Better Know a Canadian Functionary: the Queen’s Printer for Canada

The office of the Queen’s Printer (or King’s Printer) for Canada and Comptroller of Stationery was established in 1869 as the organ through which all official government publications were issued. The job was originally contracted out to a private printing firm until the passage of the Public Printing and Stationery Act of 1906, when a federal printing department was set up under the authority of the Secretary of State for Canada.

The job lasted until 1969, when the Public Printing and Stationery Act was repealed and the Comptroller of Stationery abolished. The title of the Queen’s Printer for Canada was held ex officio by the Deputy Minister of Supply from 1969 to 1996; since 1996 the Queen’s Printer has been ex officio the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services, who is currently George Da Pont.

The Queen’s/King’s Printers for Canada and Comptrollers of Stationery were:

George-Édouard-Amable Desbarats, 1869-70.
Brown Chamberlin CMG, 1870-91.
Samuel Edward Dawson CMG, 1891-1909.
Charles Henry Parmelee, 1909-14.
Joseph de la Broquerie Taché, 1914-20.
Frederick Albert Acland, 1920-32.
Joseph Oscar Patenaude ISO, 1933-40.
Edmond Cloutier CMG, 1940-60.
Roger Duhamel FRSC, 1960-69.

The Queen’s Printers for Canada and Deputy Ministers of Supply were:

Gordon Ward Hunter, 1969-70.
Jean Boucher, 1970-73.
J.M. Desroches, 1973-79.
Guy D’Avignon, 1979-82.
Raymond Vincent Hession, 1982-86.
Georgina Wyman, 1986-90.
Nick Mulder, 1990-93.
Ruth Hubbard, February-June 1993.
Ranald Andrew Quail, 1993-96.

The Queen’s Printers for Canada and Deputy Ministers of Public Works and Government Services have been:

Ranald Andrew Quail, 1996-2001.
Janice Cochrane, 2001-03.
David Marshall, 2003-07.
François Guimont, 2007-12.
Michelle d’Auray, 2012-15.
George Da Pont, 2015-now.

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