John Diefenbaker, John Reynolds and Pat Burns
John Reynolds - (1972-2005) MP (various times) Former federal Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament; hosted morning talk show at CJOR Vancouver beginning in 1977; (1983-1997) former BC Member of the Legislative Assembly; former Canadian Alliance/Conservative Party of Canada MP current
JOHN REYNOLDS: He's too swarthily good-looking for radio but in other respects he is a natural. Like most open-liners, he is companified (John Reynolds Enterprises, and even his producer has her own company.) It is no surprise that talk radio receives the complaint of the small business man so graciously. He comes to talk radio by way of celebrity, just as, during 5 years as a backbench Conservative MP, he came to celebrity by way of talk radio's forum for liberal causes. Not all the guests come to Reynolds’s 3-room suite at the Hotel Vancouver will be familiar with the host. And what an impression they must get. In the studio and the reception area, we counted 50 framed objects; pictures of Reynolds with politicians and judges, sketches of every Canadian prime minister, political cartoons--all appear to have been framed and hung the same day, instant personality totems for an instant personality. A bookcase bulges with Canadian statute books, the might of the British Parliamentary system aligned with the host. He hasn't become the anticipated raving right-winger, nor has he stayed all that close to the safety of politics. Still he says, "I know how the system works and I can say what I want because I have the inside track." John Reynolds does not lack self confidence. This year is too soon for television but next year might not be.
Reynolds was born January 19, 1942, in Toronto, Ontario,
moved to Montreal,
Mr. Reynolds began his career in the sales and marketing field; was western sales manager for Rust Craft Greeting Cards; joined Ethicon Sutures Ltd. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and at that time was the youngest manager ever appointed by that company.
Mr. Reynolds political career began in 1972, when he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Burnaby-Richmond-Delta. He was re-elected in the 1974 general election. During his time as an MP (1972-1977), he served on numerous standing committees, health and welfare, sport and fitness, transportation, and justice and legal affairs. He chaired the Progressive Conservative Caucus Committee responsible for the Department of Supply and Services.
Following his tenure as an elected official, Mr. Reynolds pursued work in the private sector, which included directorships on the boards of numerous public companies, including International Corona Resources; one of the largest gold discoveries in North America; and hosted one of British Columbia's leading radio talk shows.
Mr. Reynolds began
his provincial government political career in 1983, elected as Member of the
Legislative Assembly for
During Mr. Reynolds
term as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and as a consequence of his
particular interest in the Commonwealth, he held the position of President of
As Minister of Environment in British Columbia, Mr. Reynolds chaired the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Land Use, was a member of the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet, Regional and Economic Development Committee of Cabinet, Native Affairs Committee of Cabinet, Cultural Heritage Committee of Cabinet, and the Vancouver International Airport Cabinet Committee. He was also a member of the BC/Alberta Boundary Commission, the BC/Yukon/NWT Boundary Commission, and the Environmental Appeal Board.
Following the 1991
provincial election, Mr. Reynolds moved to
In 1997, Mr.
Reynolds returned to
community activities have included being a founding member and chairman of the
Gordie Howe Foundation for Disabled Athletes, member of the International
Churchill Society, and he served as a member of the Board of Governors for the
1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games Society. He was awarded the
John wa s re-elected in the June 28, 2004 general election.
Shortly after the election Stephen Harper appointed Mr. Reynolds as the
Official Opposition House Leader and Critic for Sports. On