Peter MacKay
Canadian politician
Peter MacKay
Peter Gordon MacKay, PC, QC, MP is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Member of Parliament for Central Nova and currently serves as Minister of National Defence in the Cabinet of Canada. He is married to Nazanin Afshin-Jam an Iranian-Canadian model, singer, and human rights activist, and a former Miss World Canada. MacKay was the final leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PC Party).
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Peter MacKay advises Tory leadership hopefuls not to take 'offensive' tone - The Globe and Mail
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The Globe and Mail Peter MacKay advises Tory leadership hopefuls not to take 'offensive' tone The Globe and Mail As he closes the door on his own Conservative leadership bid for now, Peter MacKay is cautioning other candidates against taking an “offensive” tone that could hurt the Conservative Party's chances in the future. Mr. MacKay was responding, in general, ... Michael Den Tandt: Conservative battle over 'anti-Canadian values' risks letting Trudeau off the hookNational Post Kevin O'Leary 'writing off' Kellie Leitch's Tory leadership bidCBC.ca Tory Leadership Race Left Wide Open After Peter MacKay Opts OutHuffington Post Canada 680 News -iPolitics.ca (subscription) -CityNews -Edmonton Journal all 50 news articles »
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Peter MacKay will not run for Conservative leadership - CBC.ca
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CBC.ca Peter MacKay will not run for Conservative leadership CBC.ca Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay says he will not run for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. "After much soul searching, advice from trusted friends, and weighing of the impact on my young family, I have decided not to seek the ... Peter MacKay decides against running for Conservative leader, says he wants to focus on his familyNational Post Peter MacKay Rules Out Tory Leadership RaceHuffington Post Canada Peter MacKay says he won't run for Conservative leadershipThe Globe and Mail The Guardian Charlottetown -The Telegram -Times Colonist -Calgary Herald all 15 news articles »
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Information commissioner wants Mounties charged; government rewrites the law
iPolitics - almost 2 years
The federal information commissioner says the Conservative government is setting a “perilous precedent” by retroactively rewriting Canada’s access-to-information law to absolve the RCMP of wrongdoing. Suzanne Legault says if the government is allowed to retroactively change the law, there’s nothing preventing parliamentarians from rewriting election laws to stop cheaters from being prosecuted. A special report tabled in Parliament on Thursday reveals Legault recommended almost two months ago that charges be laid against the RCMP for its role in withholding and destroying gun registry data. But instead of Justice Minister Peter MacKay moving on the recommendation to lay charges, the Harper government rewrote the law, backdated the changes and buried the amendment in an omnibus budget bill last week. Legault said the issue goes far beyond the now-defunct gun registry. “We could do the same thing after investigating potential electoral fraud. We could erase these things retroact ...
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Alberta just put the fear into Stephen Harper
iPolitics - almost 2 years
More from Michael Harris available here. The Koch Brothers may need therapy. Tory blue Alberta has just dismissed a smug, incompetent, corporation-serving oligarchy from power and sent it to wander the wilderness. More than that — voters handed the reins of power to democratic socialists in a jurisdiction ruled and ransacked for decades by the surrogates of Big Oil. Suddenly, anything is possible in Canadian politics. If Alberta can turn to the NDP, why not Canada? How long can it be before the Tea Party that Stephen Harper has made of federal politics for the past decade comes to an end — and the CPC shares the fate of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives? There’s a reason why the Tory federal caucus was like a “morgue” yesterday, to borrow Peter MacKay’s apt description. They know what few are saying out loud: If it happened to Jim Prentice, it could easily happen to Harper — and to every member of his team. Both Harper and Prentice championed a sort of degraded democracy alon ...
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Justice Marshall Rothstein to retire from Supreme Court in August
iPolitics - almost 2 years
Justice Marshall Rothstein is retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada effective Aug. 31, just months short of his mandatory retirement on his 75th birthday in December. Rothstein was appointed to the court by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in March 2006 after 13 years with the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has formally notified Justice Minister Peter MacKay of the coming vacancy on the bench. Although Rothstein steps down at the end of August, the Judges Act provides that for six months after retirement, he can continue to participate in judgments of cases heard before his departure. Rothstein was Harper’s first appointment to the highest court, shortly after the Conservative government took office. Harper has appointed all but two of the nine judges on the court. McLachlin said Rothstein will be greatly missed. “Justice Rothstein has served on the court with distinction, and made enormous contributions to the court and t ...
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Comment on Mr. Harper and the Right of the Living Dead by mannt
iPolitics - almost 2 years
Harper was reportedly a member of the Northern Foundation that had wanted to keep Mandela in jail: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/12/16/Harper-Mandela/ In contrast, Mulroney, a Progressive Conservative, was credited with being the first national leader to fight for Mandela’s release. Clearly, Harper does not share at least some of the important values of Conservatives like Mulroney. That is why many people have said that the Reformers had hijacked the CPC when Peter MacKay betrayed his old PC Party and had sold out to Harper after promising he would never do so. I do not believe many of the true Conservatives, at least the Progressive Cons, were/are bigots. I think the former Reformers, however, are another kettle of fish.
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Canada government says court verdict on assisted suicide 'sensitive'
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The Canadian government said it will study a Supreme Court decision on Friday that overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide and gave no indication on whether it would oppose it. "This is a sensitive issue for many Canadians, with deeply held beliefs on both sides," Justice Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement.
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Prostitution bill to be introduced 'well before' December deadline: MacKay - Vancouver Sun
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Vancouver Sun Prostitution bill to be introduced 'well before' December deadline: MacKay Vancouver Sun HALIFAX - Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of a December deadline. Speaking in Halifax, MacKay said Ottawa has already started to draft the legislation, but more consultations must ... and more »
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Government targets cyberbullying in TV, online ad campaign - Hamilton Spectator
Google News - about 3 years
National Post Government targets cyberbullying in TV, online ad campaign Hamilton Spectator HALIFAX The federal government is spending $4 million on a television and Internet advertising campaign to raise awareness about cyberbullying and the looming legal consequences of using intimate images to torment people online. Justice Minister Peter ... Peter MacKay warns teen cyberbulliesToronto Sun all 36 news articles »
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Top Canada court strikes down prostitution restrictions
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Supreme Court on Friday struck down major restrictions on prostitution, including bans on brothels and street solicitation, declaring the laws unconstitutional because they compromised the safety of sex workers. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin dismissed the federal government's argument that it was prostitution itself, not the laws that govern it, that puts prostitutes at risk. McLachlin said a law that banned brothels - what she called "safe havens" for prostitutes - could expose them to predators. "It makes no difference that the conduct of pimps and johns is the immediate source of the harms suffered by prostitutes." Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the Conservative government was concerned with the ruling.
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Marijuana-smoking Mountie stirs the pot in Canada
Yahoo News - about 3 years
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription for job-related stress provoked a national debate Thursday over whether he should be allowed to smoke in uniform. Corporal Ronald Francis serves in Canada's New Brunswick province, and reportedly received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on November 4. He told Canada's public broadcaster CBC that he should be allowed to smoke joints while in uniform, but received a cool response from his bosses who fear tarnishing the RCMP's image. Reactions poured in from across Canada both in support and against the corporal's plea, including from Attorney General Peter MacKay who said it would "set a very poor example for Canadians."
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Those 'not criminally responsible' will have tougher time getting released
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
It will be tougher for individuals found not criminally responsible (NCR) by the courts to be released into the public, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said while reintroducing legislation in the House of Commons.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay spouts off over Justin Trudeau's marijuana stand
Yahoo News - over 3 years
WHITEHORSE - The final news conference for the gathering of Canada's justice ministers in Whitehorse was upstaged by a tirade by Justice Minister Peter MacKay.
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Toronto’s crack-smoking leader: What to do with a drunken mayor?
The Economist - over 3 years
AFTER months of denying allegations that he had smoked crack cocaine, Rob Ford, Toronto’s independent mayor since 2010, reversed course on November 5th, admitting that he had taken the drug about a year ago. His explanation, that it was “probably in one of my drunken stupors”, did little to help his case. The breathtaking announcement—one of the reporters present literally gasped—was followed by an emotional apology to Torontonians for embarrassing them and a promise not to light up again. But despite his contrition, Mr Ford made clear that he has no plans to resign. Indeed, he says he will run for re-election next year.That leaves Canada’s largest city with a problem. It is extremely difficult to remove a sitting mayor, even one who has confessed to drug and frequent alcohol abuse, unless he is convicted of a crime. The federal justice minister, Peter MacKay, suggested that Mr Ford “get help” with his personal problems, but said that the affair fell under provincial jurisdiction. K ...
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MacKay defends Nadon appointment to Supreme Court as Senate case looms
Yahoo News - over 3 years
OTTAWA - Justice Minister Peter MacKay is defending the controversial appointment of of Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay apologizes for mistakes in Ernest MacIntosh case
Yahoo News - over 3 years
HALIFAX - A federal report says human error and breakdowns in communications by both provincial and federal officials were factors in the delayed prosecution of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh.
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Findings of internal review into case of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh to be released
Yahoo News - over 3 years
HALIFAX - Justice Minister Peter MacKay will announce the findings Friday of an internal federal government review into the case of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh.
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U of O profs at odds over AG's comments on Trudeau's pot use - Vancouver Sun
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Vancouver Sun U of O profs at odds over AG's comments on Trudeau's pot use Vancouver Sun OTTAWA — A university law professor is lashing out at a colleague, calling his recent complaint against Attorney General Peter MacKay to the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society “ill-advised, baseless and frivolous.” University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran ... MacKay's pot assertion dousedTheChronicleHerald.ca all 5 news articles »
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Defence policy in Canada: Strong. Proud. Ready?
The Economist - over 3 years
BOTH Rob Nicholson and Peter MacKay looked cheery enough as they shared a laugh after swapping the defence and justice portfolios in a cabinet shuffle last month. But only Mr MacKay, the new justice minister, had good reason to smile. He inherits a department where most of the Conservative government’s law-and-order agenda has already been implemented while leaving one where difficult spending cuts lie ahead. It is Mr Nicholson, widely seen as a capable politician, who must now choose what to cut while also wrestling with problems over orders for new fighter jets and ships. His appointment follows those of new commanders for all three armed forces. So a new team is in charge of Canada’s defence—a subject especially close to the heart of Stephen Harper, the prime minister.Canada is hardly alone in trying to trim its defence budget. Most of its allies, including the United States, Britain, France and Germany, are also trying to do the same with less. But since he took office in 2006 M ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter MacKay
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    On September 12, 2016, MacKay announced he will not seek the Conservative party leadership.
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    In February 2016, MacKay joined Toronto law firm Baker & McKenzie as a partner.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    After the Conservative defeat in the 2015 election, MacKay is considered a potential candidate to succeed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as permanent leader of the Conservative Party.
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    On May 29, 2015, MacKay announced that he would not be a candidate in the 2015 federal election.
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  • 2014
    Age 48
    On March 5, 2014, MacKay generated controversy when, in response to opposition Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, he tossed documents purporting to concern the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women onto the floor of the House of Commons.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, he apologized to the Commons for his outburst.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    On January 4, 2012, MacKay married Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-born former beauty queen, in a ceremony in Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details Afshin-Jam holds degrees in international relations and political science. She is co-founder and president of Stop Child Executions, a human rights group whose aim is to focus world attention on the plight of young people on death row in Iran. The couple has one son, Kian Alexander MacKay, born April 1, 2013, and one daughter, Valentia Makaja MacKay, born September 30, 2015. In his spare time, MacKay has served on many volunteer boards including New Leaf and Tearmann House. He has also been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club and the YMCA. A sports enthusiast, MacKay is active in local adult rugby, baseball, football and hockey teams in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He played for the Nova Scotia Keltics rugby union club.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    In July 2010, MacKay was accused of inappropriately using public funds when he combined the use of a Canadian Cormorant military helicopter for both a search and rescue demonstration, and to transport the minister from a private fishing camp in Newfoundland to Gander Airport.
    More Details Hide Details The cost of this to taxpayers was approximately $16,000. MacKay, then the Minister of National Defence, defended his use of the military helicopter stating, "Three days into the visit I participated in a search and rescue demonstration with 103 squadron 9 Wing Gander. I shortened my stay by a day to take part in that demonstration". On June 5, 2012, it was revealed that a widely publicized 2010 news conference announcing Conservative plans to buy 65 F-35 Stealth Fighters had cost $47,000. Documents provided to parliament by Peter Mackay indicated that Lockheed Martin had delivered the F-35 mockup used in the photo-op for free, and that the cost was primarily for services to support the news conference and one hundred invited guests. On July 15, 2013, the cabinet was shuffled, and Mackay became the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, replacing Rob Nicholson, who took over the defence portfolio.
    MacKay and Juginovic later called off the engagement in June 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    MacKay's engagement to Juginovic was announced on November 1, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008, MacKay announced a broad exhaustive and very expensive program to upgrade the Canadian military's equipment, spending over $400 billion over 25 years.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike every previous spending announcement of its kind, no "white paper" or detailed breakdown of this number was available nor was any claimed to exist. This led to widespread speculation that an election was coming. Stephen Harper did in fact declare Parliament "dysfunctional" in August 2008 and called on Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean to dissolve parliament for the 2008 federal election. The opposition objected but did not offer to form another government.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    On August 14, 2007, Stephen Harper shuffled MacKay from Foreign Affairs to Defence, replacing Gordon O'Connor.
    More Details Hide Details On November 6, 2007, while attending a meeting at Forward Operating Base Wilson, 20 kilometres west of Kandahar City, Mackay was unharmed as two rockets struck the base at about 11 a.m. local time. Mackay described the incident: "There was an explosion. It was a loud bang", said MacKay. "When it happened, we heard the explosion, we heard the whistle overhead, we were told to get down and we did." The incident happened on the same day that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in Baghlan in the northeastern part of the country killing at least 35 including several politicians. While Taliban insurgents were suspected of being behind the bombing, it was not believed to be related to the attack in Kandahar.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    By September 2006, MacKay's romantic life was again in the papers, with The New York Times reporting on gossip about his alleged involvement with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times described him as "Tall, athletic, young, blond", and having "a tan and the build of someone who spends his time on the rugby field, not holed up reading G-8 communiqués." MacKay had been seen in public dating Jana Juginovic, director of programming at CTV News Channel, after having kept their relationship private for many months. They attended the annual Black & White Opera Soirée together at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on February 21, 2009.
    MacKay's statements in support of the Israeli during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict created a national debate in Canada, especially among Arabs and Muslim Canadians who opposed MacKay's position.
    More Details Hide Details During this period MacKay and the Conservative Party of Canada joined the Bush Administration in opposing the United Nations' call for a ceasefire. It was also during this period that MacKay made a controversial statement in which he referred to Hezbollah as a "cancer" in Lebanon. Hezbollah is formally recognized by the government of Canada as a terrorist organization.
    During the first mandate, his biggest issue was the Lebanon–Israel–Hezbollah crisis that occurred in July 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The government decided to evacuate thousands of Canadians from Lebanon to safer locations and many back to Canada. MacKay responded to critics saying that the process was slow, that the boats (those which were used to evacuate) had limited capacity.
    Following the Conservative victory in the 2006 election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named MacKay as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; he was also tasked to be the political minister for both his home province, and for neighbouring Prince Edward Island, just as his father Elmer had done between 1988 and 1993.
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    In the resulting January 2006 election, the Conservative Party was elected with a minority government.
    More Details Hide Details He did retain his seat by a comfortable margin against NDP candidate Alexis MacDonald.
    MacKay's campaign was largely based on his leadership skills and a national organization rather than on policies or new directions. MacKay is largely viewed by political analysts as a Red Tory. The Honourable Peter MacKay voted in favour of same-sex marriage in 2006.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    On September 29, 2005, the Premier of Nova Scotia, John Hamm, announced his intention to resign.
    More Details Hide Details There was speculation that MacKay would return to the province to pursue provincial politics and enter the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia leadership race to become the Premier. MacKay would have been considered a front-runner in the race; however, he decided to remain with the Federal Conservatives. The Liberal government lost a motion of non-confidence on November 28, 2005.
    On May 18, 2005, MacKay told the CBC that his relationship with Stronach was indeed over, and that it had come as a surprise to him that she had crossed the floor. According to Don Martin, a National Post columnist who wrote a biography, Belinda: the Political and Private Life of Belinda Stronach in September 2006, MacKay reacted "with volcanic fury" when he learned about her defection. On November 26, 2005, the National Post revealed that Mackay and Sophie Desmarais of the billionaire Power Corporation family were dating.
    More Details Hide Details On October 19, 2006, during a debate on the Conservative Party's clean air plan, MP Mark Holland said that a Liberal colleague, David McGuinty asked MacKay about the impact of pollution on humans and animals by asking, "What about your dog?". This referred to MacKay posing for photographs on a farm with his neighbour's dog following his break-up with Belinda Stronach. MacKay then allegedly pointed to Stronach's vacant chair and replied "You already have her." Holland lodged a complaint with the Commons Speaker and demanded an apology from MacKay. Stronach has said that the comment was disrespectful to both herself and Canadian women, and has herself asked for an apology. MacKay has denied referring to Stronach as a "dog". The alleged comment was not heard by Speaker of the House Peter Milliken and it was not recorded in the official Hansard. Afterwards, Milliken and his staff said that they could not hear the remarks on the tape recording.
    In an interview in the Toronto Star on January 8, 2005, Stronach confirmed that she and MacKay were dating. Stronach, elected as a Conservative in the 2004 election, crossed the floor to the Liberal Party on May 17, 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 38
    They reportedly ended their relationship in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He then was romantically linked to fellow MP Belinda Stronach in published reports.
    He was easily re-elected in the June 28, 2004 federal election in the newly redistributed riding of Central Nova.
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    MacKay announced on January 13, 2004, that he would not run for the leadership of the new Conservative Party.
    More Details Hide Details On March 22, he was named deputy leader of the new party by newly elected leader Stephen Harper.
  • 2003
    Age 37
    While MacKay was roundly criticized in some Red Tory circles for permitting a union under his watch, MacKay's efforts to sell the merger to the PC membership were successful: 90.4% of the party's elected delegates supported the deal in a vote on December 6, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Some PC caucus members refused to accept the merger: long-time MP and former Prime Minister Joe Clark continued to sit as a "Progressive Conservative" for the remainder of the Parliament, as did MPs John Herron and André Bachand, while Scott Brison left the new party to join the Liberal Party in December 2003. In January 2004, several Senators left the party to sit as independents or "Progressive Conservatives".
    On October 15, 2003, the merger talks culminated in MacKay and Alliance leader Stephen Harper signing an Agreement in Principle on the establishment of the Conservative Party of Canada, whereby the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance would merge to form a new Conservative Party of Canada.
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    MacKay entered the first ballot of the PC leadership convention held on May 31, 2003 with roughly 41% of the delegates supporting him.
    More Details Hide Details However, on the second ballot, MacKay's support dropped to 39%. On the third ballot, MacKay's support reached 45% but many of his supporters were convinced that he had hit his popular peak. Some analysts noted that the eliminated third-place challenger David Orchard drew his 25% bulk of delegate supporters largely from the Western prairie provinces. Orchard was prepared to speak with either MacKay or Prentice to determine if a deal could be reached over some of the issues that he raised during the leadership campaign. As the results of the third ballot were called, MacKay's campaign manager, PC Senator Noël Kinsella, hastily arranged a backroom meeting between MacKay, Orchard, and their campaign advisors. During the meeting, MacKay reached a deal with his rival, and Orchard emerged from the room urging his delegates to support MacKay. Press officials immediately demanded to know what had inspired Orchard's surprise move. Orchard repeatedly referred to a "gentleman's agreement" made between himself and MacKay that had led to his qualified support.
    MacKay formally launched his leadership campaign in his hometown of New Glasgow in January 2003.
    More Details Hide Details From the onset of the campaign, MacKay insisted that his primary goal upon assuming the leadership would be the rebuilding the fractured conservative movement from within the PC tent. For much of the race, MacKay was the clear front-runner. Several opponents, including former PC Party Treasurer Jim Prentice, social conservative candidate Craig Chandler, and Red Tory Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, painted MacKay as a status quo or "establishment" candidate who could effectively question the Prime Minister.
  • 2002
    Age 36
    Clark announced his impending resignation as party leader at the PC Party's bi-annual convention held in Edmonton, Alberta in August 2002.
    More Details Hide Details MacKay's name was one of the first to be raised as a possible leadership contender. MacKay was largely seen as the assumed victor of the race from the outset of the leadership contest. Ultimately, his candidacy was helped by the absence of so-called "dream candidates" such as provincial Progressive Conservative Premiers Bernard Lord, Mike Harris and Ralph Klein who did not run for the leadership.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    MacKay was appointed House Leader of the new PC-DR Parliamentary Coalition Caucus when it was formally recognized as a political body on September 10, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The PC-DR initiative collapsed in April 2002, raising questions about Clark's leadership.
    In August 2001, he was one of several PC MPs to engage in open cooperation talks with disaffected Canadian Alliance MPs in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually a union of sorts was created between the PCs and the newly formed Democratic Representative Caucus (DRC).
    When asked in a 2001 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary on the resurgence of the PC Party if he would ever consider running for the PC leadership, MacKay quipped, "If there's one thing I've learned in politics it's 'never say never.'
    More Details Hide Details Jean Charest taught me that."
  • 2000
    Age 34
    MacKay was re-elected in the 2000 federal election and was frequently touted by the media as a possible successor to PC Party leader Joe Clark.
    More Details Hide Details Many of his initial supporters referred to his strong performances in the House of Commons and magnetism as key attributes that would make him a popular leader. MacKay has been voted the "sexiest male MP in the House of Commons" by the Hill Times (a Parliament Hill newspaper) for six years in a row.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    MacKay was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the June 2, 1997 federal election for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, a riding in northeastern Nova Scotia.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of a handful of newly elected "Young Turk" PC MPs (including John Herron, André Bachand and Scott Brison), who were under 35 years old when elected and were considered the future leadership material that might restore the ailing Tories to their glory days. In his first term of office, MacKay served as Justice Critic and House Leader for the Progressive Conservative parliamentary caucus. MacKay was the PC member of the Board of Internal Economy and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. He also acted as an associate member of the Standing Committees on Canadian Heritage, Finance and the sub-committee on the Study of Sport.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993, MacKay accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia.
    More Details Hide Details He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. MacKay has publicly stated that the major impetus for his entry into federal politics was his frustrations with the shortcomings in the justice system, particularly his perception that the courts do not care about the impact crime has on victims.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    He graduated from Horton High School in Greenwich, Nova Scotia, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University/Carleton University in 1987, MacKay then studied Law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He worked for Thyssen Henschel, steel producer, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in Düsseldorf and Kassel, Germany.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on September 27, 1965.
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