Seamus O'Regan

Justin Trudeau Liberal Party of Canada Minister of Veterans Affairs (Canada)

Seamus O'Regan

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O'Regan in June 2018
Minister of Natural Resources
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byAmarjeet Sohi
Minister of Indigenous Services
In office
January 14, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJane Philpott
Succeeded byMarc Miller
31st Minister of Veterans Affairs
Associate Minister of National Defence
In office
August 28, 2017 – January 14, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byKent Hehr
Succeeded byJody Wilson-Raybould
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's South—Mount Pearl
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRyan Cleary
Personal details
Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan

(1971-01-18) January 18, 1971 (age 49)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Steve Doussis
EducationAttended St. Francis Xavier University
Attended University College Dublin
Attended INSEAD
Masters of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College)
OccupationNews reporter, broadcaster

Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan PC MP (born January 18, 1971) is a Canadian politician and former television personality from Newfoundland and Labrador. He currently serves as Minister of Natural Resources and formerly served as Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister of Veterans Affairs. He was a correspondent with CTV National News, and a former host of Canada AM, which he co-hosted from 2003 to 2011 with Beverly Thomson.[1]

Early life and education

O'Regan was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and spent 14 years growing up in Goose Bay, graduating from Goose High School. O'Regan is of half Irish descent. His father, also named Seamus O'Regan, was a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.[2] At the age of 10, O'Regan became a regional correspondent for CBC Radio's Anybody Home?, producing stories that celebrated the unique accomplishments of local residents - a professor hunting for giant squid to one woman's fight against leukemia.

He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. He studied marketing strategies at INSEAD, an international business school near Paris, France. He received his Masters of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge, studying at Darwin College in Cambridge, England.[3]


He has worked as an assistant to Environment Minister Jean Charest in Ottawa and to Justice Minister Edward Roberts in St. John's, and was policy advisor and speechwriter to the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Tobin.[4]

In 2000, O'Regan joined talktv's current affairs program, the chatroom. He began his duties at Canada AM on December 19, 2001. On November 8, 2011, he announced that he would be leaving Canada AM on November 24, 2011 to become a correspondent for CTV National News.[1] O'Regan left CTV in 2012.[5] Since leaving CTV he has occasionally been a fill-in host on radio station CFRB in Toronto,[6] and worked on independent television productions and as a media innovator in residence at Ryerson University.[6][7] O'Regan is also the executive vice president for communications of the Stronach Group.[7]


In September 2014, O'Regan was nominated as the Liberal Party candidate in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl for the 2015 federal election.[8] On October 19, 2015, O'Regan won the election, defeating New Democrat incumbent Ryan Cleary.[9][10] He was appointed to the cabinet on August 28, 2017 as the Minister of Veterans Affairs[11] and on January 14, 2019 was made the Minister of Indigenous Services, vacating his previous post.

He was re-elected in the 2019 federal election. Following the election, he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources.

Personal life

On July 9, 2010, he married his longtime partner, Steve Doussis, in Newfoundland.[12]

O'Regan serves on the Boards of Katimavik, Canada's leading youth service-learning programme, and The Rooms, which houses the provincial art gallery, museum, and archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also sits on the board of directors for fellow Newfoundlander Allan Hawco's theatre company, The Company Theatre, located in Toronto.

In January 2016, O’Regan announced that he entered an alcoholism rehabilitation program.[13][14]

In November 2017, he was hospitalized in Ottawa for a major gastrointestinal obstruction.[15]


In December 1999, O'Regan was named as one of Maclean's 100 Young Canadians to Watch in the 21st century.[1]

Electoral history

2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Seamus O'Regan 20,793 51.13 −6.73
New Democratic Anne Marie Anonsen 10,890 26.78 −9.98
Conservative Terry Martin 7,767 19.10 +14.53
Green Alexandra Hayward 740 1.82 +1.01
People's Benjamin Ruckpaul 335 0.82 New
Christian Heritage David Jones 141 0.35 New
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,666 100.0     $100,487.58
Total rejected ballots 592 1.43 +1.13
Turnout 41,258 61.42 −5.71
Eligible voters 67,170
Liberal hold Swing +1.62
Source: Elections Canada[16]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Seamus O'Regan 25,992 58.02 +29.32
New Democratic Ryan Cleary 16,467 36.76 –9.58
Conservative Marek Krol 2,047 4.57 –19.64
Green Jackson McLean 365 0.81 +0.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,801 100.0   $200,174.30
Total rejected ballots 133 0.30 +0.02
Turnout 44,934 67.13 +8.16
Eligible voters 66,936
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +19.45
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c "Seamus O'Regan joining CTV National News as correspondent". CTV News. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  2. ^ Dyer, Evan (20 September 2015). "Mulcair, Trudeau cross swords in Newfoundland where NDP and Liberals are in battle". CBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Seamus O'Regan, Correspondent, CTV National News". CTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Seamus O'Regan - Summary Profile". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Seamus O'Regan to run for Liberals in St. John's". CTV News. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Seamus O'Regan: Mental health spokesman" Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine. The Grid, June 23, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Canadian Press (18 August 2014). "Seamus O'Regan seeks federal Liberal nomination in Nfld". Maclean's. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Seamus O'Regan takes Liberal nomination in St. John's South-Mount Pearl". CBC News. September 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  9. ^ "Seamus O'Regan upsets Ryan Cleary for Liberal win in St. John's South-Mount Pearl". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  10. ^ "Liberals sweep all 7 N.L. ridings in federal election". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  11. ^ "Indigenous Affairs department split, Seamus O'Regan new veterans minister in cabinet shakeup". CBC News. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  12. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (November 8, 2011). "CTV anchor Seamus O'Regan to leave Canada AM for CTV National News". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  13. ^ "Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan checks into wellness program seeking 'alcohol free lifestyle'". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. 2016-01-03. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  14. ^ "Seamus O'Regan draws from his own personal struggles as Veterans Affairs Minister". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
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  16. ^ "Results Validated by the Returning Officer". Elections Canada. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  17. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — St. John's South—Mount Pearl (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2018-11-10.