|Name||John Allen Fraser|
Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada
|| December 15, 1931
Dec 28, 2004 09:29am
|Info||John Allen Fraser is a retired Canadian parliamentarian and former Speaker of the House of Commons. Fraser was first won a seat in parliament in the 1972 general election as a Progressive Conservative from Vancouver. He stood as a candidate at the 1976 Progressive Conservative leadership convention to replace Robert Stanfield but did poorly. |
In 1979, Fraser became Minister of the Environment in the short lived government of Joe Clark returning to the Opposition benches in 1980. He returned to the Cabinet in the wake of Brian Mulroney's landslide victory in the 1984 general election becoming Minister of Fisheries and Oceans but was forced to resign in 1985 as a result of the tainted tuna affair.
In 1986 he became Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, the first to be elected by fellow MPs and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1993.