Bill Matthews

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William Matthews
Member of Canadian Parliament for Random—Burin—St. George's
In office
August 13, 2004 – September 7, 2008
Preceded by First Member
Succeeded by Judy Foote
Member of Canadian Parliament for Burin—St. George's
In office
September 22, 1997 – August 12, 2004
Preceded by Roger Simmons
Succeeded by Riding Dissolved
Member of Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Grand Bank
In office
Preceded by Leslie Thoms
Succeeded by Judy Foote
Personal details
Born (1947-07-22) July 22, 1947 (age 70)
Dominion of Newfoundland Red Ensign.svg Grand Bank, Newfoundland
Political party Liberal (1999-2008)
Other political
Progressive Conservative (1982-1999)
Residence Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador
Profession Teacher
Portfolio Fisheries & Oceans

William "Bill" Matthews (born July 22, 1947 in Grand Bank, Newfoundland) is a Canadian politician.

Matthews was a Progressive Conservative member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1982 to 1996. During this time, he was a cabinet minister, as Minister of Culture, Recreation and Youth from 1985 to 1988 and Minister of Career Development and Advanced Studies from 1988 to 1989.

Matthews was later elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1997 as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, representing the riding of Burin—St. George's. He crossed the floor to the Liberals in 1999, and continued to represent the riding until 2004. In that year's federal election, he was elected to the newly redistributed district of Random—Burin—St. George's, which he represented until 2008.

Matthews is a former teacher. He is a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy House Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, and Progressive Conservative critic of Fisheries and Oceans.

After 10 years in the House of Commons, Matthews called Prime Minister Harper a "liar",[1] and was not permitted by Speaker of the House Peter Milliken to rise in the House for the final 14 months of his political career.[2] Matthews did not run for reelection in the 2008 election.


  1. ^ "Powering up the Speaker of the House". CBC News. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Time right to retire, Liberal MP Matthews says". CBC News. 3 April 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 

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