John William Bosley
Bosley in 2017
31st Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
November 5, 1984 – September 29, 1986
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJeanne Sauvé
Prime MinisterBrian Mulroney
Preceded byLloyd Francis
Succeeded byJohn Fraser
Member of Parliament
for Don Valley West
In office
Preceded bynew riding
Succeeded byJohn Godfrey
Personal details
Born (1947-05-04) May 4, 1947 (age 74)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative

John William Bosley, PC (born May 4, 1947) is a Canadian former politician. He is best known for having been Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada from November 5, 1984 to September 29, 1986.

He received a BA in 1968 from the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Prior to his election to Parliament, he was a businessman. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, he was first elected in the 1979 election in the riding of Don Valley West in Toronto. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Joe Clark.

He was re-elected in the 1980 and 1984 elections. After the 1984 election, he was named Speaker of the House of Commons.

On June 27, 1985, the House adopted changes to the Standing Orders, providing for the election of the Speaker by secret ballot. The first such election took place on September 30, 1986, when Bosley tendered his resignation, and presided over the election of John Fraser as the thirty-second Speaker of the House of Commons.

Bosley was re-elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1988 election. He ran against incumbent John Fraser in the second election for Speaker but was unsuccessful.[1]

He was defeated in the 1993 general election in which the Progressive Conservative Party was reduced from 157 MPs to two.

Since 1993, Bosley has served as Advisor on Institutional Development to Parliaments all over the world but primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.


  1. ^ "The Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons".