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Donald Fleming
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Minister of Justice
In office
August 9, 1962 – April 21, 1963
Prime MinisterJohn Diefenbaker
Preceded byDavie Fulton
Succeeded byLionel Chevrier
Minister of Finance
In office
June 21, 1957 – August 8, 1962
Prime MinisterJohn Diefenbaker
Preceded byWalter Harris
Succeeded byGeorge Nowlan
Member of Parliament
for Eglinton
In office
June 11, 1945 – April 7, 1963
Preceded byFrederick Hoblitzell
Succeeded byMitchell Sharp
Personal details
Donald Methuen Fleming

(1905-05-23)May 23, 1905
Exeter, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 31, 1986(1986-12-31) (aged 81)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Donald Methuen Fleming, PC (May 23, 1905 – December 31, 1986) was a Canadian parliamentarian, International Monetary Fund official and lawyer, born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Life and career

Fleming was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1945 general election as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Toronto riding of Eglinton. In 1948, he was a candidate in that year's Progressive Conservative leadership convention, losing to George Drew. He ran for the leadership again in the 1956 leadership convention, losing to John Diefenbaker.

The Speaker expelled Fleming from the House of Commons during the 1956 Pipeline Debate that helped lead to the defeat of the Liberal government of Louis St. Laurent in the 1957 general election.

Diefenbaker became the new prime minister and appointed Fleming to the cabinet as Minister of Finance. As finance minister, Fleming clashed with the governor of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, over monetary policy and ultimately demanded and got Coyne's resignation in 1961. In 1962, Fleming became the Attorney General of Canada before retiring from politics in 1963.

Fleming returned to politics to seek the PC Party leadership at the 1967 leadership convention for a third time, but came in seventh, and left political life for good.

In later life, he was Governor of the World Bank, an International Monetary Fund official and Chairman of the Bank of Nova Scotia.


There is a Donald Methuen Fleming fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[2]


  1. ^ "Donald Fleming Dies; Ex-Canadian Official". New York Times, pg.8. 3 January 1987.
  2. ^ "Donald Methuen Fleming fonds, Library and Archives Canada".