Donald Fleming

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Donald Fleming
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The Hon. Donald Methuen Fleming
Member of Parliament
for Eglinton
In office
Preceded by Frederick Hoblitzell
Succeeded by Mitchell Sharp
Minister of Justice
In office
Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
Preceded by Davie Fulton
Succeeded by Lionel Chevrier
Minister of Finance
In office
Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
Preceded by Walter Harris
Succeeded by George Nowlan
Personal details
Born Donald Methuen Fleming
(1905-05-23)May 23, 1905
Exeter, Ontario
Died December 31, 1986(1986-12-31) (aged 81)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario

Donald Methuen Fleming, PC (May 23, 1905 – December 31, 1986) was a Canadian parliamentarian, International Monetary Fund official and lawyer, born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Fleming was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1945 general election as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Toronto riding of Eglinton. In 1948, he was a candidate in that year's Progressive Conservative leadership convention, losing to George Drew. He ran for the leadership again in the 1956 leadership convention, losing to John George Diefenbaker.

The Speaker expelled Fleming from the House of Commons during the 1956 Pipeline Debate that helped lead to the defeat of the Liberal government of Louis St. Laurent in the 1957 general election.

Diefenbaker became the new Prime Minister and appointed Fleming to the cabinet as Minister of Finance. As finance minister, Fleming clashed with the governor of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, over monetary policy and ultimately demanded and got Coyne's resignation in 1961. In 1962, Fleming became the Attorney General of Canada before retiring from politics in 1963.

Fleming returned to politics to seek the PC Party leadership at the 1967 leadership convention for a third time, but came in seventh, and left political life for good.

In later life, he was Governor of the World Bank, an International Monetary Fund official and Chairman of the Bank of Nova Scotia.


  1. ^ "Donald Fleming Dies; Ex-Canadian Official". New York Times, pg.8. January 3, 1987. 

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