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John Wendele Shields (25 December 1929 – 29 November 2004) was a Progressive Conservative party member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was a businessman and teacher by career.

John Wendele Shields
Member of Parliament
for Athabasca
In office
Preceded byPaul Yewchuk
Succeeded byDavid Chatters
Personal details
Born(1929-12-25)25 December 1929
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Died29 November 2004(2004-11-29) (aged 74)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Shields was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He died aged 74 of heart failure following bladder surgery.

He represented the Alberta riding of Athabasca where he was first elected in the 1980 federal election and re-elected in 1984 and again in 1988. He served in the 32nd, 33rd and 34th Canadian Parliaments.

In 1991, Shields incurred controversy for allegedly shouting "Shut up, Sambo" to Howard McCurdy, the sole black member of Parliament.[1] Shields denied ever making the comments.

Shields left federal politics after his defeat in the 1993 federal election to David Chatters of the Reform Party.

Shields served with the Canadian Army in Korea. He left the military in 1958 to complete high school and went on to earn a degree in education from the University of Alberta.

Member of the House of Commons, 1980–1993Edit

  • Elected to the House of Commons in February 1980, served until October 1993
  • Opposition Deputy Critic - Energy, 1980–1984
  • Chairman of the Alberta Caucus, 1982–1992
  • Governor General Appointments, 1984–1992
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Immigration
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs

Canadian Armed Forces, 1947–1957Edit

  • 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
  • Airborne Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
  • Served in Korean War as Platoon Sgt., 1950–1951
  • Discharged in 1957, having achieved rank of Warrant Officer

Decorations / HonorsEdit

  • Canadian Armed Forces Decoration (CD)
  • Korean Volunteer Services Medal (KVSM)
  • Korean Champaign Medal
  • United Nations Medal for Korea
  • Ambassador for Peace Medal (Korean Government)


On 1 December 2004, Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Shields' former riding of Fort McMurray—Athabasca rose in the House of Commons to pay the following tribute:


  1. ^ Global News (9 June 2009). "Words of the unwise". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 June 2009.

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