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The Hon. Jean Augustine, P.C., C.M.

Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd):  1937-09-09

Place of Birth:  St George's, Grenada

Profession | Occupation:  school principal

Notes: First black woman elected to the House of Commons.

Federal Political Experience

Years of Service: 4,473 days (12 years, 2 months, 29 days)

House of Commons

Constituency Political Affiliation at Election Date of Election Result
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 1997-06-02 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 2004-06-28 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore
First black woman elected to the House of Commons.
Liberal Party of Canada 1993-10-25 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 2000-11-27 Elected

Parliamentary Group

Party Term
Liberal Party of Canada 1993-10-25 - 2006-01-22

Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian

Minister of State / Secretary of State
Portfolio Term
Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women)
Augustine was assigned by Order in Council P.C. 2003-2024 of December 12, 2003, a Minister of State styled Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women), to assist the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Source: Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation.
2003-12-12 - 2004-07-19
Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)
First black woman appointed Cabinet minister.
Augustine was assigned by Order in Council P.C. 2002-887 of May 26, 2002, a Minister of State, to be known as Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women), to assist the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Source: Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation.
2002-05-26 - 2003-12-11
Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole
Portfolio Term
Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole 2004-10-07 - 2006-02-05
Parliamentary Secretary
Portfolio Term
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister 1993-12-06 - 1996-02-22
Committees - House of Commons

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Vice-Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Liaison Committee Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Subcommittee on Committee Rooms of the Liaison Committee Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Human Resources Development Vice-Chair 35th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1996-03-01 - 1997-04-27)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-30 - 1999-09-18)
Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Member 35th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1996-03-27 - 1997-04-27)
Standing Committee on Human Resources Development Member 35th Parliament, 1st Session
(1994-01-17 - 1996-02-02)
Committees - Cabinet
Committee Role Term
Domestic Affairs Member 2003-12-12 - 2004-07-19

Federal Public Office

Special Adviser
Portfolio Term
Special Adviser for Grenada 2004-11-26 - 2006-01-22

Selected Publications

The following is a select bibliography, representing key titles or contributions from the parliamentarian’s collection of published works. To learn more about this parliamentarian’s written works please consult a library near you.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. Should you find any errors please contact us via e-mail at: parlinfo@parl.gc.ca.

L'accessibilité des médicaments contre le VIH/sida en Afrique : document d'information. [Chambre des communes], Bureau de Jean Augustine; 24, 23 p. 2001

Parliament and civil society. Canadian Parliamentary Review. 25:4-6 Spring 2002

The fourth U.N. Conference on Women. Diplomat & International Canada. p.16-17 Sept./Oct.1995

Le Parlement et la société civile. Revue parlementaire canadienne. 25:4-6 printemps 2002

The black presence in Canadian politics. Ottawa: [House of Commons], Office of Jean Augustine; 17, [3] p. c2002

The accessibility of medications for HIV/AIDS in Africa: background paper. Ottawa: [House of Commons] Office of Jean Augustine; 23, 24 p 2001

Federal Political Experience

Years of Service: 4,473 days (12 years, 2 months, 29 days)

House of Commons

Constituency Political Affiliation at Election Date of Election Result
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 1997-06-02 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 2004-06-28 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore
First black woman elected to the House of Commons.
Liberal Party of Canada 1993-10-25 Elected
Etobicoke--Lakeshore Liberal Party of Canada 2000-11-27 Elected

Parliamentary Group

Party Term
Liberal Party of Canada 1993-10-25 - 2006-01-22

Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian

Minister of State / Secretary of State
Portfolio Term
Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women)
Augustine was assigned by Order in Council P.C. 2003-2024 of December 12, 2003, a Minister of State styled Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women), to assist the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Source: Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation.
2003-12-12 - 2004-07-19
Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)
First black woman appointed Cabinet minister.
Augustine was assigned by Order in Council P.C. 2002-887 of May 26, 2002, a Minister of State, to be known as Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women), to assist the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Source: Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation.
2002-05-26 - 2003-12-11
Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole
Portfolio Term
Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole 2004-10-07 - 2006-02-05
Parliamentary Secretary
Portfolio Term
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister 1993-12-06 - 1996-02-22
Committees - House of Commons

Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

Committee Role Term
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Vice-Chair 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1999-10-12 - 2000-10-22)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Liaison Committee Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Subcommittee on Committee Rooms of the Liaison Committee Member 37th Parliament, 1st Session
(2001-01-29 - 2002-09-16)
Standing Committee on Human Resources Development Vice-Chair 35th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1996-03-01 - 1997-04-27)
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-22 - 1999-09-18)
Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons Member 36th Parliament, 1st Session
(1997-09-30 - 1999-09-18)
Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Member 35th Parliament, 2nd Session
(1996-03-27 - 1997-04-27)
Standing Committee on Human Resources Development Member 35th Parliament, 1st Session
(1994-01-17 - 1996-02-02)
Committees - Cabinet
Committee Role Term
Domestic Affairs Member 2003-12-12 - 2004-07-19

Federal Public Office

Special Adviser
Portfolio Term
Special Adviser for Grenada 2004-11-26 - 2006-01-22

Selected Publications

The following is a select bibliography, representing key titles or contributions from the parliamentarian’s collection of published works. To learn more about this parliamentarian’s written works please consult a library near you.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. Should you find any errors please contact us via e-mail at: parlinfo@parl.gc.ca.

L'accessibilité des médicaments contre le VIH/sida en Afrique : document d'information. [Chambre des communes], Bureau de Jean Augustine; 24, 23 p. 2001

Parliament and civil society. Canadian Parliamentary Review. 25:4-6 Spring 2002

The fourth U.N. Conference on Women. Diplomat & International Canada. p.16-17 Sept./Oct.1995

Le Parlement et la société civile. Revue parlementaire canadienne. 25:4-6 printemps 2002

The black presence in Canadian politics. Ottawa: [House of Commons], Office of Jean Augustine; 17, [3] p. c2002

The accessibility of medications for HIV/AIDS in Africa: background paper. Ottawa: [House of Commons] Office of Jean Augustine; 23, 24 p 2001