The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Canada’s 21st Prime Minister from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. As Finance Minister he eliminated Canada’s fiscal deficit setting its debt ratio on a steady downward track; he led the turnaround of the Canada Pension Plan and created the Canada Foundation for Innovation. As Prime Minister he promoted early learning and childcare, promoted a ten-year plan to improve healthcare, created a new financial deal for municipalities, redefined marriage to include same-sex couples and reached a historic agreement with Canada’s indigenous leadership known as the Kelowna Accord.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from our Faculty of Education on Wednesday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Please click here to watch the address he delivered at this year's Spring Convocation ceremonies.
After leaving politics he established the Martin Family Initiative, a charitable organization focused on providing educational opportunities for Indigenous people and the CAPE Fund, which invests in Aboriginal businesses.
Mr. Martin was a co-founder of the G20 as Finance Minister. Upon stepping down from government he advised the African Development Bank and worked closely with the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa.