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This fonds consists of the following four series relating to Tom McMillan's career as a member of parliament and cabinet minister: Clark government and opposition material (1979-1984); Minister of state for tourism (1984-1985); Minister of the environment (1984-1988); and Prince Edward Island related records (1976-1988).
Textual records: Finding aid is a file list for textual records. MSS2189 (Paper)
Textual records: Finding aid. MSS2189 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
Born 15 October 1945 in Charlottetown, Thomas Michael McMillan was raised in Prince Edward Island. A political scientist, he was educated at the universities of Prince Edward Island, Queen's, New Brunswick and Trent. He was a guest lecturer in political science at Laurentian University (1972-1973), and before that part-time instructor at Sir Sandford Fleming College (1971-1972). Prior to election to the House of Commons, Mr. McMillan served as special assistant to the former Progressive Conservative (PC) house leader, the Honourable Robert Stanfield, and as executive director of Mr. Stanfield's policy advisory committee. He was also executive officer of the Ontario Human Rights Committee and chairman of the Book and Periodical Development Council of Canada. With Professor T.H.B. Symons, he was co-author of 'To know ourselves'. He was first elected to the House of Commons as the PC member from Hillsborough riding, in Prince Edward Island, in 1979, and re-elected in 1980. While in opposition, he served as the PC Caucus' environment critic (1981-1983), and later as deputy house leader (1983-1984). His committee service included work on the following parliamentary committees: Communications and Culture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Special Committee on Acid Rain. In the first Mulroney Cabinet, in 1984, he was named Canada's first full-time minister of state for tourism. He held this portfolio until mid-1985, when he was named minister of the environment; this portfolio he held until 1988. Not returned to the House in the general election of 1988, he left federal politics.
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