Recognizing one of Canada’s greatest political thinkers

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian society through his leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, The Honourable Donald S. Macdonald will receive a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 4:00 p.m. Convocation ceremony on November 16. Mr. Macdonald will also deliver the Convocation address.

“This year, Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration celebrated its 50th anniversary,” says Carleton University President Richard Van Loon. “In light of this celebration, I am pleased that Mr. Macdonald is here today as an example of excellence and leadership in Canadian politics and public policy.”

In addition to presenting Mr. Macdonald with this honorary degree, his daughter Sonja will also be presented with a Master of Arts in Communication at the Convocation ceremony this afternoon.

An Ottawa native, Mr. Macdonald began his post-secondary studies at the University of Toronto. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, his Master of Laws at Harvard Law School, and a Diploma in International Law at Cambridge University. He has also received a number of honorary degrees from St. Lawrence University, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Toronto, and the Colorado School of Mines.

Mr. Macdonald was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1962 as representative for the Toronto Rosedale riding. Under the leadership of The Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, he subsequently held four Cabinet positions as House Leader, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Energy, and Minister of Finance. In 1978, Mr. Macdonald resigned from federal politics to practise law, and later went on to act as director of a number of prominent private corporations, with intervals in the public service.

From 1982 to 1985, Mr. Macdonald chaired the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, which set the agenda for many of the country’s economic and social reformations throughout the following decade, including the Free Trade Agreement.

In honour of his immense contributions to the Canadian political culture, as well as his numerous academic achievements, Mr. Macdonald has been appointed a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, a Companion of the Order of Canada, Freeman of the City of London, and an Honorary Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.

Currently, Mr. Macdonald is associated with the Lang Michener law firm in Toronto.

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