John Allen Fraser

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The Honourable
John Allen Fraser
32nd Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Jeanne Sauvé
Ray Hnatyshyn
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Kim Campbell
Preceded by John Bosley
Succeeded by Gilbert Parent
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver South
In office
Preceded by Arthur Laing
Succeeded by Herb Dhaliwal
Personal details
Born (1931-12-15) December 15, 1931 (age 85)
Yokohama, Japan
Political party Progressive Conservative

John Allen Fraser, PC, OC, OBC, CD, QC (born December 15, 1931) is a retired Canadian parliamentarian and former Speaker of the House of Commons.[1]

Fraser was born in Yokohama, Japan, where his father was working as a lumber salesman. His parents returned to British Columbia when Fraser was four years old.[2] He grew up and was educated there and graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in Spring 1954.[3] Fraser first won a seat in Parliament in the 1972 general election as a Progressive Conservative from Vancouver. He stood as a candidate at the 1976 Progressive Conservative leadership convention to replace Robert Stanfield, but did poorly. He was re-elected in 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988.[1]

In 1979, Fraser became Minister of the Environment in the short-lived government of Joe Clark, returning to the Opposition benches in 1980. He returned to the Cabinet in the wake of Brian Mulroney's landslide victory in the 1984 federal election, and became Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He was forced to resign in 1985 as a result of the "Tainted Tuna" affair.[1]

In 1986, he became Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, the first to be elected by fellow Members of Parliament, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1993.[1]


In 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4] He was a recipient of the Vimy Award, which recognizes a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d John Allen Fraser – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ "The Environmental Partnership in North America". Journal of the Air Pollution Control Association. 29: 1212–1213. doi:10.1080/00022470.1979.10470918. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Order of Canada citation
  5. ^ "2002 Vimy Award Recipient – The Honourable John A Fraser". Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. ^ e-Veritas » Blog Archive » Misc

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