Ralph Goodale was first elected to the House of Commons in 1974 at the age of 24. He left federal politics for a short time and served as the leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
He returned to Parliament in 1993 and has been reelected every election since. He has been named the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
An order-in-council makes Goodale first in line to assume the prime minister’s powers and duties should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be incapacitated.
Goodale is the only MP to have served under both Pierre and Justin Trudeau. He has served in the highest roles including Opposition House Leader, Deputy Leader, as well as a Minister for Agriculture, Public Works, and Finance. As Minister of Finance under Prime Minister Paul Martin Goodale presented two balanced budgets.
Under Liberal leaders Stephane Dion, Michael Ignatieff, and Justin Trudeau, Goodale has been Deputy Leader.
In 2006 Goodale was selected by his peers as Parliamentarian of the Year.
Goodale was raised on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.
Between leaving provincial politics and reentering federal politics, Goodale worked in life insurance.