Al McDonald

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Al McDonald
42nd Mayor of North Bay, Ontario
In office
December 1, 2010 – November 15, 2022
Preceded byVic Fedeli
Succeeded byPeter Chirico
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byMike Harris
Succeeded byMonique Smith
Personal details
BornMarville, France
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Residence(s)North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Al McDonald is a politician in Ontario, Canada, who was mayor of North Bay, Ontario from 2010 to 2022. He was previously a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2002 to 2003, and ran unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2004 federal election.


McDonald was born in Marville, France.[1]


McDonald was politically active on North Bay City Council before entering provincial politics, serving as the deputy mayor of that city for a time. He also served on the North Bay Economic Development Commission, the North Bay Police Services Board, and other local programs.

When former Premier Mike Harris resigned as the member for Nipissing in early 2002, McDonald won the Progressive Conservative nomination to replace him. In a by-election held on May 2, 2002, he defeated Liberal candidate George Maroosis, also a city councillor, by 19 votes, as confirmed by a recount.[2] McDonald served as a backbench supporter of new Premier Ernie Eves.

His tenure in office was brief. The Liberals won a majority government in the provincial election of 2003, and McDonald lost his seat to Liberal candidate Monique Smith by about 3,000 votes.[3]

In the federal election of 2004, McDonald ran for the Conservatives in the redistributed riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming, but lost to Liberal Anthony Rota by 2,253 votes.[4]

On August 26, 2010 McDonald announced his intention to run for mayor of North Bay in the 2010 municipal election.[5] He won 87 per cent of the vote on election day over challengers Valerie Chadbourne and Harvey Villneff.[6] He was elected to a second term as mayor in the 2014 municipal election.

Electoral record

North Bay mayoral election, 2010
Candidate Votes %
Al McDonald 13,708 86.62
Valerie Chadbourne 1,549 9.79
Harvey Villneff 569 3.60
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Anthony Rota 18,254 42.3%
Conservative Al McDonald 16,001 37.1%
New Democratic Dave Fluri 7,354 17.0%
Green Les Wilcox 1,329 3.1%
Canadian Action Ross MacLean 204 0.5%
Total valid votes 43,142 100%
Total rejected ballots 222
Turnout 43,364 62.4%
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Monique Smith 18,003 49.84 +6.70
Progressive Conservative Al McDonald 14,978 41.47 -8.95
New Democratic Terry O'Connor 2,613 7.23 +2.37
Green Jaimie Board 528 1.46 +0.51
Nipissing by-election, May 2, 2002 (resignation of Mike Harris)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Al McDonald 13,989 45.54 -4.88
Liberal George Maroosis 13,970 45.48 +2.34
New Democratic Wendy Young 1,821 5.93 +1.07
Green Todd Lucier 940 3.06 +2.11


  1. ^ "City Council Biography - Inside City Hall - City of North Bay". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ "Recount confirms Tory won Nipissing byelection". The Windsor Star. May 16, 2002. p. B1.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  4. ^ "Nipissing - Timiskaming - Canada Votes". 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  5. ^ "McDonald credits existing council". North Bay Nugget. August 30, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "McDonald in a landslide". North Bay Nugget. October 26, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012.

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