THE RT. HON. HERB GRAY, P.C., C.C., Q.C., Canadian Chair
International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States
Herb Gray was born in Windsor, Ontario, on May 25th, 1931, the son of the late Harry and Fannie Gray. After graduating from Victoria School and Kennedy Collegiate in Windsor, he graduated from the School of Commerce of McGill University (Montreal) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto). He is a life member of the Ontario Bar.
He was first elected to Parliament on June 18, 1962 in his initial attempt at gaining public office for what is now called Windsor West, a riding which takes in a large part of the City of Windsor. He was re-elected in all twelve subsequent federal elections as a Liberal. This constitutes an unequalled record for continuous days of service in the House of Commons 39 years, six months and 26 days, as well as an unequalled record of 13 consecutive victories in the same riding.
Prior to September 1984, Mr. Gray served as Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Minister without Portfolio working with the Minister of Finance, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Critic on Finance for the Official Opposition, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of Regional Economic Expansion and President of the Treasury Board.
From September 1984 to February 1990, he served as Opposition House Leader. From January, 1989 to February 1990, he was also Deputy Leader of the Opposition. From February 6, 1990 to December 21, 1990, he was Leader of the Opposition. From January 1991 to November 1993, he served again as Finance Critic for the Official Opposition.
On November 4th, 1993, he was appointed Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada which meant he was responsible for federal law enforcement activities. He was also named Political Minister for Ontario. On June 11th, 1997, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, the first to occupy that position as a full time cabinet post.
On September 24th, 1997, in addition, he was assigned responsibility for development of the Government of Canada's activities to mark the new millennium. Then on March 12, 1998, he was designated as the Minister responsible for the Millennium Bureau of Canada. On September 11th, 2000, he was appointed by the Prime Minister as special representative to deal with the longstanding issue of Indian residential schools. He was then designated Minister responsible for the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada which was created in June 2001.
Mr. Gray worked extensively as a Minister and as an M.P. and continues his interest in the fields of parliamentary affairs, economic and industrial development, foreign investment, finance, consumer protection, competition, international trade, federal law enforcement, the environment and climate change, and Canada-US border issues.
On January 15, 2002 the Governor General bestowed on Mr. Gray the title "Right Honourable". He is now one of only three Canadians currently holding the title in addition to the fifteen present and former Prime Ministers, Governors General, and Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mr. Gray was appointed Chancellor of Carleton University, located in Ottawa, Ontario on November 28, 2008.
When Mr. Gray was first appointed a Minister in 1969, it was the first time in Canadian History that someone of the Jewish faith was appointed to the Federal Cabinet.
Mr. Gray, who is bilingual, took part in the work of a number of community organizations in the Windsor area prior to his election to Parliament, including the Jaycees (Windsor President 1961-62), B'nai Brith and the Club Richelieu. He is a member of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in Ottawa.
On July 23, 1967, he married Sharon Sholzberg, a lawyer (B.Sc. and B.C.L. - McGill), originally from Ville St. Laurent (Montreal), Quebec. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Mr. Gray is a Companion of the Order of Canada the highest designation of the Order of Canada–bestowed by the Governor General on up to only 165 outstanding Canadians recognizing their special contribution to Canada.
Among the honours Mr. Gray has received are:
|Designation as "The Right Honourable"
LL.D. (Hon.), University of Windsor
LL.D. (Hon.), Assumption University (Windsor)
Doctor (Hon.), Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
LL.D. (Hon.), McGill University
Doctor (Hon.), University of Ottawa
|B'nai Brith Award of Merit
Negev Dinner honouree (Windsor & Ottawa)
Ordre de la Pléiade (Officier)
C.C., Companion of the Order of Canada
P.C., Privy Councillor
Q.C., Queens Counsel
Other Honours include:
- Honourary Graduate - St. Clair College, Windsor
- Centennial Medal
- Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
- Canada 125 Medal
- Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
- The first John Fraser Award for Environmental Achievement presented by The Sierra Club of Canada
- Hon. Member Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)
- Hon. Member Royal Canadian Legion Balfour Branch #362
- Hon. Colonel 21 (Windsor) Service Battalion 2004–2008
- Life Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2006)
- Churchill Society of Toronto (2009) Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy
Mr. Gray resides in Ottawa, where the Canadian Headquarters of the IJC is located.
Mr. Gray can be contacted at: The International Joint Commission, 234 Laurier Ave. West, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6K6
Tel.: (613) 992-2417 Fax.: (613) 947-9386.
- Address to the 15th Annual Canadian International Law Students' Conference,
February 9, 2008
- Address to the Canada-United States Law Institute Annual Conference,
April 16, 2005
- Luncheon Meeting Address to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa
March 4, 2005
- Key Note Luncheon Address to the 2nd Annual Environmental Law and Compliance in Ontario Conference, February 17, 2005
- Remarks presented at the Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research and the Society of Canadian Limnologists, January 7, 2005
- Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee on Alien Invasive Species
- Speech to the Windsor Chamber of Commerce
- Remarks at Aquatic Invasive Species Conference
- Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Presentation October 7, 2003