, Ontario , Canada
|| October 13, 1950
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|Info||Hugh Segal is a Canadian political strategist, author and pundit. Segal was an advisor to federal Leader of the Opposition Robert Stanfield in the early 1970s and was an unsuccesful candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 general election. As a member of the Big Blue Machine Segal was a senior aide to Ontario Tory Premier Bill Davis in the 1970s and 1980s. After the 1984 federal election Segal became an advisor to Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney serving a period as his principal secretary. Segal is best known, however, as a witty and urbane political pundit appearing on various news shows as a commentator since the 1980s. |
A Red Tory, Segal was a passionate defender of the tradition of Robert Stanfield and debated David Frum at the Winds of Change conference arguing against the merger of the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party of Canada. Segal ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 1998 finishing second to Joe Clark.
Segal is an associate at the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University and, since 1999, has been president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), Canada's oldest, non-partisan, public policy think-tank, based in Montreal.
Despite his earlier opposition to the United Alternative Segal has been silent on the recent merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservatives into the Conservative Party of Canada. Obstensively, this may be due to his current role as head of a non-partisan institute however it may also be a sign of Segal accepting the inevitable in regards to the merger.