David Kilgour

David William Kilgour PC (born February 18, 1941) is a human rights activist, author, former lawyer, and Canadian politician. He is also a Senior Fellow to the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.


David Kilgour

David Kilgour in 2008
Secretary of State (Asia Pacific)
In office
January 15, 2002  December 12, 2003
Prime MinisterJean Chrétien
Preceded byRey Pagtakhan
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)
In office
June 11, 1997  January 14, 2002
Prime MinisterJean Chrétien
Preceded byChristine Stewart
Succeeded byDenis Paradis
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
Chairman of Committees of the Whole
In office
January 17, 1994  April 27, 1997
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
(Edmonton–Beaumont; 2004)
(Edmonton Southeast; 1988–2004)
(Edmonton—Strathcona; 1979–1988)
In office
May 22, 1979  January 23, 2006
Preceded byDouglas Roche
Succeeded byMike Lake
Personal details
Born
David William Kilgour

(1941-02-18) February 18, 1941 (age 80)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyIndependent
(2005–2006)
Other political
affiliations
Progressive Conservative
(1979–1990)
Liberal Party of Canada
(1990–2005)
RelativesGeills Turner (sister)
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
ProfessionLawyer, Politician, Author

Kilgour graduated from the University of Manitoba in economics in 1962 and the University of Toronto law school in 1966. From crown attorney in northern Alberta to Canadian Cabinet minister, Kilgour ended his 27-year tenure in the House of Commons of Canada as an Independent MP. Upon retirement, he was one of the longest current serving members of parliament and one of the very few who had been elected under both the Progressive Conservative and Liberal banners.