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Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale

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Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

April 13, 2021
Justin Trudeau
Janice Charette
Stefanie Beck (acting)
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

November 4, 2015 - November 19, 2019
Justin Trudeau
Steven Blaney
Bill Blair
Minister of Finance

December 11, 2003 - February 6, 2006
Paul Martin
John Manley
Jim Flaherty
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003
Jean Chrétien
Don Boudria
Stephen Owen
Minister of Natural Resources

June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002
Jean Chrétien
Anne McLellan
Herb Dhaliwal
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

November 4, 1993 - June 10, 1997
Jean Chrétien
Charles Mayer
Lyle Vanclief
Member of Parliament
for Regina--Wascana
(Wascana; 1997-2015)

October 25, 1993 - October 20, 2019
Larry Schneider
Michael Kram
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Assiniboia-Gravelbourg

October 20, 1986 - January 1, 1988
Allen Engel
Jack Wolfe
Member of Parliament
for Assiniboia

July 8, 1974 - May 22, 1979
Bill Knight
Leonard Gustafson
Personal details
Born
Ralph Edward Goodale

(1949-10-05) October 5, 1949 (age 71)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Pam Goodale
Alma materUniversity of Regina
University of Saskatchewan

Ralph Edward Goodale (born October 5, 1949) is a Canadian diplomat and retired politician who has served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since April 19, 2021.

Goodale was first elected in 1974 as the member of Parliament (MP) for Assiniboia, as a member of the Liberal Party. He was defeated in 1979, and moved into provincial Saskatchewan politics, serving as leader of the Saskatchewan Liberals from 1981 to 1988. He returned to federal politics in 1993, as the MP for Regina--Wascana (known simply as Wascana from 1997 to 2015), and served in the governments of Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau, in several roles including as minister of finance and minister of public safety.

Early life

Goodale was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised on a farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, the son of Winnifred Claire (Myers) and Thomas Henry Goodale.[1][2] He was a member of Scouts Canada and earned the rank of Queen's Scout.[3] He first attended the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus and then obtained a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for academic achievement.[]

Federal politics, 1974-1979

Active at politics from a young age, he was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in the 1974 election at the age of 24 from the seat of Assiniboia. He defeated New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent Bill Knight. He served as a backbench supporter of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's government until the 1979 election, when he was defeated, coming in third behind winning Progressive Conservative Leonard Gustafson and Knight.[]

Provincial politics

In 1981, Goodale was named leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party. He led that party to a very poor showing in the 1982 provincial election, in which the party received 4.51% of the popular vote and won no seats in the provincial legislature. However, Goodale was the only Liberal candidate to receive more than 1,000 votes; he won 2,760 in Assiniboia-Gravelbourg and lost narrowly to incumbent Allen Engel.[4]

The party won 9.99% of the vote in the 1986 provincial election, but only Goodale was elected to the legislature, defeating Engel in a rematch. Goodale ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility in this election, arguing that both the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties favoured excessive spending policies, typified by their proposals for a Keynesian-style stimulation of the provincial economy through subsidized home improvement and renovation schemes.[]

Return to federal politics

Defeated in 1988 election

Goodale resigned as leader to run for the federal Liberals in the 1988 election for the seat of Regina--Wascana. He lost narrowly to former Regina mayor Larry Schneider, who later went on to serve briefly in Kim Campbell's cabinet. Beginning earlier that year and prior to his resignation, Goodale's executive assistant was Jason Kenney. Kenney would become a Conservative Party of Canada MP in Calgary ridings Calgary Southeast and Calgary Midnapore (1997-2016) and later Premier of Alberta (since 2019).[]

Goodale then spent five years in the private sector, working for companies such as the Pioneer Life Assurance Company, Pioneer Lifeco Inc., and Sovereign Life Insurance Co.; he has stated in interviews that he felt his political career had ended.[]

In government, 1993-2006

Goodale in 2004.

Goodale contested Regina--Wascana again in the 1993 federal election and was elected as part of the Liberal landslide that year. As a member of the new Chrétien cabinet, Goodale was named Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. He has the prenominal "the Honourable" and the postnominal "PC" for life by virtue of being made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on November 4, 1993.[5] He was reelected for this riding, known as Wascana from 1997 to 2015, in the next seven federal elections.

In 1997, he became the Minister of Natural Resources. In May 2002, he was named Minister of Public Works and Government Services, a few weeks after the Auditor General Sheila Fraser issued a report accusing the department of inappropriate contracting practices.[6] This began the exposure of the Sponsorship scandal.[]

A close ally of Paul Martin, Goodale was appointed to the senior portfolio of Finance Minister when Martin became Prime Minister on December 12, 2003. In that capacity he tabled two consecutive balanced budgets and launched the Government's productivity agenda.[]

On December 28, 2005, a letter surfaced from Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli confirming the force was launching a criminal investigation into whether details regarding government tax policies relating to income trust funds were leaked from the Finance Minister's office. Goodale said he would co-operate completely with any investigation, but would not step aside while the RCMP continued their probe. The investigation dealt only with the Department of Finance, and not the minister himself.[7] On February 15, 2007 the RCMP announced the conclusion of the income trust investigation and laid a charge of 'Breach of Trust' against Serge Nadeau, an official in the Department of Finance,[8] who pleaded guilty in 2010.[9] Goodale was cleared of any wrongdoing,[10] and blamed the NDP's Judy Wasylycia-Leis for sabotaging the Liberals in the 2006 election.[11]

In opposition, 2006-2015

Goodale was re-elected to the House of Commons in the general election on January 23, 2006, but the Conservatives won government and he lost his cabinet position. He was named Opposition House Leader by interim Liberal leader Bill Graham in 2006, and continued to serve in this role under the leaderships of Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff until September 2010 when he was promoted to Deputy Leader.[]

2006 Liberal Party leadership election

After the Liberals' defeat and Paul Martin's election-night announcement that he would resign as party leader, Goodale initially indicated that he was not interested in succeeding Martin in that post. "I do not anticipate ever having to cross that bridge," he said. "I rule it out."[12] On March 13, 2006, the Toronto Star reported that Goodale was reconsidering his decision, and stated that he may enter the Liberal leadership election after all.[13] In the end, he declined, citing his inability to speak French as a key reason. On November 28, 2006, he endorsed Bob Rae to be the next leader of the Liberal Party.[14] After the third ballot, Bob Rae, who finished third, was eliminated. Goodale then endorsed Stéphane Dion, the eventual winner.

Goodale was opposed to David Orchard's candidacy in the by-election for Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River.[15] Dion terminated the nomination contest and appointed Joan Beatty as the candidate.

Proposed coalition government, 2008

Goodale was re-elected once more in the fall of 2008. One month later, in November 2008, the Liberals and their fellow opposition parties in the Canadian parliament, the NDP and Bloc Québécois, indicated their intention to defeat Stephen Harper's Conservative government in a motion of no confidence, and expressed their desire for Governor General Michaëlle Jean to ask a member of the opposition to form a new government. While there was initially some speculation that Goodale would become Prime Minister of Canada as leader of the proposed coalition government,[16] the coalition agreement simply made "the leader of the Liberal Party" Prime Minister. The Liberals agreed shortly after that Stéphane Dion would lead the government on an interim basis until a new Liberal leader was chosen.[17] In the end, at Prime Minister Harper's request, Jean prorogued Parliament before a confidence vote could be put to the House. By the time Parliament resumed in January 2009, Michael Ignatieff had become interim leader of the party. He did not seek to bring down the government and agreed to support Harper's budget with amendments.[]

2011 election

Goodale was one of the 34 Liberal MPs who was returned in the 2011 federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada's worst-ever electoral performance.[] He and Kevin Lamoureux of Winnipeg North in Winnipeg, Manitoba, were the only two Liberal MPs elected from the Prairie provinces.

The NDP surpassed the Liberals in number of seats, becoming the official opposition, resulted in priority in choosing parliamentary offices. They requested that Goodale forfeit his suite in the coveted Central Block. The Liberals saw this as a measure of disrespect to Goodale, noting that he had seniority as a former cabinet minister and house leader, despite this being standard practice and noting the Conservatives had not asked any Liberals to give up their offices.[11]

In government, 2015-2019

The Liberals won a majority government in the 2015 federal election, and Goodale was re-elected to a ninth term in the House of Commons, once again representing Regina--Wascana as a consequence of redistricting. In his first cabinet, the new prime minister Justin Trudeau named Goodale to be Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.[18] He is the only MP to serve in government with both Pierre and Justin Trudeau.[19] An order in council on November 4, 2015,[20] places Goodale as first in line to assume the prime minister's powers and duties as acting prime minister, should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau become incapacitated. Trudeau did not appoint a deputy prime minister at that time.

Goodale sought re-election in the 2019 federal election, but lost his bid to Conservative Party candidate Michael Kram in a rematch of the 2015 race. Despite having represented the riding since 1993, Goodale was defeated by more than 16 percentage points.[21]

Post-politics

On March 31, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Goodale as Special Advisor to the Government of Canada's response to Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash.[22] Goodale will "examine lessons learned" from Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, Air India Flight 182 and other air disasters and "develop a framework to guide Canada's responses to international air disasters."[23]

Diplomatic career

Goodale was appointed the Canadian high commissioner to the United Kingdom on April 13, 2021,[24][25] replacing Janice Charette who was appointed the interim clerk of the Privy Council for Canada.[26] Goodale's priorities in the position will include "working with the U.K. on climate change and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic" as well as replacing the "transitional trade agreement with a permanent deal in the wake of Brexit".[26]

Reactions to appointment

The appointment drew praise from Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe, who called the appointment "well deserved" and stating Goodale will be "a real advocate and a great representative for the nation and Canada, but he'll also be, in many ways, a great representative for the province of Saskatchewan", as well as Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong, who said Goodale "brings a lot of experience to the job".[26]

Electoral record

Regina--Wascana

2019 Canadian federal election:
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Michael Kram 22,418 49.43 +19.16 $74,982.33
Liberal Ralph Goodale 15,242 33.6 -21.53 $92,046.46
New Democratic Hailey Clark 5,801 12.79 +0.24 none listed
Green Tamela Friesen 1,316 2.9 +0.84 none listed
People's Mario Milanovski 450 0.99 - none listed
Independent Evangeline Godron 128 0.28 - none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +20.35
Source: Elections Canada[27][28][29]
2015 Canadian federal election:
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ralph Goodale 23,552 55.13 +13.37 $96,786.47
Conservative Michael Kram 12,931 30.27 -5.44 $89,000.81
New Democratic April Bourgeois 5,362 12.55 -7.53 $21,735.49
Green Frances Simonson 878 2.06 -0.4 $4,601.01
Total valid votes/Expense limit
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters
Liberal hold Swing +9.41
Source: Elections Canada[30][31][32]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 15,823 40.8 -5.2 $65,366
Conservative Ian Shields 14,291 36.9 +2.3 $74,976
New Democratic Marc Spooner 7,681 19.8 +5.1 $25,821
Green Bill Clary 954 2.5 -2.1 $755
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 17,028 46.0 -5.7 $66,057
Conservative Michelle Hunter 12,798 34.6 +4.4 $66,686
New Democratic Stephen Moore 5,418 14.7 +0.2 $19,393
Green George Wooldridge 1,706 4.6 +1.1 $4,204
Total valid votes/Expense limit
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 20,666 51.8 -5.4 $66,648
Conservative Brad Farquhar 11,990 30.0 +5.8 $67,579
New Democratic Helen Yum 5,880 14.7 -1.3 $30,123
Green Nigel Taylor 1,378 3.5 +0.9 $1,653
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 20,567 57.2 +16.0 $43,226
Conservative Doug Cryer 8,709 24.2 -11.9 $57,802
New Democratic Erin M.K. Weir 5,771 16.0 -5.5 $29,783
Green Darcy Robilliard 928 2.6
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
2000 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 14,244 41.2 -0.7 $56,685
Alliance James Rybchuk 12,492 36.1 +7.2 $59,667
New Democratic Garth Ormiston 7,446 21.5 -6.8 $58,098
Canadian Action Wayne Gilmer 401 1.2 +0.4 $1,619
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
1997 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 14,077 41.9 -2.4 $54,021
New Democratic John Burton 9,530 28.4 +7.2 $37,942
Reform Glen Blager 7,261 21.6 +5.9 $39,285
Progressive Conservative Michael Morris 2,477 7.4 -8.4 $18,266
Canadian Action Walter P. Sigda 264 0.8 $1,822
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
1993 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal (x) Ralph Goodale 19,555 44.3 +11.5
New Democratic Donna Shire 9,323 21.1 -11.8
Progressive Conservative Larry Schneider 6,943 15.7 -18.3
Reform Andrew Jackson 6,935 15.7
National John Keen 734 1.7
Natural Law C. Angus Hunt 228 0.5
Christian Heritage Hugh Owens 192 0.4
Independent Barry James Farr 185 0.4
Canada Party Walter P. Sigda 64 0.1
Total valid votes
1988 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative (x) Larry Schneider 15,339 34.0
New Democratic Dickson Bailey 14,829 32.9
Liberal Ralph Goodale 14,804 32.8
Communist Kimball Cariou 76 0.2
Libertarian Ian Christopher Madsen 65 0.1
Total valid votes

Assiniboia-Gravelbourg

Saskatchewan General Election 1986: Assiniboia-Gravelbourg
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ralph Edward Goodale 3,246 41.01 +8.66
New Democratic Allen Willard Engel 2,395 30.26 -3.43
     PC Bill Fancourt 2,273 28.72 +0.14
Total 7,914 100.00
Saskatchewan General Election 1982: Assiniboia-Gravelbourg
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Allen Willard Engel 2,875 33.69 -4.80
Liberal Ralph Edward Goodale 2,760 32.34 -0.43
     PC Rene Archambault 2,438 28.57 -0.13
Western Canada Concept Hugh Clarke 459 5.37 -
Total 8,532

Assiniboia

1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Len Gustafson 11,251
Liberal Ralph Goodale 10,167
New Democratic Randy MacKenzie 9,710
Social Credit Walton Eddy 178
1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Len Gustafson 12,365
New Democratic Bill Knight 11,183
Liberal Ralph Goodale 9,955
Social Credit Walton Eddy 292
1974 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ralph Goodale 9,986
New Democratic Bill Knight 9,441
Progressive Conservative Tom Hart 7,105
Social Credit Rod McRae 246

Honours

Commonwealth honours

Commonwealth honours
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
 Canada 4 November 1993 – Present Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada PC
 Canada 6 February 1977 – Present Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
 Canada 7 May 1992 – Present 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
 Canada 6 February 2002 – Present Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
 Canada 6 February 2012 – Present Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal


References

  1. ^ The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 2005. ISBN 9781414401416.
  2. ^ The Canadian Who's who. 1983. ISBN 9780802040923.
  3. ^ [1] Archived November 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Biodata Archived August 12, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Martin, Lawrence Iron Man, Toronto: Viking, 2003 page 358
  7. ^ "RCMP to investigate allegations of income trust leak". CBC News. 2005-12-29. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "RCMP investigation conclusion". News.gc.ca. 2011-04-20. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Former Finance Department bureaucrat pleads guilty to illegal stock trades". www.guelphmercury.com. Guelph Mercury. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Goodale cleared in trust case". Canada.com. 2007-02-16. Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b Taber, Jane (May 31, 2011). "First went their colleagues, now the Grits are losing office space". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Ralph Goodale rules out run for Liberal leadership | CBC News". CBC News. April 21, 2006. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Gordon, Sean (March 13, 2006). "Rae speaks today, and Liberals are listening; Ex-NDP premier not expected to formally announce leadership bid yet But Winnipeg address raises profile in a crowded field of potential rivals". The Toronto Star.
  14. ^ Whittington, Les (November 29, 2006). "Goodale backing boosts Rae bid". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Delacourt, Susan (January 5, 2008). "Dion accused of snubbing Orchard". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Whittington, Les; Tonda MacCharles; Bruce Campion-Smith (November 30, 2008). "Tories blink first in showdown". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018. One prominent name being mentioned is former Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale.
  17. ^ "Liberals, NDP, Bloc sign deal on proposed coalition". CBC News. December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale sworn in as minister of public safety". CBC News. November 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ Cassidy, Tiffany (October 21, 2015). "Ralph Goodale only MP to serve under both Trudeau prime ministers". CBC News. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Office, Government of Canada Privy Council. "Orders in Council - Search". www.pco-bcp.gc.ca. Retrieved .
  21. ^ Martin, Ashley (October 22, 2019). "Election 2019: Goodale loses seat in Regina-Wascana". leaderpost. Retrieved 2021.
  22. ^ "Ralph Goodale named special advisor to feds on Iran plane crash". globalnews.ca. March 31, 2020. Archived from the original on March 31, 2020.
  23. ^ "The Prime Minister announces Special Advisor for Canada's ongoing response to the Ukraine International Airlines tragedy" (Press release). PMO. March 31, 2020. Archived from the original on March 31, 2020.
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  31. ^ Elections Canada - Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  32. ^ [3]

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