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John Angus (born March 3, 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a city councillor in Winnipeg from 1977 to 1988, and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1988 to 1990. He returned to the Winnipeg city council in 1992, and is still a member of that body as of 2004.
Angus was educated at the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Institute of Technology . He has served as an Executive Member of the Winnipeg Business Development Corporation, and was for a time the Vice President of Comcheq, a national Canadian company providing computerized payroll services. He now owns an international software company and a real estate firm, as well as with holding a broker's license.
He was elected to the Winnipeg council for St. Norbert ward (at the city's southern tip) in 1977, and reached the office of Deputy Mayor in 1986. During his early years on the city council, he was associated with the now-defunct Independent Citizen's Election Committee , a right-wing organization which generally represented the interests of the city's developers and suburban residents. In the provincial election of 1988, he was elected to the provincial legislature for St. Norbert as a Liberal, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Gerry Mercier by 388 votes.
The Liberals increased their parliamentary representation from one to twenty in this election, and Angus sat as a member of the official opposition for the next two years. During his time in parliament, he argued that the Public Utilities Board should be granted greater review powers over Manitoba Hydro.
Angus was re-elected to the city council in 1992. He supports the gradual elimination of the city's business tax, and the immediate elimination of city taxes on arts and amusement. He entered the race for Mayor of Winnipeg in 1998, but withdrew before election day. Angus was endorsed by federal MP Reg Alcock in 2002.
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