Longtime MP Dominic LeBlanc has been named the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He also sits on the Board of Internal Economy.
LeBlanc was first elected as an MP in 2000. He had previously been a special advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chretien. In 2004 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader and Deputy Government Whip and he was sworn in as a member of Privy Council.
In 2008 LeBlanc announced his bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party. He later exited the race and threw his support to Michael Ignatieff.
With the change of government in 2006, LeBlanc was named Official Opposition Critic for International Trade. He also served as critic for intergovernmental affairs, justice, national defence and foreign affairs. In 2007 he was appointed as vice-chair of the Liberal Party’s policy and platform committee.
As a parliamentarian, LeBlanc has served of the Standing Committees for Fisheries and Oceans; Transport; Government Operations; National Defence and Veterans Affairs; Public Accounts; Procedures and House Affairs; International Trade; Justice and Human Rights, and Foreign Affairs.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He graduated from Harvard Law school with a Master’s. He worked as a Barrister and Solicitor with Clark Drummie in New Brunswick.
LeBlanc is Acadian. He is married to Jolène Richard, a judge in New Brunswick’s provincial court. His father was Roméo LeBlanc, the former Governor General of Canada.