Peter MacKay served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years as a cabinet minister in high-profile portfolios, including Justice and Attorney General, Department of National Defense, Foreign Affairs and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He chaired the Government National security committee for almost 10 years.
He started his legal career in Nova Scotia as a Crown Prosecutor (Criminal Law Division) and worked as a general practitioner before entering politics. Peter earned a B.A. from Acadia University in 1987, and his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1990. He has completed more than 30 years as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers society and is also called to the bar in Ontario.