Harvie André, politician (b at Edmonton, Alta 27 July 1940). Educated at the California Institute of Technology and University of Alberta (PhD 1963), Harvie André taught chemical engineering at the University of Calgary 1966-72. Elected to the House of Commons for Calgary in 1972, he was a key supporter of Joe CLARK'S
successful bid for the PC leadership in 1976.
A trusted Clark adviser thereafter, André was a vocal opponent of PETRO-CANADA and the NATIONAL ENERGY PROGRAM. He also developed an expertise on defence questions, pushing as Opposition defence critic for a stronger, better-equipped Canadian Armed Forces. He served as minister of supply and services in the MULRONEY government in 1984-85 and was associate minister of defence 1985-86.
A tough but relentlessly cheerful government spokesman, he was appointed minister of consumer and corporate affairs (1986-89) as well as minister responsible for Canada Post Corp in 1987. Re-elected to the House of Commons in 1988, Harvie André was named Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and Minister of State for Science (1989-90). On 6 March 1993 he announced his retirement from public life.