Sept. 27, 1965: Born in New Glasgow, N.S.
1987: Graduates from Acadia University with a bachelor's degree.
1990: Graduates from Dalhousie University with a law degree.
1991: Called to the Nova Scotia bar.
1993: Becomes Crown attorney for central Nova Scotia region.
1997: Elected to the House of Commons as Progressive Conservative MP for Pictou-Antigonish-Guysborough, essentially the same riding his father had won seven times.
1997-2002: Progressive Conservative House leader.
2003: Elected leader of the Progressive Conservatives.
2003: Negotiates merger with the Canadian Alliance party.
2006: Re-elected as a Conservative party MP, appointed minister of foreign affairs.
2007: Appointed minister of defence.
2012: Marries Nazanin Afshin-Jam, human rights activist, former Miss World Canada
2013: Becomes a father when son Kian is born in April.
2013: Appointed minister of justice.
2015: Announces he's leaving politics.