Myron Thompson

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This article is about the Canadian politician. For the U.S. federal judge, see Myron Herbert Thompson. For the social worker, see Myron "Pinky" Thompson.
Myron Thompson
Member of Parliament
for Wild Rose
In office
Preceded by Louise Feltham
Succeeded by Blake Richards
Personal details
Born (1936-04-23) April 23, 1936 (age 80)
Monte Vista, Colorado
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Dot Thompson
Residence Sundre, Alberta
Profession Educator

Myron Thompson (born 23 April 1936) is a former Conservative Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. He represented the riding of Wild Rose in Alberta.

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Thompson was born and raised in Monte Vista, Colorado. At the age 19 he tried out for the New York Yankees as a catcher, but failed to make the team due to Yogi Berra's dominance at the position. Years later in a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush, upon hearing of the tryout, Bush looked at Thompson's hands and guessed which position he played.

In the 1950s, Thompson studied at Adams State College in Colorado, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Education.

Thompson served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He moved to Canada in 1968 and became a citizen in 1974. For 23 years, Thompson was a high school teacher and then principal, and later became the mayor of Sundre, Alberta, serving from 1974 to 1980.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1993 as a member of the Reform Party, and continued to serve under its successors the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party of Canada. He became known for wearing a cowboy hat, and lobbied unsuccessfully to be allowed to wear it on the floor of the Commons. He claimed that the cowboy hat was part of his heritage, and he had as much right to wear it as MPs had the right to wear turbans or native feathers.

While serving in opposition, he was harshly critical of the Liberal government. Issues he has focused on include government spending, same-sex marriage, victims' rights, child pornography, and prison reform.

Thompson has also been one of the loudest critics of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s decision that Canada would not take part in the multinational force in Iraq and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In June 2007, Thompson announced that he would not be running for re-election, and as a result stepped down from Parliament after the 2008 federal election.

His son, Dennis Thompson, who also has dual American-Canadian citizenship, enlisted in the U.S. army in 1996 and later served for a year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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