Perrin Beatty
Secretary of State for External Affairs
In office
June 24, 1993 – November 3, 1993
Prime MinisterKim Campbell
Preceded byBarbara McDougall
Succeeded byAndré Ouellet
Member of Parliament
for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Simcoe
(Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe; 1979–1988)
(Wellington—Grey; 1972–1979)
In office
October 30, 1972 – October 24, 1993
Preceded byMarvin Howe
Succeeded byMurray Calder
Personal details
Henry Perrin Beatty

(1950-06-01) June 1, 1950 (age 73)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
SpouseJulie Beatty
ChildrenPatrick Beatty
Residence(s)Ottawa, Ontario
ProfessionBusinessman, Corporate Executive, Politician

Henry Perrin Beatty PC OC (born June 1, 1950) is a Canadian corporate executive and former politician, who served as a Progressive Conservative of the House of Commons from 1972 to 1993, and as a cabinet minister from 1979 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1993.

Life and career

Beatty is a graduate of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario,[1] and of the University of Western Ontario in London.

He first won election to the House of Commons of Canada as a Progressive Conservative at the age of 22 in the 1972 election.

In 1979 he became, at the time, the youngest person ever appointed to a Canadian Cabinet when Prime Minister Joe Clark made Beatty his minister of state for the Treasury Board in his short-lived government. Beatty returned to the opposition benches as a result of the defeat of the Clark government in the 1980 election.

With the Conservative victory in the 1984 election, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made Beatty Minister of National Revenue and Minister responsible for Canada Post. He subsequently served as Solicitor General of Canada (1985–1986), Minister of National Defence (1986–1989), Minister of National Health and Welfare (1989–1991), and Minister of Communications (1991–1993).

Despite long being touted as a future Tory leader, Beatty did not run in the 1993 Progressive Conservative leadership election to succeed Mulroney. He was promoted to Secretary of State for External Affairs in the short-lived government of Mulroney's successor, Kim Campbell, but lost his seat in the 1993 election which returned only two Tory MPs.

In 1995 the Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Beatty President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a position he held until 1999 when he became president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, a business association that promotes the interests of Canadian industry and exporters.

In August 2007 Beatty left the CME to become president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.[2] Beatty served as Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario from 2008 to 2015. He has received honorary degrees from UOIT and Western University.

In 2012 Beatty received an honorary Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training.[3][4]

In May 2020, Beatty was appointed to serve on Canada's COVID-19 Supply Council.[5]


Order of Canada (2018)



  1. ^ "UCC community members join Order of Canada". Upper Canada College. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  2. ^ a b Beatty, Perrin (2011). "10 - Hong Kong: Canada's Partner in Prosperity". In Cao, Huhua (ed.). The China Challenge: Sino-Canadian Relations in the 21st Century. University of Ottawa Press. ISBN 9780776619552.
  3. ^ "CdnChamberofCommerce on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. ^ "FITT - Watch Hon. Perrin Beatty, CITP, on CTV News Power... | Facebook". Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  5. ^ "Members of the COVID-19 Supply Council". Government of Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada. 2020-05-03.
25th Ministry – Cabinet of Kim Campbell Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor Barbara McDougall Secretary of State for External Affairs1993 André Ouellet 24th Ministry – Cabinet of Brian Mulroney Cabinet posts (5) Predecessor Office Successor Marcel Masse Minister of Communications1991–1993 Monique Landry Jake Epp Minister of National Health and Welfare1989–1991 Benoît Bouchard Erik Nielsen Minister of National Defence1986–1989 Bill McKnight Elmer MacKay Solicitor General of Canada1985–1986 James Kelleher Roy MacLaren Minister of National Revenue1984–1985 Elmer MacKay 21st Ministry – Cabinet of Joe Clark Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor   Minister of State (Treasury Board)1979–1980   Parliament of Canada Preceded byRiding Created Member of Parliament for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Simcoe 1988–1993 Succeeded byMurray Calder Preceded byRiding Created Member of Parliament for Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe 1979–1988 Succeeded byRiding Abolished Preceded byMarvin Howe Member of Parliament for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Waterloo 1972–1979 Succeeded byRiding Abolished Government offices Preceded byAnthony S. Manera President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1995–1999 Succeeded byRobert Rabinovitch Other offices Preceded byLyn McLeod Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2008-2016 Succeeded byNoreen Taylor