Peter MacKay

Canadian politician

Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC (born September 27, 1965) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and was Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[1]

Peter MacKay

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MacKay in 2011
50th Minister of Justice
Attorney General of Canada
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byRob Nicholson
Succeeded byJody Wilson-Raybould
39th Minister of National Defence
In office
August 14, 2007 – July 15, 2013
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byGordon O'Connor
Succeeded byRob Nicholson
6th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 6, 2006 – August 14, 2007
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byPierre Pettigrew
Succeeded byMaxime Bernier
Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
In office
February 6, 2006 – January 19, 2010
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byJoe McGuire
Succeeded byKeith Ashfield
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
March 22, 2004 – November 5, 2015
LeaderStephen Harper
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDenis Lebel
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party
In office
May 31, 2003 – December 7, 2003
Preceded byJoe Clark
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Central Nova
In office
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded bySean Fraser
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough
In office
June 2, 1997 – June 28, 2004
Preceded byRoseanne Skoke
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Crown Attorney
for Central Region, Nova Scotia
In office
Personal details
Peter Gordon MacKay

(1965-09-27) September 27, 1965 (age 54)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyConservative (since 2003)
Other political
Progressive Conservative (1997–2003)
  • Kian Alexander
  • Valentia Makaja
  • Caledon Cyrus
Alma mater
OccupationCrown attorney, diplomat, lawyer, politician

In January 2020, MacKay announced his candidacy for Conservative Party leader in the 2020 leadership election.[2]


  1. "Allies of former Conservative Party minister Peter MacKay mull leadership bid". Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  2. Cullen, Catherine (January 15, 2020). "'I'm in': Peter MacKay confirms he's running for the Conservative leadership". CBC. Retrieved January 15, 2020.