Peter Gordon MACKAY

MACKAY, The Hon. Peter Gordon, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
September 27, 1965
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_MacKay
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=46dccbed-4370-40f0-975f-d08fe1688aa2&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
crown attorney, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
PC
  Pictou--Antigonish--Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (June 18, 1997 - September 18, 2001)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
PC
  Pictou--Antigonish--Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (June 18, 1997 - September 18, 2001)
  • PC/DR Coalition House Leader (September 19, 2001 - April 9, 2002)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (April 11, 2002 - October 29, 2002)
February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Pictou--Antigonish--Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (February 6, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 6, 2006 - August 13, 2007)
  • Minister of National Defence (August 14, 2007 - July 14, 2013)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (February 6, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister of National Defence (August 14, 2007 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister for the Atlantic Gateway (October 30, 2008 - January 18, 2010)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of National Defence (August 14, 2007 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (July 15, 2013 - November 3, 2015)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of National Defence (August 14, 2007 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (July 15, 2013 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 866)


June 18, 2015

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, my question for the hon. lady is this. What does she have against facts and what does she have against keeping Canadians safe?

We have passed some 30 justice bills in the life of this Parliament and since we have taken office designed specifically to keep Canadians safe and to ensure that Canadians can have confidence in their justice system and security forces. Every step of the way, my hon. friend and her colleagues have chosen to oppose those efforts.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question.

The reality is that in fact a full 70% of the cases that are litigated in the country involving the federal government are won by the federal government, and 85% of those cases originate outside of the federal government.

With respect to their constitutionality, we have very talented people at the Department of Justice. I have full confidence in their assessments. We never bring bills before the House that do not meet that constitutional charter test.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. gentleman will know, the Canadian Human Rights Act and several of its provincial counterparts, as well as the Criminal Code itself already recognize that discrimination on the basis of transsexualism, gender identity or expression is a form of sex discrimination. Section 718 of the Criminal Code specifically provides a non-exhaustive list of aggravating factors used to increase sentences, which includes sex, sexual orientation and/or any other similar factors.

Therefore, sufficient protection exists, as it should. I respect what the hon. member is attempting to do, but the reality is that the protections are there now.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

moved that Bill C-53, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Life Means Life Act
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, like my friend from Calgary, I have spoken to many victims and heard their concerns. It is why we have passed over 30 justice bills in this place, including the victims bill of rights. Our proposed bill would help ensure that the worst of the worst offenders, those who kill police officers, prison guards, who kill during a sexual assault, kidnapping or act of terrorism face severe consequences, including the potential of imprisonment for life without parole.

Only this Conservative government can be counted on to give victims a voice and to protect our families and communities from violent criminals.

To you, Mr. Speaker, and all of my colleagues, I say goodbye, Godspeed, and enjoy the summer.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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