Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P.

Deputy Leader, Offical Opposition

Liberal Party of Canada

Canada’s
former Finance Minister, Ralph Goodale, was appointed Deputy Leader of the
Official Opposition in the House of Commons on September 7th, 2010. 
This new role follows 4½ years navigating the turbulence of a minority
Parliament as Liberal House Leader.


As
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Goodale is frequently called upon to
represent the Hon. Michael Ignatieff both in the House and beyond.  He chairs
the Liberal Strategy and Planning process, is heavily involved in platform
development, and pays particular attention to fiscal and economic
issues.


Raised
on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, and educated at both the University
of Regina (BA-71) and the University of Saskatchewan (LLB-72), Ralph Goodale has
practical experience in business, agriculture, law and broadcasting, as well as
federal and provincial politics.


He
was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1974 at the age of 24,
representing the sprawling rural constituency of Assiniboia.  In the 1980’s, he
served as Leader of the provincial Liberal Party, and was elected to the
Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1986.


Mr.
Goodale returned to the House of Commons in 1993 as the M.P. for Wascana, and
was subsequently re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  Through these
years, he served in the federal Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of
Natural Resources, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of
Public Works and finally Minister of Finance.  During his tenure, Canada
recorded strong economic growth, balanced budgets, declining debt, lower taxes,
and the best fiscal performance in the western world.


Ralph
Goodale and his spouse, Pamela, make their home in Regina.

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