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Geoff Regan

The Honourable
Geoff Regan
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax West
Assumed office
November 27, 2000
Preceded by Gordon Earle
In office
October 25, 1993 – June 2, 1997
Preceded by Howard Crosby
Succeeded by Gordon Earle
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
In office
December 12, 2003 – February 5, 2006
Prime Minister Paul Martin
Preceded by Robert Thibault
Succeeded by Loyola Hearn
Personal details
Born Geoffrey Paul Regan
(1959-11-22) November 22, 1959
Windsor, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Kelly Regan
Children Caitlin, Nicole, and Harrison
Residence Bedford, Nova Scotia
Profession Lawyer

Geoffrey Paul "Geoff" Regan, PC, MP (born November 22, 1959) is a Canadian politician and incumbent member of parliament for Halifax West.[1] Under Paul Martin, he was Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 2003 to 2006. He holds the honorific "the Honourable" and the post-nominal "PC" for life by virtue of being made a privy councillor and a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and honours 3
  • In opposition 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Regan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. He grew up in a strong political family. He is the son of Anita Carole Thomas (née Harrison) and former Nova Scotia Premier and Federal Cabinet Minister, Gerald Regan. His maternal grandfather, John Harrison, was a Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan.[2] His wife Kelly Regan is a provincial MLA. Two of his sisters are also well-known: Nancy Regan was a well-known local television personality with ATV, Laura Regan is an actress and brother-in-law Farhad Safinia.


Regan is a current Member of Parliament, representing the riding of Halifax West since 2000, and from 1993[3] to 1997,[4] and sits in the Liberal caucus. Regan graduated from Sackville High School in 1977 and then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University in 1980. Following university, Regan went on to earn a law degree from Dalhousie University, graduating in 1983. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1984 and practiced real estate and commercial law before entering public life.

Regan served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, under Jean Chrétien and later as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia in the newly formed government of Paul Martin, sworn in on December 12, 2003. After the 2004 federal election, Regan retained his position in cabinet in Martin’s minority government. In February 2004, Regan was appointed to act as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, in matters related to Maher Arar. Upon the defeat of the Liberal government in the 2006 election, he was appointed by Bill Graham, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, to the shadow cabinet as the Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development. During his time as critic, Regan introduced a private members’ bill to expand Canada Access Grants for disabled and low income students. In January 2007, he was appointed to the newly created Liberal Priorities and Planning Committee, which was chaired by then Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion. In March 2008, Regan was named Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability. Regan also served as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Awards and honours

  • Metro Food Bank Society Community Leadership Award (1992)
  • Halifax Board of Trade Certificate of Merit (1992)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Appointed member of the Queens’s Privy Council for Canada (2003)
  • Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal (2005) The International Ocean Institute awarded Regan then Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for his "exemplary leadership in the field of Ocean Governance."
  • Lebanese Community Recognition Award (2008)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

In opposition

Regan was re-elected in the 2000,[5] 2004,[6] 2006, 2008, and 2011 federal elections,[7] despite significant Liberal losses in all three. Under the leadership of Stephane Dion, Regan served as Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development. Under Michael Ignatieff, Regan served as Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, and later, Public Works and Government Services. He is currently acting as the Liberal Natural Resources spokesperson under leader Justin Trudeau and serves as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.


  1. ^ Hill, Tony L. (2002). Canadian Politics, Riding by Riding: An In-depth Analysis of Canada's 301 Federal Electoral Districts. Prospect Park Press. p. 37.  
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Atlantic region hands Liberals near-clean sweep". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 1993. Archived from the original on July 20, 2001. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  4. ^ "NDP's Earle becomes first Black MP for N.S.". The Chronicle Herald. June 3, 1997. Archived from the original on May 22, 2001. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Halifax West's Regan 'delighted' to be back". The Chronicle Herald. November 28, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  6. ^ "'"Geoff Regan: 'What a thrill. The Chronicle Herald. June 29, 2004. Archived from the original on September 6, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Regan holds Halifax West for Liberals". CBC News. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 

External links

  • Official Site
  • Political Biography from the Library of Parliament
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