Famous Canadian Leaders

The second largest country in the world, Canada has an interesting political legacy. Bearing witness to numerous wars, battles and conflicts the country is home to some of the famous leaders of all time. Rene Levesque is a name of significance among the nation’s Quebec separatists leaders who set the stage for Quebec’s separation from Canada but his efforts were foiled by his contemporary Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau is lauded for his successful efforts in restoring unity within the nation and was also the Prime Minister of the country, a post which he held for fifteen years. The aboriginal community has also produced several noteworthy leaders like Mikak, who is known for her contribution in developing peaceful relationships with Labrador. Nahnebahwequay and Elsie Knott are other famous aboriginal leaders from the country. Modern day politicians who have earned international acclaim include UN Diplomat Stephen Lewis, known for his charitable work, Stephen Harper the current prime Minister of Canada and Nina Grewal, the first South Asian woman to serve in the Canadian Parliament. To know more about the life stories and timelines of these famous Canadian politicians explore our collection of biographies, where we have even revealed some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.

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 1 Kenny Omega

Kenny Omega
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transcona, Winnipeg, Canada

Kenny Omega is the ring name of Tyson Smith, a Canadian-born professional wrestler. He had a successful tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) after which he joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW), in which he is an executive vice president as well. He also appears in Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Impact Wrestling. He considers himself straight edge. 

 

 2 Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leaside, Canada

Stephen Harper is a Canadian politician and economist. From 2006 to 2015, Harper served as the prime minister of Canada. In 2019, he was made the Companion of the Order of Canada for his service to the nation and for his illustrious career in politics.

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 3 William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: December 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 22, 1950

Canadian statesman and politician Mackenzie King OM CMG PC, was the 10th prime minister of Canada. He held the position for three non-consecutive terms with a total of over 21 years in office and emerged as the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Canada. He remained instrumental in laying the foundations of the Canadian welfare state.

 4 Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau
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Famous As: 15th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 28, 2000

Pierre Trudeau was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th prime minister of the country. His personality generated excitement within Canada's mass media, which gave rise to the term Trudeaumania. The effects of Trudeau's contribution to Canadian nationalism can still be felt in Canada. 

 5 John A. Macdonald

John A. Macdonald
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: January 11, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ramshorn parish in Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 6, 1891

John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada. A dominant figure in Canadian politics for half a century, he was a lawyer by profession before venturing into politics. As a politician, he was influential in building Canada’s new government. To date, he remains one of the highest-rated prime ministers in Canadian history. 

 6 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 
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 7 Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney
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Famous As: 18th prime minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada

Brian Mulroney is a Canadian politician who served as the 18th prime minister of Canada. He was in office from September 1984 to June 1993. He is a lawyer by qualification. As the prime minister, he implemented major economic reforms and championed immigration. His tenure also saw the addition of significant new national parks. 

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 8 Louis Riel

Louis Riel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, British North America
Died: November 16, 1885

Louis Riel was a Canadian politician. He is credited with founding the province of Manitoba. He holds a significant place in the history of the Métis people as he served as their political leader in pre-Manitoba Northwest Territories. Louis Riel is regarded as a folk hero by the Métis and other Canadian minorities for his efforts to defend their rights.

 9 Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Jagmeet Singh is a Canadian politician and lawyer. Since 2017, Singh has been serving as the leader of the popular Canadian political party, New Democratic Party. Jagmeet Singh serves as an inspiration to other Canadian politicians of Indian origin as he is the first member from a visible minority group to lead a prominent federal political party in Canada.

 10 Jean Chrétien

Jean Chrétien
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Famous As: 20th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Jean Chrétien was the Canadian prime minister from 1993 to 2003. He has previously served in cabinet posts such as the minister of justice and the minister of finance. He has led the Liberal Party of Canada and helped in the passage of the Clarity Act.

 11 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian politician and Progressive Conservative leader Kim Campbell made headlines when she became the first woman to serve as the prime minister of Canada and remains the only woman to have achieved the feat. After quitting her doctoral studies, she studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar.

 12 Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amherstburg, Canada
Died: September 23, 1919

Canadian-American frontiersman, hardware store owner, sheriff, U.S. Marshal, horse breeder and hotel owner Seth Bullock is best known for building the Bullock Hotel, the oldest hotel in Deadwood. Bullock was appointed the first sheriff of the then lawless Dakota where he eventually emerged as a prominent figure civilizing the rowdy camp without killing anyone.

 13 Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas
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Famous As: Former Canadian Politician & Baptist Minister
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Falkirk
Died: February 24, 1986

Tommy Douglas was a Scottish Canadian politician. From 1944 to 1961, he served as premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first to introduce North America's first single-payer, universal health care program. His life and career inspired a TV miniseries titled Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, in which Douglas was played by actor Michael Therriault.

 14 Joe Clark

Joe Clark
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High River, Canada

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, businessman, and politician. In 1979, he became the youngest person to be elected as the prime minister of Canada and served in this position until 1980. He lost the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 before gaining prominence once again in 1984 when he served as a senior cabinet minister. 

 15 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 16 Lester B. Pearson

Lester B. Pearson
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Famous As: 14th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtonbrook, Toronto, Canada
Died: December 27, 1972

Lester B. Pearson was a Canadian statesman, scholar, diplomat, and soldier. He is best remembered for organizing the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in an attempt to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis, for which he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. From 1963 to 1968, Lester B. Pearson served as the prime minister of Canada.

 17 Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau
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Famous As: 23rd Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Justin Trudeau is one of the most popular and good-looking Canadian politicians of all time. His good looks have made women and men go weak in their knees. After becoming the second-youngest prime minister of Canada, Justin went on to become one of the most liked politicians around the world.

 18 Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakville

Jason Kenney is a Canadian politician and the current premier of Alberta. An influential figure in Alberta, Kenney is also the current head of the United Conservative Party (UCP). During the 2019 Alberta general election, Kenney led the UCP to the majority government, defeating the previous government headed by the New Democratic Party's Rachel Anne Notley.

 19 Joe Weider

Joe Weider
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Famous As: Functionary, Editor
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: March 23, 2013

Joe Weider was a Canadian entrepreneur and bodybuilder. He is credited with co-founding the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness which oversees several of the sport's international events, such as the Continental and World Championships. Weider is also credited with creating prominent bodybuilding contests like Mr. Olympia, Masters Olympia, and Ms. Olympia.

 20 Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier
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Famous As: 7th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: November 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Canada
Died: February 17, 1919

Wilfrid Laurier was a Canadian politician who served as the seventh prime minister of Canada; he was in office from 1896 to 1911. Counted amongst the country's greatest statesmen, he envisioned Canada as a “land of individual liberty and decentralized federalism.” He was placed first on Maclean's historical ranking of Canadian prime ministers in 2011.

 21 Doug Ford

Doug Ford
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Famous As: Businessman, Politician
Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Canadian entrepreneur and politician Doug Ford is currently serving as the premier of Ontario. He belongs to the Progressive Conservative party and also co-owns the printing business Deco Labels and Tags. He is an ethical vegetarian. He has also co-authored a book with his brother, Rob Ford.

 22 Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada

 23 Paul Watson

Paul Watson
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Famous As: Sailor, Environmentalist, Admiral
Birthdate: December 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 24 Erin O'Toole

Erin O'Toole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 25 Rob Ford

Rob Ford
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada
Died: March 22, 2016

Canadian politician, Rob Ford, served as the 64th mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014. His political career was marred by many personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings. He suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction, and his involvement in a substance abuse scandal nearly killed his career. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and died in 2016.

 26 Paul Hellyer

Paul Hellyer
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Famous As: Politician, Ufologist, Writer
Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, Ontario

 27 David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet

David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini

 28 Rona Ambrose

Rona Ambrose
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Famous As: Former Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valleyview, Alberta, Canada

 29 John Tory

John Tory
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Famous As: Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

John Tory is a Canadian politician who is serving as the current mayor of Toronto. Before establishing himself as a politician, Tory was a businessman, lawyer, and political strategist. John Tory has several honors under his belt, including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, he was honored with a Harry Jerome Award. 

 30 John Turner

John Turner
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
John Turner was the Canadian prime minister from June to September, 1984, for only 79 days, which was the second-shortest tenure in the history of Canada. He had been the leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Opposition, and had held important posts, such as the minister of finance.

 31 David Johnston

David Johnston
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Famous As: Diplomat, Academic, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury

David Johnston is a Canadian academic, author, and politician. He served as the governor-general of Canada from 2010 to 2017. He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Queen's University and pursued an academic career. Alongside his academic career, he also involved himself with politics and public service. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

 32 Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Andrew Scheer is a Canadian politician who served as leader of the Official Opposition from 2017 until 2020. At the young age of 32, he became the speaker of the House of Commons and held this role for the entirety of the 41st Canadian Parliament. He is considered pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He is a firearm owner and hunter. 

 33 Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean
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Famous As: Former Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman who became the first black person and Haitian Canadian to serve as Governor General of Canada, a position which she held from 2005 to 2010. In 2015, Jean became the first woman to serve as the secretary-general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, a position which she held until the end of 2018.

 34 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford

 35 Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay
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Famous As: Former Canadian Member of Parliament
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

 36 Jack Layton

Jack Layton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: August 22, 2011

Canadian politician John Layton was Member of the Canadian Parliament for Toronto—Danforth from 2004 till his death in 2011. He served as Leader of the New Democratic Party from January 2003 till his death and led the party to garner increased support in each election, in particular during the 2011 election following which Layton became Leader of the Opposition.   

 37 Christy Clark

Christy Clark
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Famous As: Politician, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnaby

 38 Dov Charney

Dov Charney
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

 39 Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 40 Paul Martin

Paul Martin
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Famous As: 21st Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

Though a qualified lawyer, Paul Martin never practiced law. He focused on business instead and purchased the domestic-freight carrier Canada Steamship Lines. He later joined the Liberal Party and also served as the prime minister of Canada. He has also received awards such as the Companion of the Order of Canada.

 41 Richard Li

Richard Li
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 42 Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Politician, Novelist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto

Distinguished Canadian author, academic and former politician Michael Ignatieff, who was named a Member of the Order of Canada, presently serves as rector and President of Central European University. Ignatieff made his mark in politics as Member of the Canadian Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition.

 43 Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Kathleen Wynne is a Canadian politician who took office as the 25th premier of Ontario in February 2013 and served for a term of five years. She is the first female premier of Ontario. During her tenure, she implemented reforms to increase the minimum wages and bring down the unemployment rate. She is openly lesbian. 

 44 Bob Rae

Bob Rae
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa

 45 Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson
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Famous As: 26th Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 46 Robert Borden

Robert Borden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Pré, Canada
Died: June 10, 1937

Robert Borden was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served as the eighth prime minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920. World War I started during his tenure, and he received much admiration for his leadership throughout the war. As the prime minister, he introduced women's suffrage for federal elections. 

 47 William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: August 28, 1861

 48 John Abbott

John Abbott
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 12, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St.-André-Est, Canada
Died: October 30, 1893

 49 William Avery Bishop

William Avery Bishop
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Famous As: Flying Ace
Birthdate: February 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
Died: September 11, 1956

 50 Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port Alberni, Canada