The Prime Minister of Canada
Welcome to the new Liberal Party of Canada website.
Canadians elected a new Government on June 28th, the 38th in our nation’s proud
history, and they expect their representatives to make it work.
We will endeavour to prove ourselves up to the task. My new team is dedicated
to building a 21st century economy, strengthening our cherished social programs
and achieving real progress on the issues that matter most to people across our
We will be steadfast in working on behalf of all Canadians to build a better
We have already begun to work hard to implement our campaign platform, working
together with our provincial and municipal counterparts when needed, to deliver
the change that Canadians are looking for.
I believe that we have the responsibility to make government serve Canadians
and to provide the services and leadership that they trusted us to deliver.
I welcome you to the Liberal Party of Canada website and hope that you will
visit here frequently to learn more about the Liberal Party.
Paul Martin, Leader
Liberal Party of Canada
Paul Martin is Canada’s 21st Prime Minister.
Mr. Martin is the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montreal, Quebec.
He was first elected federally in 1988. In 1990, he ran for the leadership of
the Liberal Party of Canada and finished second at the leadership convention.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Martin was associate finance critic and critic for the
environment for the Liberal opposition in the House of Commons. In 1993, he
played a key role in developing the Liberal platform for the federal election
and co-authored Creating Opportunity: The Liberal Plan for Canada, better known
as the “Red Book.”
Liberals were returned to power in the 1993 vote and Mr. Martin was sworn in as
Minister of Finance. He served in that role from November 1993 until June 2002.
In the months leading up to the November 2003 Liberal Leadership Convention,
Mr. Martin garnered unprecedented support from Liberals right across the
At September’s Delegate Election Meetings and then at the convention, Mr.
Martin received upwards of 93% of the vote, making him the newest leader of the
party and now the Prime Minister of Canada.
Mr. Martin brings to the Prime Minister’s office an impressive track record.
During his time as finance minister, Canada recorded five consecutive budget
surpluses, erased a $42 billion deficit, paid down more than $36 billion in
debt, invested in health care and other key priorities and put in place the
largest tax cuts in Canadian history.
As Canada’s finance minister, Mr. Martin was highly regarded on the world stage
and represented Canada at a series of international summits. In September 1999,
he was named inaugural chair of the G-20, an international group composed of
G-7 nations and emerging market nations. He is respected internationally in
part for his leadership in forging a new world financial order in which
emerging economies would be prevented from plunging into ruinous financial
He co-chaired, alongside former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, the United
Nations Commission on the Private Sector and Development. The commission was
struck to recommend ways to boost indigenous entrepreneurship in
developing nations and then implement a number of related pilot projects.
Mr. Martin was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1938. He has a sister, Mary
Anne. His father, a distinguished Parliamentarian, died in 1992. (His
mother, Eleanor (“Nell”), died in 1993.)
The Honourable Paul Martin Sr. has been an enduring influence. He served almost
a quarter century in Liberal cabinets under four different Prime Ministers:
William Lyon Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent, Lester B. Pearson and
Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He was an influential cabinet minister and is regarded
as an architect of post-war social policy that is an enduring part of the
Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael’s College at the
University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law
School. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1966.
Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career in the private sector
as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada, in Montreal, and
as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Steamship Lines. In addition,
he has been active with a wide range of community and service organizations.
He married Sheila Ann Cowan in 1965. Their first son, Paul, was born in 1966.
Their second son, Jamie was born three years later and their youngest son,
David, was born in 1974.