A.W. Johnson
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A.W. Johnson
Albert Wesley Johnson
Albert Wesley Johnson.jpg
Born(1923-10-18)October 18, 1923
DiedNovember 9, 2010(2010-11-09) (aged 87)
NationalityCanadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Harvard University
OccupationPublic servant, Civil servant
AwardsOrder of Canada

Albert Wesley ("Al") Johnson, (October 18, 1923 – November 9, 2010) was a Canadian civil servant, former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, professor in the department of political science at the University of Toronto, and author.[1]

Born in Insinger, Saskatchewan, he received a Master's in public administration (MPA) from the University of Toronto and an MPA and a PhD from Harvard University. He was deputy treasurer of Saskatchewan from 1952 until 1964. Johnson was one of the key figures in the development of universal medicare, first in Saskatchewan in the governments of Premier Tommy Douglas and Premier Woodrow Lloyd and subsequently at the national level.[2] In 1964 he became assistant deputy minister of finance for the federal government. From 1975 until 1982 he was president of the CBC. He subsequently taught at Queen's University and the University of Toronto.[1]

Albert Wesley Johnson ca. 1950, photograph by Myrtle E. Hardy.

In 1980 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1996 in recognition of his "outstanding career as a public servant, university professor and consultant on post-secondary education, social policy and public management both nationally and internationally".[3]

Johnson wrote the 2004 book Dream No Little Dreams, A Biography of the Douglas Government of Saskatchewan, 1944-1961 (ISBN 0-8020-8633-0)[1] for which he was awarded the Canadian Political Science Association's Donald Smiley Prize in 2005.[4]

After leaving the federal civil service he embarked on an international career:[5]

  • Special Advisor on National Provincial Fiscal Arrangements for the International Monetary Fund 1988
  • Head of Mission on Administrative Modernization for the Canadian International Development Agency 1991
  • Senior advisor to South Africa/Canada Program on Governance 1992
  • Commissioner of South Africa's Presidential Review Commission on the Public Service 1996

Returning to Canada in 1999, Johnson became special chair in public policy to the Government of Saskatchewan.[5]

Johnson died in Ottawa at age 87. He was survived by his wife, Ruth (née Hardy), whom he married in 1946, four children and one granddaughter.[6]

CBC Years

During Johnson's years as President of the CBC, his chief goal was Canadianization of the airwaves, by increasing the quality and quantity of Canadian radio and television programming.[7]

Awards and honours

References

  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth Lumley (2004). Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ "Making Medicare".
  3. ^ "Order of Canada citation".
  4. ^ "Donald Smiley Prize". Canadian Political Science Association. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Andrew T.W. "About Al Johnson - Biography". Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Former CBC president Al Johnson dies". CBC News. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Nash, Knowlton (1994). The microphone wars : a history of triumph and betrayal at the CBC. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. pp. 422. ISBN 0771067127.
Government offices
Preceded by
Laurent Picard
President of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1975–1982
Succeeded by
Pierre Juneau



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