Alan Pope

Alan Pope

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Alan William Pope (born August 2, 1945 in Ayr, Scotland) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1977 to 1990, and served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Bill Davis and Frank Miller.

Early years

Pope was raised in Northern Ontario, and was educated at Waterloo Lutheran University and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He worked as a barrister and solicitor before entering politics. Pope served as an alderman in the northern city of Timmins from 1973 to 1974.

Provincial politics

He first ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, but lost to Bill Ferrier of the NDP by 1,292 votes. He ran again in the 1977 provincial election, and defeated Ferrier by 2,276 votes.

Cabinet

He was appointed as a parliamentary assistant in Davis's government in 1978, and was promoted to Minister without portfolio on August 30, 1979.

Easily re-elected in the 1981 provincial election, Pope was promoted again to Minister of Natural Resources on April 10, 1981. He served in this position for the remainder of the Davis administration's time in office. Pope was known for hating departmental bureaucracy, and took the initiative in opening several new provincial parks. He also made the controversial decision that mining, hunting and motorboats would be allowed on park grounds. In 1982, he decided that the MNR would not attempt to enforce jurisdiction over disputed rice...
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