Patrick MacAdam

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Patrick "Pat" MacAdam was a Canadian writer and longtime Conservative Party insider born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He died in Ottawa on May 19, 2015.

Early and political life[edit]

MacAdam attended St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1952 until 1956. He served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Xaverian Weekly in 1955, the same year he met longtime friend Brian Mulroney when Mulroney was a freshman and MacAdam was a senior.

MacAdam would serve as a political advisor to Mulroney during his term as Prime Minister of Canada, taking a job at the High Commission of Canada in London. After Mulroney's term ended in 1993, MacAdam was accused of tax evasion, and eventually convicted in 1997.[1]


In addition to a weekly column in the Ottawa Sun, MacAdam has written several books:

  • The record speaks! (1961)
  • Unbelievable Canadian War Stories (2006)
  • "Big Cy" and Other Characters: Pat MacAdam's Cape Breton (2006), nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award in 2007.
  • Gold Medal Misfits (2007)[2]
  • Mulroney's Man: Memoirs and Misadventures of an Ottawa Insider (2008)


  1. ^ He'll Take writing over tax court Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine., Ottawa Sun, October 16, 2006. Accessed 14-09-2009
  2. ^ "Canada's quiet hockey heroes". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  • John Sawatsky, Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1991). An early chapter on Mulroney's freshman year at StFX in 1955 talks about his friendship with Pat MacAdam, then editor-in-chief of the Xaverian.