|Minister of Health|
|Department of Health|
|Appointer||Governor General of Canada|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||David Dingwall|
|Formation||July 12, 1996|
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The Minister of Health (French : Ministre de la Santé) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing health-focused government agencies including Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as enforcing the Canada Health Act (the law governing Canada's universal health care system). The current Minister of Health is Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe.
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|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Political party||Ministry|
|1||David Dingwall||July 12, 1996||June 10, 1997||Liberal||26 (Chrétien)|
|2||Allan Rock||June 11, 1997||January 14, 2002||Liberal|
|3||Anne McLellan||January 15, 2002||December 11, 2003||Liberal|
|4||Pierre Pettigrew||December 12, 2003||July 19, 2004||Liberal||27 (Martin)|
|5||Ujjal Dosanjh||July 20, 2004||February 5, 2006||Liberal|
|6||Tony Clement||February 6, 2006||October 29, 2008||Conservative||28 (Harper)|
|7||Leona Aglukkaq||October 30, 2008||July 15, 2013||Conservative|
|8||Rona Ambrose||July 15, 2013||November 4, 2015||Conservative|
|9||Jane Philpott||November 4, 2015||August 28, 2017||Liberal||29 (J. Trudeau)|
|10||Ginette Petitpas Taylor||August 28, 2017||Incumbent||Liberal|
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