World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Donald Stovel Macdonald

The Honourable
Donald Stovel Macdonald
Member of Parliament
for Rosedale
In office
June 18, 1962 – January 3, 1978
Preceded by David James Walker
Succeeded by David Crombie
Personal details
Born (1932-03-01) March 1, 1932
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Profession Lawyer, McMillan LLP

Donald Stovel Macdonald, PC, CC (born March 1, 1932) is a retired Canadian lawyer who formerly served as a Liberal politician and Cabinet minister.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Subsequent career 3
  • Honours and awards 4
  • Family 5
  • Electoral record 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Macdonald was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto in 1952. He attended Harvard Law School (LLM), as well as the University of Cambridge in England (Diploma in International Law).

Political career

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1962 election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Rosedale riding in Toronto. In 1967, he was the parliamentary secretary of Paul Martin, Secretary of State for External Affairs. He joined the Cabinet of Pierre Trudeau in 1968 and served successively as President of the Privy Council, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of Finance. As Finance Minister, Macdonald introduced wage and price controls in an attempt to control inflation.

Macdonald resigned from Cabinet in 1977 to return to his law practice. When Pierre Trudeau announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada following his defeat in the 1979 election, Macdonald would have declared his candidacy for the position. However, with the unexpected defeat of Joe Clark's Progressive Conservative government on a motion of no confidence, the Liberals asked Trudeau to lead them into the 1980 election and cancelled the leadership campaign. Macdonald was not a candidate for the party leadership when Trudeau resigned again in 1984.

Subsequent career

In 1982, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Macdonald as chairman of a Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (the Macdonald Commission). The report was released in September 1985 and recommended, among other things, that Canada enter into a free trade agreement with the United States. Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister by this time. He accepted the recommendation and pursued what became the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.

Macdonald was appointed High Commissioner of Canada to the United Kingdom in 1988. He held that position until 1991, when he returned to his law practice in Toronto. He is also a former member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[1]

Honours and awards

In 1994, Macdonald was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.[2] He holds honorary degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Carleton, and the University of Toronto (Doctor of Sacred Letters, Trinity College, University of Toronto).


Macdonald married Ruth Hutchison (dec.) in 1961, and their daughters are Leigh, Nikki, Althea, and Sonja. He subsequently married Adrian Merchant Lang in 1988. From her prior marriage to Otto Lang, she had seven children: Maria (dec.), Timothy, Gregory, Andrew, Elisabeth, Adrian, and Amanda Lang. They have fifteen grandchildren.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 1972: Rosedale
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Donald S. Macdonald 16,073 44.02
     Progressive Conservative Warren Beamish 14,856 40.69
New Democratic Ron Sabourin 4,598 12.59
     Independent Aline Gregory 892 2.44
     N/A (Marxist-Leninist) David Starbuck 95 0.26
Total valid votes 36,514 100.00
Total rejected ballots 612
Turnout 37,126 74.00
Electors on the lists 50,169
Source: Official Voting Results, Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Canada), 1972.


  1. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members".  
  2. ^ Order of Canada citation

External links

  • Donald Stovel Macdonald – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Order of Canada citation
20th Ministry – First cabinet of Pierre Trudeau
Cabinet Posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Charles Drury (acting) Minister of Finance
Jean Chrétien
Joe Greene Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
Alastair Gillespie
Charles Drury (acting) Minister of National Defence
Edgar Benson
Allan MacEachen (acting) President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
July 6, 1968 – September 23, 1970
Allan MacEachen
' Minister Without Portfolio
April 20, 1968 – July 5, 1968
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Allan MacEachen Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
(September 12, 1968 – September 23, 1970)
Allan MacEachen
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Roy McMurtry
Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Fredrik Stefan Eaton
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.