Ties to China

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Af­ter the war, Mac­Donell went back to fin­ish high school, and got his BA at the Univer­sity of Toronto. He mar­ried Mar­garet Telford, a young pro­fes­sor at the school, while he stud­ied there for his MA. They had a son and a daugh­ter, and she died two years ago.

When he was study­ing for his MA, MacDon­nell wrote a term pa­per about the la­bor re­la­tions of Cana­dian Gen­eral Elec­tric (CGE). It caught the at­ten­tion of H.M. Turner, then the pres­i­dent of the com­pany, which led to Mac­Donell be­ing hired in 1950 and spend­ing 20 years in its man­age­ment ranks, dur­ing which he be­came vice-pres­i­dent.

He re­tired from CGE in 1970 and then worked for other com­pa­nies be­fore be­ing ap­pointed On­tario’s deputy min­is­ter of In­dus­try, Trade and Tech­nol­ogy in 1984.

In the early ‘ 80s, Mac­Donell be­lieved then that China would be a great ex­port mar­ket for On­tario

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