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Bio & Thesis « Douglas Fisher

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In 1957, local CCF organizers looking for a candidate to fight the legendary Liberal cabinet minister C.D. Howe, turned to a high school teacher in Port Arthur.

Douglas Fisher took a shot at it and the end result shocked the nation as he ‘dethroned’ the man nicknamed the ‘Minister of Everything’.

It is arguably the greatest upset in Canadian history. The win grabbed media attention in Ottawa and Fisher’s early appearances in both the House of Commons and parliamentary committees showed him to be a challenging speaker and fierce inquisitor.

While still an MP, Douglas began writing columns with the Toronto Telegram, later the Toronto Sun, eventually turning to a full-time career of over 45 years in print, more than 25 years as host of a Sunday night tv show, Insight with Doug Fisher, and regular appearances on CTV’s Question Period.

Douglas Fisher 1957-2006 … Masters thesis by George Hoff

Doug’s page in Wikipedia

Left to right: father Roy, sister Irene, mother Pearl, brother George, and sister Joyce with Douglas.

Left to right: father Roy, sister Irene, mother Pearl, brother George, and sister Joyce with Douglas.

Douglas was born in a cottage on Queen St., in Sioux Lookout, Ontario September 19, 1919. He spent most of his childhood in Sioux lookout. He became a soldier for the Canadian Army in early 1940 and served with the12th Manitoba Dragoons, an armoured car regiment that trained in Canada and the UK before taking part in the allies’ Normandy offensive in 1944.

Douglas was a student at Ryerson, the University of Toronto, obtaining a bachelor of library science. As a working man, he went from miner, to fire ranger, to bridge guard, to construction and finally teaching. As an MP he served for seven years, during which time he became a columnist; in 1974 Douglas served as chairman of Hockey Canada.

Barbara and Douglas with sons Mark, baby Luke, Tobias, Matthew and John; 1965.

Barbara and Douglas with sons Mark, baby Luke, Tobias, Matthew and John; 1965.

Newspapers

Magazines

  • Legion Magazine 1970s-2005
  • Executive Magazine 1978-1984

Television

  • CFTO 1962, CJOH 1962-1998, CTV Question Period -1977, CBC

Lobbyist

  • Forestry
  • Indians
  • Sport
  • Royal Commissions

MP

  • Politician 1957-1965 + 1968 + 1972
  • The CCF Party 1957-1962
  • NDP 1963-1965

Teacher

  • Teachers College 1956-57
  • Port Arthur Collegiate Institute 1957-58

Librarian

  • Queens (full time) and Postgraduate student (part time) 1952-53
  • Lakehead Technical lnstitute 1953-56

Student archivist

  • University of London 1950-51

Soldier

  • WWII 1942-1945

In Loving Memory… eulogy to Douglas


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