Angus MacLean

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The Honourable
John Angus MacLean
25th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
3 May 1979 – 17 November 1981
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Gordon L. Bennett
Joseph Aubin Doiron
Preceded by W. Bennett Campbell
Succeeded by James Lee
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Queens
In office
Preceded by James Lester Douglas
Succeeded by district abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Malpeque
In office
Preceded by district created
Succeeded by Don Wood
Personal details
Born John Angus MacLean
(1914-05-15)May 15, 1914
Lewes, PEI
Died February 15, 2000(2000-02-15) (aged 85)
Charlottetown, PEI
Nationality Canadian
Political party Progressive Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Gwendolyn Esther Burwash (m. 1952)
Children Jean, Allan, Mary, and Robert
Residence Charlottetown, PEI
Alma mater Mount Allison University
University of British Columbia
Occupation Farmer
Profession Politician
Cabinet Federal:
Ministers of Fisheries (1957-1963)
Postmaster General (acting) (1962-1963)

Minister Responsible for Cultural Affairs (1979-1980)

Religion Presbyterians

John Angus MacLean, PC, OC, DFC (15 May 1914 – 15 February 2000) was a politician and farmer in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

He was an alumnus of both Mount Allison University and the University of British Columbia with degrees in science. MacLean left farming to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, serving from 1939–1947 and achieving the rank of Wing Commander.

MacLean's bomber was shot down, and he evaded capture in Nazi-occupied Europe with the help of the Belgian escape-line Comète with Andrée De Jongh.

MacLean returned to Prince Edward Island after the war, and ran for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada candidate, but was defeated in the 1945 and 1949 federal elections.

He was first elected to Parliament in a 1951 by-election and held his seat continuously until he left federal politics in 1976. MacLean served in the cabinet of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker as Minister of Fisheries from 1957 until the government's defeat in the 1963 election.

In 1976, MacLean was persuaded to leave federal politics and take the leadership of the Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservative Party which had languished in opposition for a decade. MacLean led the party to victory in 1979, and formed a government that emphasized rural community life, banned new shopping malls and instituted a Royal Commission to examine land use and sprawl. His government cancelled the province's participation in the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick.

At the age of 67, MacLean retired as premier on 17 November 1981 and did not run in the 1982 provincial election. He returned to the family farm that he redeveloped for low-intensity blueberry farming. A respected steward of the land and of rural communities, MacLean was a committed Presbyterian of Scottish descent. In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

He died in Charlottetown on 15 February 2000.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
James Lester Douglas, Liberal
Member of Parliament for Queens
Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
district created
Member of Parliament for Malpeque
Succeeded by
Don Wood, Liberal