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Ralph Goodale

Key Contributions: Now in his ninth term as an MP, Goodale has served on cabinet in numerous portfolios, including minister responsible for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Earning a U of S law degree in 1972, Goodale since has been a fixture on the provincial and federal political scenes. His federal responsibilities in areas such as finance, agriculture, public works and natural resources have contributed immensely to building Canada.

However, particularly noteworthy in the context of human rights and social justice are his contribution to speeding up the compensation process for survivors of residential schools, and working with the U.S. to allay security concerns over Canada’s quick resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees by late February 2016.