Peter McCreath
Minister of Veterans Affairs
In office
June 25, 1993 – November 3, 1993
Prime MinisterKim Campbell
Preceded byKim Campbell
Succeeded byDavid Collenette
Member of Parliament
for South Shore
In office
November 21, 1988 – October 25, 1993
Preceded byLloyd Crouse
Succeeded byDerek Wells
Personal details
Born (1943-07-05) July 5, 1943 (age 79)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ProfessionJournalist, teacher

Peter L. McCreath, PC (born July 5, 1943) is former chairman of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, President of PMC Communications Inc. and a former Canadian politician.


A journalist and teacher by training, McCreath was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1988 election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for the Nova Scotia riding of South Shore.

In 1991, he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Finance and Privatization. In 1993, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and to the Minister for International Trade.

When Kim Campbell succeeded Brian Mulroney as PC Party leader and Prime Minister of Canada, she appointed McCreath to Cabinet as Minister of Veterans Affairs.[1] However, McCreath's cabinet career was short-lived as both he and the Campbell government were defeated in the subsequent 1993 general election.[2]

Following his defeat, McCreath turned to business entering the field of public affairs, communications and government relations. After 5 years with CIBC, he established his own company, PMC Communications Inc.

McCreath became Founding Chairman of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation in 2001. During the past 8 years he has led the transformation of the NSLC into leading and award winning Canadian retail organization and one of Canada's most profitable crown corporations.

McCreath has written several books, is a co-author of the history textbooks Discovering Canada, Canadian History: Voices and Vision, has authored a biography, The Life & Times of Alexander Keith, Nova Scotia's Brewmaster (2001), A History of Early Nova Scotia (1982 with John G. Leefe), The People's Choice (about life as an MP – 1995), Exquisite Destinations: Adventures of a Maritimer in Lesser-Known Places (2018). From Columbus to Louisbourg: The Colonial Evolution of Atlantic Canada and New England (2020), and "Le Loutre: Acadia's Warrior Priest" (2021).

Electoral record

1993 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Derek Wells 17,351 46.94 +4.37
Progressive Conservative Peter McCreath 12,058 32.62 -13.84
Reform Anne Matthiasson 4,999 13.52
New Democratic Eric Hustvedt 1,847 5.00 -5.15
National A. James Donahue 422 1.14
Natural Law Richard Robertson 287 0.78
Total valid votes 36,964 100.00
1988 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Peter McCreath 18,547 46.46 -10.23
Liberal Mike Delory 16,995 42.57 13.55
New Democratic Bill Zimmerman 4,052 10.15 -4.14
Libertarian David Morgan 329 0.82
Total valid votes 39,923 100.00


  1. ^ "Campbell cuts cabinet to 25 members". The Globe and Mail. June 26, 1993.
  2. ^ "Atlantic region hands Liberals near-clean sweep". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 1993. Archived from the original on November 21, 2001. Retrieved September 29, 2014.