John William Bosley
(born May 4, 1947) is a former Canadian politician. He is best known for having been Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
from November 5, 1984 to September 29, 1986.
He received a BA in 1968 from the University of Trinity College
in the University of Toronto
. Prior to his election to Parliament
, he was a businessman. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
, he was first elected in the 1979 election
in the riding of Don Valley West in Toronto
. He served as Parliamentary Secretary
to Prime Minister Joe Clark
He was re-elected in the 1980
and 1984 elections
. After the 1984 election, he was named Speaker of the House of Commons
On June 27, 1985, the House adopted changes to the Standing Orders, providing for the election of the Speaker by secret ballot. The first such election took place on September 30, 1986, when Bosley tendered his resignation, and presided over the election of John Fraser
as the thirty-second Speaker of the House of Commons.
Bosley was re-elected as a Member of Parliament
(MP) in 1988 election
before being defeated in the 1993 election
in which the Progressive Conservative Party was reduced from 157 MPs to two.
Since 1993, Bosley has served as Advisor on Institutional Development to Parliaments all over the world but primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa.