Norman MacLeod (Canadian businessman)

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Norman William MacLeod is a retired Canadian business executive. He has long been active in the Liberal Party of Canada, and served as its president from 1980 until 1982.[1] Born in Brandon, Manitoba,[citation needed] he graduated from the University of Manitoba.[2] MacLeod moved to Vancouver where he was politically active and later moved to Toronto to pursue his career. In the business world MacLeod served as a vice-President of Household Finance.[3][4]

In 1980, MacLeod was elected party president by a two-vote margin over former cabinet minister Martin O'Connell.[5] As the party was experiencing financial difficulties during his tenure he turned down the honorarium of about $15,000 a year that the party traditionally offered its president.[citation needed] Prior to becoming party president, MacLeod served as Ontario campaign chair for the party during the 1980 federal election and served as president of the Ontario section of the federal Liberal Party.

He was challenged for the party presidency in 1982 by former cabinet minister Iona Campagnolo who defeated him in his bid for re-election.[1][6] MacLeod suffered because of the poor financial state of the party, including difficulties with a weak fundraising record, and his reputation as a supporter of John Turner.[1] Another source of weakness for MacLeod was the Quebec delegation who were unimpressed by his having sent a party fund-raising letter to Quebec members in English only.[citation needed] MacLeod was not offered a seat in the Senate during or following his presidency.[1][3] MacLeod was a founding member and a chair of the National Board of Directors at the Better Business Bureau of Canada. He is on the Council of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.[4] He has also served on the boards of the Ontario Hospital Association and The Psychology Foundation of Canada.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d McCall, Christina; Clarkson, Stephen (1990). Trudeau and our times. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. pp. 315–16. ISBN 0-7710-5417-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Council Members". Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Styles class in Grit presidential race". Ottawa Citizen. 5 November 1982. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Public Appointments Secretariat, Ontario, Canada: Agency Members Biographies". Government of Ontario. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  5. ^ Canadian news facts. 13-14. p. 2358. Retrieved 2010-07-03 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ "Campagnola wins Liberal presidency". Ottawa Citizen. 8 November 1982. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alasdair Graham
President of the Liberal Party of Canada
Succeeded by
Iona Campagnolo