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Frank Moores

Frank Duff Moores
2nd Premier of Newfoundland
In office
January 18, 1972 – March 26, 1979
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Ewart Harnum
Gordon A. Winter
Preceded by Joey Smallwood
Succeeded by Brian Peckford
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Humber West
In office
October 28, 1971 – June 18, 1979
Preceded by Joey Smallwood
Succeeded by Ray Baird
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
In office
June 25, 1968 – September 17, 1971
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Dave Rooney
Personal details
Born (1933-02-18)February 18, 1933
Carbonear, Newfoundland
Died July 10, 2005(2005-07-10) (aged 72)
Perth, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
Spouse(s) Dorothy Pain
Janis Johnson
Cabinet Minister of Fisheries (1972)

Frank Duff Moores (February 18, 1933 – July 10, 2005) served as the second Premier of Newfoundland. He served as leader of the Progressive Conservatives from 1972 until his retirement in 1979.


  • Early life 1
  • Politics 2
  • After politics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, he was educated at St. Andrew's College (Aurora, Ontario). Moores then briefly attended Boston University, but left after two months to return to Newfoundland, where he worked in a fish plant. His father was a wealthy businessman in that industry.[1]


Moores was first elected in 1968 to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative. In 1970, he became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland, and was asked to form a government in January 1972, several months following the October 1971 election that resulted in a near tie between Joey Smallwood's Liberals and the Tories.

As Premier, Moores advocated rural development and provincial control of natural resources as well as economic development.

After politics

He left politics in 1979 to re-enter business and became a leadership campaign for Brian Mulroney.[2] He served as an adviser to Mulroney while he was Prime Minister of Canada, and was appointed to the Board of Air Canada, then a Crown Corporation. At the time, he was also working for Government Consultants International (GCI), a powerful Ottawa-based international lobbying firm, which had as clients at the time the airline firms Wardair and Nordair, which were competitors of Air Canada. Over accusations of conflict of interest, GCI then gave up Wardair and Nordair as clients. He resigned his Air Canada directorship shortly after GCI took on the Airbus file.[3]

In 1987, he became the chairman of GCI. In the 1990s, he regained prominence through his alleged role in the Airbus affair.

On July 10, 2005, Moores died of liver cancer in Perth, Ontario.[4][5]

In November 2007, in the wake of new revelations about the Airbus affair by Karlheinz Schreiber, The Globe and Mail published evidence indicating that Moores had written a letter about the Airbus deal to Franz Josef Strauss, chairman of Airbus Industrie. Until his death Moores denied having any involvement in the affair.[6]


  1. ^ The Insiders, by John Sawatsky, 1987
  2. ^ Brian Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition, by John Sawatsky, 1991
  3. ^ The Insiders, by John Sawatsky, 1987; On The Take, by Stevie Cameron, 1994)
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  5. ^ "Former Newfoundland premier Frank Moores dies". CBC News. July 10, 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  6. ^ McArthur, Greg (2007-11-14). "Despite denials, Moores worked on Airbus file". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2015-06-07. 

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