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Michael Wilson

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About Michael Wilson:

Michael Wilson, a finance minister and trade minister in the Brian Mulroney government, came back into the public eye in 2006 with his nomination by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Canadian Ambassador to the United States. A stock broker and investment banker by profession, Michael Wilson was responsible for introduction of the controversial GST in 1990 and also helped negotiate the North-American Free Trade Agreement.

Canadian Ambassador to the United States:

2006 to 2009

Birth:

November 4, 1937 in Toronto, Ontario

Education:

  • University of Toronto
  • London School of Economics

Profession:

  • Stock broker
  • Executive Vice-President Dominion Securities 1973-79
  • Chairman of investment bank UBS Canada 2001-06

Political Affiliation:

  • Progressive Conservative Party
  • Conservative Party

Riding (Electoral District):

Etobicoke Centre

Political Career of Michael Wilson:

  • Michael Wilson was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative MP in 1979.

  • He was Minister of State for International Trade in the Joe Clark government from 1979 to 1980. The Progressive Conservatives were defeated in 1980, but Michael Wilson hung on to his seat.

  • Michael Wilson ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1983, but after the first ballot threw his support to Brian Mulroney, who went on to win.

  • When the Progressive Conservatives came back into power in 1984 with Brian Mulroney as Prime Minister, Michael Wilson became Minister of Finance.

  • In 1990, Michael Wilson was responsible for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which was controversial enough that extra senators were appointed to get it through the Senate.

  • From 1991 to 1993 Michael Wilson was Minister of Industry and also Minister of International Trade and helped negotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico.

  • Michael Wilson did not run in the 1993 general election and returned to Bay Street to run his own financial services consulting firm.

  • Michael Wilson was the Conservative Party campaign co-chair in the 2006 federal campaign.

  • Michael Wilson was nominated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be Canadian Ambassador to the United States in February 2006, replacing Frank McKenna.

  • Michael Wilson stepped down as Canadian Ambassador to the United States in the fall of 2009. He was replaced as Ambassador by former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer.

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