Peter MacKay

Born Sep 27, 1965

Peter Gordon MacKay, PC, QC, MP is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Member of Parliament for Central Nova and currently serves as Minister of National Defence in the Cabinet of Canada. He is married to Nazanin Afshin-Jam an Iranian-Canadian model, singer, and human rights activist, and a former Miss World Canada. MacKay was the final leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PC Party).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Peter MacKay.


1965 Birth Born on September 27, 1965.


1987 21 Years Old He graduated from Horton High School in Greenwich, Nova Scotia, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University/Carleton University in 1987, MacKay then studied Law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991. … Read More
1993 27 Years Old In 1993, MacKay accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. … Read More


1997 31 Years Old MacKay was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the June 2, 1997 federal election for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, a riding in northeastern Nova Scotia. … Read More
2000 34 Years Old MacKay was re-elected in the 2000 federal election and was frequently touted by the media as a possible successor to PC Party leader Joe Clark. … Read More
When asked in a 2001 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary on the resurgence of the PC Party if he would ever consider running for the PC leadership, MacKay quipped, "If there's one thing I've learned in politics it's 'never say never.' … Read More
2002 36 Years Old Clark announced his impending resignation as party leader at the PC Party's bi-annual convention held in Edmonton, Alberta in August 2002. … Read More
MacKay formally launched his leadership campaign in his hometown of New Glasgow in January 2003. … Read More
MacKay announced on January 13, 2004, that he would not run for the leadership of the new Conservative Party. … Read More
In an interview in the Toronto Star on January 8, 2005, Stronach confirmed that she and MacKay were dating. Stronach, elected as a Conservative in the 2004 election, crossed the floor to the Liberal Party on May 17, 2005.


MacKay's campaign was largely based on his leadership skills and a national organization rather than on policies or new directions. MacKay is largely viewed by political analysts as a Red Tory. The Honourable Peter MacKay voted in favour of same-sex marriage in 2006.
2007 - 2009 3 More Events
2010 44 Years Old 1 More Event
MacKay and Juginovic later called off the engagement in June 2010.
2012 - 2014 2 More Events
2015 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 29, 2015, MacKay announced that he would not be a candidate in the 2015 federal election.


2016 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2016, MacKay joined Toronto law firm Baker & McKenzie as a partner.
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