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William Paul Joseph McCrossan (born May 20, 1942) is an actuary and former Canadian Member of Parliament.

William Paul Joseph McCrossan
Member of Parliament
for York—Scarborough (2nd time)
In office
Preceded byPaul Cosgrove
Succeeded byJim Karygiannis
Member of Parliament
for York—Scarborough (1st time)
In office
Preceded byRobert Stanbury
Succeeded byPaul Cosgrove
Personal details
Born (1942-05-20) May 20, 1942 (age 77)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative


McCrossan was born in Toronto. An actuary by profession, McCrossan has served as president of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He was employed by Canada Life Assurance prior to being elected to the House of Commons.


He represented the riding of York—Scarborough as a Progressive Conservative from 1978, when he was elected in a by-election until his defeat in the 1980 general election. As an MP, he introduced a private member's bill, Bill C-255, the Public Pensions Reporting Act,[1][2] which passed unanimously. He also supported the passage of the Non-smokers' Rights Act, which was introduced by a New Democratic Party member of parliament, Lynn McDonald.[3]

He was re-elected in the 1984 election, but lost to Liberal Jim Karygiannis in the redistributed riding of Scarborough—Agincourt in the 1988 election.

He attempted to return to politics in the riding of Scarborough East in the 2000 federal election but was defeated.

Later lifeEdit

From 1995 to 1996, he was president of the International Actuarial Association. In 2001, he was named to the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Committee.[4] He was a consulting actuary and partner at Eckler Partners Ltd., now known as Eckler Ltd. He served on the advisory committee for Sir Derek Morris's review of the actuarial profession in the United Kingdom, known as the Morris Review.[5]

In 2010, McCrossan was named to the New Brunswick Task Force on Protecting Pensions.[6]

Electoral recordEdit

2000 Canadian federal election: Scarborough East
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal John McKay 24,019 59.82 $37,639
Alliance Paul Calandra 7,559 18.83 $32,135
     Progressive Conservative Paul McCrossan 6,284 15.65 $26,016
New Democratic Denise Lake 1,884 4.69 $4,973
Canadian Action Dave Glover 292 0.73 none listed
Marxist–Leninist France Tremblay 113 0.28 $8
Total valid votes 40,151 100.00
Total rejected ballots 155
Turnout 40,306 55.91
Electors on the lists 72,092
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


  1. ^ "Public Pensions Reporting Act (1985, c. 13 (2nd Supp.))". Canada Department of Justice - Statutes by Title. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  2. ^ Brown, M. David R. (October 1999). "The Public Role of Actuaries in Private Pensions in Canada - 7. The Public Pensions Reporting Act" (PDF). North American Actuarial Journal. Society of Actuaries. 3 (4): 28. doi:10.1080/10920277.1999.10595856. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  3. ^ McCrossan, Paul (Winter 1990–1991). "Parliament and the Private Member". Canadian Parliamentary Review. 13 (4). Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  4. ^ Randall, Robert F. (2001-08-01). "IASC Names Advisory Council.(International Accounting Standards Committee)". Strategic Finance. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  5. ^ "Review of actuarial profession". Morris Review via M2 Presswire. October 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  6. ^ Pension task force members named, Government of New Brunswick, Justice and Consumer Affairs, 7 December 2010.

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