Gregory Francis Thompson
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for New Brunswick Southwest
|Preceded by||new riding|
|Succeeded by||John Williamson|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Fred McCain|
|Succeeded by||Harold Culbert|
March 28, 1947 |
St. Stephen, New Brunswick
|Progressive Conservative (1988–2003)|
|Children||Gregory Thompson Jr., Christian Thompson|
|Profession||Teacher, financial planner|
|Portfolio||Minister of Veterans Affairs|
Thompson, a high school teacher, a businessman and financial planner was first elected into the Canadian House of Commons in the Canadian federal election, 1988 as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected in the riding of Carleton—Charlotte. His bid for re-election in the Canadian federal election, 1993 was unsuccessful and he was defeated by Harold Culbert of the Liberal Party of Canada by fewer than 1,000 votes.
Thompson however ran again in the next election and was re-elected in the riding of Charlotte, where he defeated Culbert. Thompson was re-elected in the Canadian federal election, 2000 in the riding of New Brunswick Southwest and again the Canadian federal election, 2004 in the riding of St. Croix—Belleisle. Shortly before the 2004 election, he joined the new Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected in the 2006 federal election. In the 2008 federal election he was elected for a sixth term in the riding of New Brunswick Southwest by garnering over 58% of the vote.
During his time in parliament, he has served as the critic of Human Resources Development, the Treasury Board, Regional Development, Health, and Public Accounts, as well as critic of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs in Stephen Harper's Cabinet. In April 2007, he and Harper told the press in Kitchener, Ontario that a Veterans' Bill of Rights would come into effect soon and there would be a new ombudsman for veterans along with it.
He was formerly a high school history teacher at Fundy High School from 1975-1980.
He resigned from his position in Cabinet on January 16, 2010, because years of travel had worn him down and he wasn't looking forward to making a trip to New Zealand due to the length and time he had to invest in the trip. He also announced he would not run in the 2011 federal election.
Veterans Affairs privacy issues
In October 2010, Canada's Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart uncovered evidence that widespread privacy abuses had been occurring at Veterans Affairs Canada. Among the cases where privacy issues were investigated is that in which highly personal information of an outspoken critic of Veterans Affairs, including confidential medical and financial information, was included in briefing notes prepared for then-minister Greg Thompson.
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Andrew Graham||4,958||16.5||+0.9|
|Green||Robert Wayne Boucher||1,667||5.6||+2.8|
|Total valid votes||29,962|
|Total rejected ballots||180|
|Total number of votes||30,142|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Andrew Graham||5,178||15.6||+3.9|
- "Canada's veterans get bill of rights". CBC News. April 3, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Canada Votes 2006: New Brunswick Southwest". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Veterans Affairs minister Thompson resigns". CBC News. January 16, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Go to NZ? No way - I quit, says minister". The New Zealand Herald. January 18, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
- "Veterans Affairs critic's confidential medical information given to minister". The Globe and Mail. September 21, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Privacy Commissioner finds evidence of systemic abuse at Veterans Affairs". The Globe and Mail. September 28, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Vet alleges government tried to hospitalize him". Toronto Sun. October 10, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.