Bob Nault

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Bob Nault

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Greg Rickford
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora—Rainy River
In office
November 21, 1988 – June 28, 2004
Preceded by John Edmund Parry
Succeeded by District was abolished in 2003
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
Assumed office
February 4, 2016
Preceded by Dean Allison
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
In office
August 3, 1999 – December 11, 2003
Preceded by Jane Stewart
Succeeded by Andy Mitchell
Personal details
Robert Daniel Nault

(1955-11-09) November 9, 1955 (age 63)
Ste-Anne, Manitoba
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal

Robert Daniel "Bob" Nault PC MP (born November 9, 1955) is a Canadian politician.

A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, Nault began his career as city councillor for Kenora City Council. He was first elected to the House of Commons as the representative for Kenora—Rainy River in 1988, beating NDP incumbent John Parry. Following the 1988 election, Nault ran successfully in the 1993,1997, and 2000 federal elections.

Nault also served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in the cabinet of Jean Chrétien from 1999 to 2003. He introduced a comprehensive program of reform and financial accountability measures for First Nations.

In 2004, he announced he would leave politics and did not seek re-election in the 2004 election.

After his first stint in the House of Commons, Nault provided advisory and consulting services to high-technology firms, First Nations, and major public sector organizations.

In January 2015, Nault announced his intention to seek the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for Kenora, which includes nearly all of his old riding, in the 2015 federal election scheduled for October 19.[1] On May 31, 2015, Nault was nominated as the party's candidate.[2] In the ensuing election, he edged out former provincial NDP leader Howard Hampton, who had represented the area provincially from 1987 to 2011, by only 2% to return to Parliament after a 12-year absence. Incumbent Conservative and cabinet minister Greg Rickford was pushed into third place.[3]

In February 2016, Nault was elected Chair by committee members of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee.

Election results

Canadian federal election, 2015: Kenora
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 10,898 35.39
New Democratic Howard Hampton 10,379 33.71
Conservative Greg Rickford 8,760 28.45
Green Ember C. McKilop 501 1.63
Independent Kelvin Boucher-Chicago 162 0.53
Total valid votes 30,791 100.00
Canadian federal election, 2000: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 14,416 45.21
Alliance Ed Prefontaine 9,125 28.62
New Democratic Susan Barclay 6,868 21.54
Progressive Conservative Brian Barrett 1,479 4.63
Total valid votes 31,885 100.00
Total rejected ballots 134
Turnout 32,019 58.44
Eligible voters 54,792
Canadian federal election, 1997: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 14,084 41.93
Reform Ken Hyatt 9,782 29.12
New Democratic Ruth Bergman 6,922 20.61
Progressive Conservative Gordon Lee 2,799 8.33
Total valid votes 33,587 100.00
Total rejected ballots 189
Turnout 33,776 60.57
Eligible voters 55,764
Canadian federal election, 1993: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 22,157 64.84
Reform Mel Fisher 7,094 20.57
New Democratic Peter Kirby 2,194 6.35
Progressive Conservative George Hainsworth 2,062 6.00
National Harold Rowe 698 0.02
Not affiliated April I. McCormick 284 0.01
Turnout 34,559
Canadian federal election, 1988: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 13,313 38.28
New Democratic John Perry 12,102 34.79
Progressive Conservative Dick Motlong 7,496 21.55
Christian Heritage Ed Carlson 1,477 4.25
Rhinoceros Julian Morelli 394 1.13
Turnout 34,782


  1. ^ "Former Minister Seeking Federal Liberal Nomination". Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ "It's Official". Retrieved 3 June 2015. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Liberal Bob Nault edges out NDP in Kenora, Conservative incumbent comes 3rd, Global News, October 20, 2015.

External links

  • Bob Nault – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Interview with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy
  • Robert Nault Profile - The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Macleans Interview - 2013
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Andy Mitchell
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