Thomas Michael McMillan
|Member of Parliament for Hillsborough|
|Preceded by||Heath MacQuarrie|
|Succeeded by||George Proud|
|Minister of the Environment|
|Preceded by||Suzanne Blais-Grenier|
|Succeeded by||Lucien Bouchard|
October 15, 1945 |
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, McMillan was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1979 general election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Hillsborough, Prince Edward Island. He was re-elected in the 1980 and 1984 elections. He served as Deputy House Leader from 1983 to 1984 under Leader of the Opposition Brian Mulroney.
Following the Tory landslide in the 1984 general election, Mulroney appointed McMillan to Cabinet as Minister of State for tourism. A year later, McMillan was named Minister of the Environment, replacing the controversial Suzanne Blais-Grenier. McMillan maintained a much lower profile than his predecessor.
He was concerned with emerging issues of the 1980s like acid rain, and remained active in local issues and heritage preservation. When in 1981 an historic bank building in his riding was demolished there was an outcry from concerned citizens, including McMillan. He summed up the loss of this historic structure, "The actions of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Charlottetown have been decidedly more imperial than Canadian." He became increasingly active in preservation causes including the restoration of a brick powder magazine located in Brighton Compound in Charlottetown.
McMillan remained Environment minister until he was defeated in the 1988 general election due to opposition to the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement among his constituents. In August 1989, McMillan was appointed Canada's consul-general to Boston. He maintained his involvement in politics, and attempted unsuccessfully to regain his seat in the 1993 general election. He again attempted a comeback in the 1997 general election, this time in the riding of Peterborough, Ontario, but came in third place behind Liberal candidate Peter Adams and the Reform Party's Nancy Branscombe.
Based on his experiences and previous studies, he wrote a book entitled Not My Party: The Rise and Fall of Canadian Tories from Robert Stanfield to Stephen Harper which was published in 2017.
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- "PM shuffles problems aside, boosts image in Maritimes". The Globe and Mail. August 21, 1985.
- "Atlantic tide turns Liberal; 2 ministers go down to defeat". The Toronto Star. November 22, 1988.
- "Liberals' red tide sweeps Atlantic provinces". The Globe and Mail. November 22, 1988.
- "Defeated minister gets Boston posting". The Globe and Mail. August 29, 1989.
- "Defeated Tory gets diplomatic post". The Toronto Star. August 29, 1989.
- "Liberals sweep Atlantic region". The Globe and Mail. October 26, 1993.
- "Election '97 Winners & Losers". The Globe and Mail. June 3, 1997.
- "Tom McMillan memoir says federal Tories are unrecognizable". CBC News. December 14, 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-21.