Alexander Macdonald (British Columbia politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Vancouver Kingsway
June 1957 – March 1958
|Preceded by||Angus MacInnis|
|Succeeded by||John Ferguson Browne|
|Born||Alexander Barrett Macdonald
21 October 1918
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Died||5 March 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Political party||Co-operative Commonwealth Federation|
|Spouse(s)||Dorothy Anne Lewis|
|Profession||barrister and solicitor|
Alexander Barrett Macdonald (21 October 1918 – 5 March 2014) was a politician who served for several years in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and briefly in the House of Commons of Canada. He was a barrister and solicitor by career.
The son of Malcolm Archibald Macdonald, Macdonald was educated at the University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall. He worked with the Department of Munitions and Supplies in Ottawa during World War II. During that time, he married Dorothy Ann Lewis. After the war, he served as secretary for M. J. Coldwell and then practised law in Ontario for a short time. In 1948, he opened his own practice in Vancouver.
He was elected to the Canadian Parliament in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway in the 1957 general election as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. In the following year, he was defeated by John Ferguson Browne of the Progressive Conservative party in the 1958 election.
He was first elected to the B.C. legislature in the 1960 general election as the member for Vancouver East, and held this seat until his retirement in 1986. In 1972 he became Attorney General of B.C. in the New Democratic Party government led by Dave Barrett and held this position until the NDP's defeat in the 1975 general election. He wrote three books on politics and law: My Dear Legs (ISBN 0-919573-39-8), Alex in Wonderland (ISBN 0-921586-28-0), and Outrage: Canada's Justice System on Trial (ISBN 1-55192-230-4).
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