Alistair MacGregor

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Alistair MacGregor

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJean Crowder
Personal details
BornVictoria, British Columbia
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceDuncan, British Columbia
Alma materUniversity of Victoria
Royal Roads University
ProfessionExecutive Assistant

Alistair Bruce MacGregor MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election to represent the electoral district of Cowichan—Malahat—Langford. He is a member of the New Democratic Party. During the 42nd Canadian Parliament, MacGregor sponsored three private member bills, though none reached second reading stage: Bill 252 to add Shawnigan Lake to the list of navigable waters regulated under the Navigation Protection Act, Bill C-279 to limit federal election campaigns to a maximum of 46 days, Bill C-430 to create an organic farming tax credit.

Prior to his election to the House of Commons, MacGregor worked as a constituency assistant to Member of Parliament Jean Crowder. He also previously worked as a tree-planting supervisor and a millworker. He holds a BA from the University of Victoria and an MA from Royal Roads University.


Alistair MacGregor was born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in Duncan where he attended Cowichan Secondary School. While working summers as a tree planter, he graduated from University of Victoria in 2003 with Bachelor of Arts, and subsequently from Royal Roads University in 2008 with a Masters of Arts with a focus in professional communication. In 2007 he had moved to Duncan where he began working as the constituency assistant to Member of Parliament Jean Crowder, who had offices in both Duncan and Nanaimo. There he married and fathered twin girls. Upon Crowder's retirement, MacGregor entered the NDP nomination race to select a candidate for the upcoming 2015 federal election in the new Cowichan—Malahat—Langford riding. In the January 2015 nomination election, the 35 year old MacGregor was selected over five other candidates.[1]

With the 2015 federal election approaching, the other parties also nominated candidates and the NDP leader Tom Mulcair visited the riding during his tour of Vancouver Island. The Conservative Party nominated North Cowichan councillor John Koury but he withdrew from the race less than two months before the election citing family issues and he was replaced by chiropractor Martin Barker from Duncan.[2] Likewise the Liberal Party originally nominated Langford small business owner Maria Manna but she was replaced by former RCMP officer Luke Krayenhoff of Saanich after Manna withdrew due to a controversy regarding previous comments posted on Facebook.[3] Despite an unexpected surge for the Liberal Party, MacGregor won the riding in line with pre-election polls that projected a NDP victory.[4] While he won his riding, MacGregor's NDP lost seats nationally and fell to third party status, with the Liberal Party forming a majority government.[5]

On January 31, 2018, MacGregor was named the NDP's critic for Agriculture and Agri-food, and serves as the vice-chair of the parliamentary standing committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.[6]

42nd Parliament[edit]

As the 42nd Canadian Parliament began, NDP leader Mulcair appointed MacGregor to be the party's critic for seniors and its deputy critic for heritage.[7] He was also appointed to sit on the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. MacGregor opened a constituency office in Langford and later one in Duncan.[8] On March 10, 2016, he introduced his first private member bill, Bill-252, which would have added Shawnigan Lake to the list of navigable waters regulated under the Navigation Protection Act, in response to the previous parliament's Jobs and Growth Act which had removed it. On May 31, 2016, he introduced his another private member bill, Bill C-279, which would amend to the Canada Elections Act to insert a maximum duration of 46 days for an election period. This bill was in response to the 2015 election campaign which lasted 78 days, the longest in Canadian history, and which MaGregor viewed as unfairly favouring the most well-funded political parties.[9] MacGregor held a series of town hall meetings in his riding to hear views on electoral reform and to promote the private member bill.[10] In February 2017 Mulcair reassigned MacGregor to be the party's critic for Justice and in this role he held the party's stance that marihuana possession should be decriminalized during the process of its legalization.[11] After Mulcair's resignation, MacGregor endorsed Jagmeet Singh in the 2017 leadership election.[12] Following Singh's victory, he reassigned MacGregor to be the party's deputy critic for Justice and Heritage.

On February 21, 2019, MacGregor introduced bill C-430 that would have amended the Income Tax Act to create a organic farming tax credit.[13]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Cowichan—Malahat—Langford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Alistair MacGregor 22,200 35.94 -7.65 $104,734.63
Liberal Luke Krayenhoff 14,685 23.77 +17.97 $18,683.24
Conservative Martin Barker 14,091 22.81 -20.25 $77,247.07
Green Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi 10,462 16.93 +9.71 $99,481.30
Marxist–Leninist Alastair Haythornthwaite 340 0.55
Total valid votes/Expense limit 61,778 100.00   $214,942.07
Total rejected ballots 230 0.37
Turnout 62,008 75.72
Eligible voters 81,888
New Democratic hold Swing -12.81
Source: Elections Canada[14][15][16]


  1. ^ McKinley, John (January 28, 2015). "NDP selects Crowder's right hand to carry the torch". Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. Duncan, British Columbia.
  2. ^ McLachlan, Drew (September 2, 2015). "Local candidates take on seniors issues ahead of election". Lake Cowichan Gazette. Lake Cowichan.
  3. ^ "Five Candidates". Times Colonist. Victoria. October 11, 2015. p. D3.
  4. ^ Harnett, Cindy (May 21, 2015). "NDP leads poll of three Island ridings; Phone survey commissioned by Dogwood Initiative, oil-tanker traffic opponents". Times Colonist. Victoria. p. A4.
  5. ^ Shaw, Rob (19 October 2015). "Southern Vancouver Island: New Democrats hold off Green wave". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  6. ^ "NDP completes its shadow cabinet shuffle". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Local MPs in NDP shadow cabinet". The Ladysmith - Chemainus Chronicle. Ladysmith, British Columbia. November 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Lim, Arnold (May 26, 2016). "New ridings MP, Alistair MacGregor, opens up shop in Langford". Goldstream Gazette. Langford, British Columbia.
  9. ^ Rondeau, Andrea (June 7, 2016). "No more marathon election periods, please". Lake Cowichan Gazette. Lake Cowichan.
  10. ^ "Pair of community events on West Shore". Goldstream Gazette. Langford, British Columbia. September 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Forrest, Maura (June 3, 2017). "Thousands still face marijuana charges; Legalization; 2,000 convicted since Liberals elected in 2015". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta. p. N3.
  12. ^ "Jagmeet Singh leadership bid attracting political and financial support". The Brampton Guardian. Brampton, Ontario. August 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Bodger, Don (February 22, 2019). "Chemainus Secondary students' bill brought to fruition". Chemainus Valley Courier. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Official Voting Results - Cowichan—Malahat—Langford
  16. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.

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