Allan McKinnon

Allan Bruce McKinnon, PC MC CD, (11 January 1917 – 19 September 1990) was a Canadian politician.

Allan McKinnon

Minister of National Defence
In office
June 3, 1979  March 2, 1980
Prime MinisterJoe Clark
Preceded byBarney Danson
Succeeded byGilles Lamontagne
Member of Parliament
for Victoria
In office
Preceded byDavid Groos
Succeeded byJohn Brewin
Personal details
Born(1917-01-11)11 January 1917
Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died19 September 1990(1990-09-19) (aged 73)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Born in Canora, Saskatchewan, he served with the Royal Canadian Artillery and was officer with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. In 1945, he was awarded the Military Cross. After the war, he remained in the Canadian Army. He retired with the rank of major in 1965 and settled in Victoria, British Columbia. He then taught at Sangster Elementary School in Colwood. From 1968 to 1972, he was a trustee and later chairman of the Victoria School Board.

McKinnon was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1972 federal election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Victoria, British Columbia. He was re-elected on four successive occasions, and served from 1979 to 1980 as Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs in the short-lived minority government of Joe Clark.

McKinnon retired from politics at the 1988 federal election. He died at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia in 1990 due to cancer.[1]


  1. The Canadian Press (21 September 1990). "Obituary / Allan McKinnon / Former MP for Victoria served as defence minister". The Globe and Mail. p. A15.
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