John Morris Duncan
, (born December 19, 1948) is a Canadian
politician sitting as a member of the Canadian Parliament
from 1993 to January 2006 and again from October 2008. On August 6, 2010, he was appointed to the Canadian Cabinet
as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
He was born in Winnipeg
and raised in British Columbia
Duncan attended the University of British Columbia
and graduated with a B.Sc. F from their Faculty of Forestry in 1972. Duncan's first experience as an elected official was as an alderman
in Ucluelet, British Columbia
from 1982 to 1983.
Entrance to politics
In the 1993 election
, Duncan was elected as a member of the Reform Party
. He has served in all that party's incarnations up untilthe 2006 federal election
, when he lost his seat to Catherine J. Bell
of the New Democratic Party
by 630 votes.
Duncan was the Conservative Party's Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources. During that time he served on the Natural Resources Committee. He helped shape Conservative Party policy on west coast offshore oil and gas, softwood lumber trade and the pine beetle epidemic.
While in parliament, he was a member of the "Restaurant Caucus" in the House of Commons
, a group of MPs who have interests in the restaurant
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