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Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

The House of Commons allows us to witness democracy in action. On the floor of the Commons Chamber, the nation's most critical issues are debated and Members speak on behalf of all Canadians.



The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons is responsible for the government's program in the House of Commons by:
  • planning and managing the government's legislative program in its pre-parliamentary and parliamentary stages;
  • maintaining relations with the Opposition on all matters concerning House of Commons activities;
  • working with the Leader of the Government in the Senate to ensure the effective coordination of the government’s legislative program; and
  • ensuring policy development and legislation/motions concerning electoral and Parliamentary issues.

The Honourable Peter Van Loan

Peter Van Loan was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. Mr. Van Loan was appointed President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport in November 2006, and was named Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform in January 2007. He was appointed Minister of Public Safety in October 2008 and Minister of International Trade in January 2010.
The Honourable Peter Van Loan
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Prior to entering public life, Mr. Van Loan worked as partner and chair of the Planning and Development Law Group with the national law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. He has also been an adjunct professor of planning at the University of Toronto.

Mr. Van Loan has been active in the community, serving as a member of the Georgina Economic Development Committee, a former executive member of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, Municipal Section, and a member of the Ontario Brownfields Advisory Panel.

Mr. Van Loan obtained a master of science degree in planning and a master of arts in international relations from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

He is married to Cheryl and they have two children.

See also
House of Commons
Speaker of the House of Commons
Former Leaders of the Government in the House of Commons
Leader of the Official Opposition

External Links
Parliament of Canada Official Website
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Official Website

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