Gregory Francis Thompson, ) was a Canadian politician who served six terms as a Member of Parliament (MP).(March 28, 1947 – September 10, 2019
|Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of New Brunswick|
November 9, 2018 – September 10, 2019
|Preceded by||Francine Landry|
|Succeeded by||Blaine Higgs|
|Member of the|
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Saint Croix
September 24, 2018 – September 10, 2019
|Preceded by||John Ames|
|Minister of Veterans Affairs|
February 6, 2006 – January 16, 2010
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Albina Guarnieri|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Pierre Blackburn|
|Member of Parliament|
for New Brunswick Southwest
June 2, 1997 – May 2, 2011
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||John Williamson|
|Member of Parliament|
November 21, 1988 – October 25, 1993
|Preceded by||Fred McCain|
|Succeeded by||Harold Culbert|
|Born||March 28, 1947|
St. Stephen, New Brunswick
|Died||September 10, 2019 72) (aged|
Saint John, New Brunswick
|Political party||Progressive Conservative (2018 - 2019)|
Thompson, a high school teacher, a businessman and financial planner was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1988 Canadian federal election as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected in the riding of Carleton—Charlotte. His bid for re-election in the 1993 Canadian federal election was unsuccessful and he was defeated by Harold Culbert of the Liberal Party of Canada by fewer than 1,000 votes.
Thompson however ran again in the next election and was re-elected in the riding of Charlotte, where he defeated Culbert. Thompson was re-elected in the 2000 Canadian federal election in the riding of New Brunswick Southwest and again the 2004 Canadian federal election in the riding of St. Croix—Belleisle. Shortly before the 2004 election, he joined the new Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected in the 2006 federal election. In the 2008 federal election he was elected for a sixth term in the riding of New Brunswick Southwest by garnering over 58% of the vote.
During his time in parliament, he has served as the critic of Human Resources Development, the Treasury Board, Regional Development, Health, and Public Accounts, as well as critic of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs in Stephen Harper's Cabinet. In April 2007, he and Harper told the press in Kitchener, Ontario that a Veterans' Bill of Rights would come into effect soon and there would be a new ombudsman for veterans along with it.
He resigned from his position in Cabinet on January 16, 2010, because years of travel had worn him down and he wasn't looking forward to making a trip to New Zealand due to the length and time he had to invest in the trip. He also announced he would not run in the 2011 federal election.
Veterans Affairs privacy issues
In October 2010, Canada's Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart uncovered evidence that widespread privacy abuses had been occurring at Veterans Affairs Canada. Among the cases where privacy issues were investigated is that in which highly personal information of an outspoken critic of Veterans Affairs, including confidential medical and financial information, was included in briefing notes prepared for then-minister Greg Thompson.
|2018 New Brunswick general election: Saint Croix|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Thompson||3,249||39.21||+0.02|
|People's Alliance||Joyce Wright||1,466||17.69||+11.74|
|New Democratic||Jan Underhill||89||1.07||-5.69|
|Total valid votes||8,287||99.83|
|Total rejected ballots||14||0.17||-0.15|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.18|
|2008 Canadian federal election: New Brunswick Southwest|
|New Democratic||Andrew Graham||4,958||16.5||+0.9|
|Green||Robert Wayne Boucher||1,667||5.6||+2.8|
|Total valid votes||29,962|
|Total rejected ballots||180|
|Total number of votes||30,142|
|2006 Canadian federal election: New Brunswick Southwest|
|New Democratic||Andrew Graham||5,178||15.6||+3.9|
|2004 Canadian federal election: St. Croix—Belleisle|
|New Democratic||Patrick Webber||3,600||11.7||+7.9|
|Canadian Action||David Szemerda||194||0.6|
|Total valid votes||30,795|
|2000 Canadian federal election: New Brunswick Southwest|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Thompson||14,489||47.2||+2.3|
|New Democratic||Habib Kilisli||1,173||3.8||-3.6|
|Total valid votes||30,666|
|1997 Canadian federal election: Charlotte|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Thompson||14,533||44.9|
|New Democratic||Rob Rainer||2,397||7.4|
|Natural Law||Thomas Mitchell||280||0.9|
|Total valid votes||32,333|
|1993 Canadian federal election: Carleton—Charlotte|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Thompson||12,157||40.6||-6.6|
|New Democratic||Bill Barteau||1,016||3.1||-4.6|
|Total valid votes||32,401|
|1988 Canadian federal election: Carleton—Charlotte|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Thompson||16,026||47.2||-14.6|
|New Democratic||Ben Kilfoil||2,596||7.7||-6.5|
|Confederation of Regions||Robert Storr||1,183||3.5|
|Total valid votes||33,921|
- Greg Thompson, longtime politician and Saint Croix MLA, dies at 72
- "Canada's veterans get bill of rights". CBC News. April 3, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Canada Votes 2006: New Brunswick Southwest". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Veterans Affairs minister Thompson resigns". CBC News. January 16, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Go to NZ? No way - I quit, says minister". The New Zealand Herald. January 18, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
- Jacques, Poitras (September 11, 2019). "Saint Croix MLA Greg Thompson remembered as gentleman of 'stubborn determination'". CBC. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- "Veterans Affairs critic's confidential medical information given to minister". The Globe and Mail. September 21, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Privacy Commissioner finds evidence of systemic abuse at Veterans Affairs". The Globe and Mail. September 28, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Vet alleges government tried to hospitalize him". Toronto Sun. October 10, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2014.