Bob MacDonald

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For other people named Bob MacDonald, see Bob MacDonald (disambiguation).

Bob MacDonald (1929–2006) was a conservative Toronto journalist and columnist.

MacDonald was part of the team that founded The Toronto Sun newspaper after the demise of the The Toronto Telegram. His scoop on government bungling was the tabloid's first front-page story on November 1, 1971.[1]

MacDonald's and Robert Reguly's investigations of RCMP wrongdoing in the 1970s feature prominently in the newspaper's history. Eventually, this work resulted in a police search of the Sun newsroom for leaked documents (1978) and charges against Sun editor Peter Worthington under the Official Secrets Act. These were dismissed at a preliminary hearing. MacDonald was a vocal critic of the Trudeau government and of Liberal and NDP governments in Ontario. He began his career with The Toronto Star in 1953 before moving to the Telly a few years later.

MacDonald died January 2006 after a 14 year battle with prostate cancer.[2]

His daughter Moira MacDonald is The Toronto Sun's education columnist.


  1. ^ "Bob MacDonald, 76: Newspaperman". Toronto Star. 2006-02-27. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  2. ^ Fenlon, Brodie (2006-02-27). "Sun family loses a father, a friend". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 

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