Carolyn Bennett

Date of Birth: December 20, 1950
Political Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Occupation: Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations
Career Start: 1977
Residence: Toronto, Ontario
Education: Degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1974

Life Story

Carolyn Ann Bennett PC MP (born December 20, 1950) is a Canadian physician and politician. She has served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto St. Paul’s, a constituency located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since 1997. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and was formerly a candidate for its leadership. During the Paul Martin government, Bennett, who was a family physician for twenty years before entering politics, was Minister of State for Public Health and established the Public Health Agency of Canada. She was appointed Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in the 29th Canadian Ministry, and retained the position after it was renamed Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

Political Career

Bennett ran for public office in the 1995 Ontario provincial election as a candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party. Running in the riding of St. Andrew St. Patrick, she lost to Progressive Conservative candidate Isabel Bassett by about 3,500 votes. Bennett was more successful in the 1997 federal election, defeating her closest opponent in St. Paul’s by almost 15,000 votes. She was re-elected by increased margins in the elections of 2000 and 2004. On December 12, 2003, after Paul Martin became Prime Minister, he appointed Bennett as his Minister of State for Public Health. In her two years as Minister, she set up the Public Health Agency of Canada, appointed the first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada, and established the Public Health Network. She was chair of the Canada-Israel Friendship Group from 1999 to 2003 and is a member of Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel.

All the promises made before 2019 polls / by the party

  • Appointed a gender-balanced cabinet
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a big step toward gender parity when he historically unveiled Canada’s first ever gender balanced cabinet.
  • New Canada Child Benefit
    The Canada Child Benefit gives more money to 9 out of 10 Canadians families, and lifts almost 300,000 children out of poverty.
  • Lowered taxes for middle class
    The middle class tax cut helps to strengthen the middle class, benefiting about 9 million Canadians each year. When middle class Canadians have more money in their pockets to save, invest, and grow the economy, we all benefit.
  • Increased taxes for the wealthiest 1%
    To help pay for the middle-class tax cut, we asked the wealthiest one per cent of Canadians to contribute a little more. Taken together, these changes give middle class Canadians a tax break by making taxes fairer.
  • Pan-Canadian plan for pricing carbon pollution
    Pricing carbon pollution is a crucial step toward reducing emissions, spurring innovation, and creating well-paying jobs, while protecting our air and water for our children and grandchildren.
  • Unmuzzled government scientists
    By unmuzzling government scientists and allowing them to share their expertise, the Liberal government has begun to restore science’s important role in national policy.
  • Reinstated the long-form census
    Canada’s long-form census makes it possible to include evidence-based decision making and reliable data in national policy creation. With a 98.4% response rate, Stats Canada experienced its “best census ever.”
  • Revitalized federal ocean science programs
    The hiring of 135 new aquatic scientists and new research partnerships is an important part of protecting Canada’s oceans, waterways, and fisheries.
  • Expansion and Protection of Rouge National Park
    The Liberal government continues to put Canada’s environment first by ensuring broad ecological protection of Rouge National Urban Park.
  • Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan
    Achieving an agreement in principle with provinces and territories to strengthen the CPP is a powerful step toward helping Canadians have a strong, secure and stable retirement.
  • Returned OAS eligibility to 65
    Returning the eligibility age back to 65 for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement prioritizes how we care for older Canadians. It will put thousands of dollars back in the pockets of Canadians as they become seniors.
  • Increased Guaranteed Income Supplement payments for single seniors
    Strengthening income security for Canada’s most vulnerable single seniors reaffirms the government’s commitment to helping low-income seniors. This will improve the financial security of about 900,000 single seniors across Canada.
  • New funding for women’s shelters
    Budget 2016 provides significant new funding to ensure shelters and transition homes have the resources to help women and their families. An important step forward in the fight to end violence against women.
  • More money for infrastructure
    An historic $120 billion investment in infrastructure over 10 years will help strengthen Canadian communities and grow the economy.
  • Launched National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry
    After consulting with Canadians in a nation-wide process, the national inquiry into the disproportionate number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls confirms the Liberal government’s commitment to put an end to this national tragedy.
  • Increased Nutrition North funding
    More funding for Nutrition North will provide better support for food security to Canadian families living in isolated communities.
  • Simplified Family Immigration
    The government’s ambitious new immigration plan places an increased effort on uniting families more quickly and easily once they arrive in Canada.
  • Legalized medical assistance in dying
    Bill C-14 offers the choice to die with dignity to eligible patients who are suffering intolerably.
  • Re-opened the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base
    Three years since the Conservatives shut it down, the Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard base in Vancouver was reopened to keep our waters safe and clean.
  • Strengthened First Nations Education
    The Liberal government is making significant investments for primary and secondary education on reserves, part of a $2.6 billion commitment to make sure that every First Nations child receives a quality education.
  • Increased Canada Student Grants
    Increasing Canada Student Grants by 50% will help more than 350,000 students achieve a more prosperous future.
  • Prime Minister’s Youth Council
    The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is an opportunity for young Canadians to provide their input on national policy, and revitalizes youth engagement in government.
  • Revitalized Canada’s international profile
    Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team have rejuvenated Canada’s presence on the world stage, re-engaging in international policy and supporting global efforts.
  • Signed Paris Climate Change Agreement
    On April 22, 2016, Canada signed an international agreement to combat climate change and work towards a better global future.
  • Senate-appointment reform
    A new efficient and non-partisan appointment system ensures that the Canadian Senate is more open and democratic.
  • A focus on training and humanitarian aid in Syria
    A new military approach toward conflict in Iraq and Syria keeps the focus on training on the ground and humanitarian aid, ultimately leading to a more effective long-term solution.
  • Enhanced Services for Veterans
    By May 2017, the Liberal government will reopen and staff 9 Veterans Affairs service offices across the country which were closed by the previous government, while also opening a new office in Surrey, B.C. and expanding outreach to veterans in the North.

Honors/ Awards

  • Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross (1986)
  • EVE Award for Contributing to the Advancement of Women in Politics (2002)
  • CAMIMH Mental Health Champion Award (2003)
  • National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Injury Prevention and Safety
  • W. Victor Johnston Award for Lifetime Contribution to Family Medicine in Canada and Internationally (2009)