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The Honourable
 Arthur C. Eggleton 

Senator for Ontario
Assumed office 
March 24, 2005
Appointed by Paul Martin

In office
1993 federal election – 2004 federal election
Preceded by Bob Kaplan
Succeeded by Ken Dryden

In office
December 1, 1980 – November 30, 1991
Preceded by John Sewell
Succeeded by June Rowlands

Born September 29, 1943 (1943-09-29) (age 66)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Occupation Accountant
Profession Senator
Cabinet Minister of National Defence (1997-2002)
Minister for International Trade (1996-1997)
Minister responsible for Infrastructure (1993-1996)
President of the Treasury Board (1993-1996)

Arthur "Art" C. Eggleton, PC (born September 29, 1943) is a former Canadian Cabinet minister and Mayor of Toronto, and is currently a Senator representing Ontario.

Eggleton, an accountant by profession, was first elected to Toronto city council in 1969. He served as budget chief in the council elected in 1973 under David Crombie.

He was the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate in a 1978 by-election in the Toronto riding of Parkdale, but was defeated. In 1980, he ran against mayor John Sewell, and was elected. During his time as Mayor,the City moved forward on implementing its new official plan which resulted in several new significant buildings in the downtown west, or railway lands area - the Convention Centre, Skydome, the CBC Broadcast Centre, to name a few. The City administration under his leadership also produced a record level of social housing projects for low income people; 50 acres of new parks; innovative new responses to the problems of the homeless and emotionally troubled with projects like Street City, the Singles Housing Opportunities Program,and the Gernsteins Centre. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and other environmental programs that resulted in the City receiving a United Nations award. He established the Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations to help bring about the successful integration of people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. In 1985, he withstood a challenge from city councillor Anne Johnston, a fellow Liberal, who ran against Eggleton for the mayoralty in that year's civic election. He retired from municipal politics in 1991 as the longest serving mayor in Toronto history. In recognition of his service to the City, Mr. Eggleton received Toronto's highest honour, the Civic Award of Merit in 1992.

He ran in the 1993 election in the suburban Toronto riding of York Centre, again as a Liberal, and won election. Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, appointed Eggleton to the position of President of the Treasury Board and Minister for Infrastructure in the new Cabinet.

From January 1996 to June 1997, he served as Minister for International Trade. Eggleton retained his seat in the 1997 election, and was appointed Minister of National Defence.

In 1999, Eggleton supported Canada's involvement in NATO's campaign to prevent ethnic cleansing and genocide in Kosovo.

He was re-elected again in the 2000 election,and continued as Minister of Defence focusing on sweeping changes to the National Defence Act which implemented changes to the military justice system, including the set up of several oversight entities including a Military Ombudsman and a Military Police Complaints Commission. He also improved compensation and benefits for Canadian Forces personnel and their families.

He departed Cabinet in May 2002 and became a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade. On May 13, 2004, Eggleton announced he would not be a candidate in the 2004 federal election making way for the nomination of Ken Dryden as the Liberal candidate in York Centre. He was appointed to the Senate by Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. He is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, and a member of the Senate Committee on National Finance.

See also List of Ontario senators.

External links

Parliament of Canada
26th Ministry - Government of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Roy MacLaren Minister for International Trade
Sergio Marchi
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
position created Minister responsible for Infrastructure
Marcel Massé

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