David MacDonald

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Rev. The Honourable David Samuel Horne MacDonald, PC (born August 20, 1936) is a United Church of Canada minister and a former Canadian politician.

David MacDonald was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) from his native Prince Edward Island in the 1965 election.

After the Tory victory in the 1979 election, he was appointed Minister of Communications, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Secretary of State for Canada in the short-lived Cabinet of Prime Minister Joe Clark.

MacDonald lost his seat in the 1980 election but returned, this time as MP for the Toronto riding of Rosedale in the 1988 election. MacDonald again lost his seat in the 1993 election.

Subsequent to his defeat, he became romantically involved with Alexa McDonough, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP). MacDonald had a reputation as a Red Tory (i.e., left-leaning), and subsequently switched his political allegiance to the social democratic NDP. He ran as the NDP candidate in his old riding (now called Toronto Centre-Rosedale) in the 1997 election, but was defeated by Bill Graham.

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