John Duncan (Canadian politician)

John Duncan (Canadian Politician)

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John Duncan (Canadian politician)

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John Morris Duncan, PC, MP, (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 M├ętis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

Early life

He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba 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 industry.

Duncan's Private Member's Bill C -...
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