Barbara McDougall

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Person.png Barbara McDougall   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, deep state operative)
Barbara McDougall.png
BornNovember 12, 1937
Toronto, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Global Board of Advisors, Global Panel Foundation/Board of Directors, Global Panel Foundation/Supervisory Board
Canadian member of CFR's Global Board of Advisors, attended he 1993 Bilderberg as Canada/Secretary of State for External Affairs. Atlantic Storm participant

Employment.png Canada/Secretary of State for External Affairs Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
April 20, 1991 - June 24, 1993

Employment.png Canadian International Council/President

In office
1999 - 2004
EmployerCanadian Institute of International Affairs
At the time still Canadian Institute of International Affairs

Barbara Jean McDougall was a Canadian politician. She was a Member of Parliament from 1984 to 1993, and as Secretary of State for External Affairs from 1991 to 1993. She did not run again in the 1993 Canadian federal election which saw the incumbent Progressive Conservative government reduced to two seats in the House of Commons.

She was President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs between 1999 and 2004. She attended the 1993 Bilderberg meeting and the 2005 Atlantic Storm pandemic exercise. She is on the Board of the spooky Global Panel Foundation and on the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations.


McDougall received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in political science and economics in 1963.

Government and political experience

McDougall was a member of parliament from St. Paul's (Toronto) for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1984 to 1993. At the Cabinet table she was a vocal proponent of free choice for women in the abortion debate.[1] She based her opposition to Senate reform partly on the fact that this institution is responsible for the state of abortion law in Canada at present.[2]

McDougall has remained active in conservative political circles. She was a member of the Red Tory Council and supported auto-parts magnate Belinda Stronach's campaign to become leader of the new Conservative Party of Canada in winter 2004.

On December 18, 2006 it was announced that she would be appointed as a panelist on the Internal Trade Implementation Act for a period of five years.

Other career

McDougall has previously been an advisor for Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis LLP where she counsels clients on matters of international business development, corporate governance and government relations.

She is the Chair of Global Panel America[3] and a member of the (spooky) Global Panel Foundation's worldwide Supervisory board. She has been a Canadian representative to the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. and The International Crisis Group in Brussels, Belgium.

A Scotiabank director from 1999 to 2008, she sat on the Audit and Conduct Review Committee and the Human Resources Committee. She had previously beenChair of the Conduct Review/Pension Committee.

McDougall also was on the board of Stelco Inc. and the Independent Order of Foresters. She is currently a director of Unique Solutions Design Ltd.

She has worked as a business reporter for the Vancouver Sun, an analyst for Odlum Brown and at brokerage firm A.E. Ames, where she became the company's first female vice president.

From October 2004 to March 2010 McDougall served on the Board of Directors of Imperial Tobacco Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of British American Tobacco. In that capacity she chaired the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of Imperial Tobacco Canada.[4]

In 2000 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Controversial position at IDRC

In December 2007 McDougall was appointed Chair of the board of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC)[5]. Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett criticized her appointment as Chair of IDRC because of the conflict of interest it created between her role as director of a tobacco company and chair of an agency funding tobacco control efforts.[6][7] The press release announcing her appointment did not mention her ongoing directorship of Imperial Tobacco.[8] It is also omitted this from her bio on the IDRC website.[9] As a result of this serious conflict of interest, a major tobacco control coordination meeting in Africa funded by IDRC was boycotted by its participants[10] and the Gates Foundation pulled US$5 million of tobacco control funding from IDRC in April 2010.[11][12]


Events Participated in

Atlantic Storm14 January 200514 January 2005New York
A scenario designed to mimic a summit of transatlantic leaders forced to respond to a bioterrorist attack. Recommended militarization, vaccination and stockpiling drugs. Held January 2005.
Bilderberg/199322 April 199325 April 1993Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 41st Bilderberg, held in Greece
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