John MacDougall (Ontario politician)

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John Alexander Frances MacDougall (born April 20, 1947 in Port Hood, Nova Scotia) is a former Canadian politician. He represented the riding of Timiskaming in the House of Commons of Canada from 1982 to 1993, as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.

John MacDougall
Member of Parliament
for Timiskaming
In office
1982–1993
Preceded byBruce Lonsdale
Succeeded byBenoît Serré
Personal details
BornApril 20, 1947
Port Hood, Nova Scotia
Political partyProgressive Conservative

He first entered Parliament in 1982, in a byelection following the death of the riding's prior MP, Bruce Lonsdale.

On April 23, 1993, MacDougall became the centre of controversy when he made comments in the House of Commons attacking Sunera Thobani, the new head of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women:

Earlier today I learned that [Thobani] first is not a Canadian, and second does not have a work permit for this country. Does the Deputy Prime Minister believe that the taxpayers of Canada should be funding such an organization with an illegal immigrant as its head?

Thobani, in fact, had just received her landed immigrant status, and MacDougall's comments were widely criticized as racist.[1]

MacDougall did not run for reelection in the 1993 election.

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