MacKay, Robert Alexander
Robert Alexander MacKay, political scientist, diplomat (b in Victoria County, Ont 2 Jan 1894; d at Ottawa 25 Nov 1979). MacKay served overseas in WWI and studied at the University of Toronto and Princeton. Professor of government and political science at Dalhousie 1927-47, he also served on the Rowell-Sirois Commission on Federal-Provincial Relations. Wartime assistant in the Department of External Affairs, he rejoined the department in 1947.
In addition to his work as a negotiator of union with Newfoundland, he was deputy undersecretary, permanent representative to the UN (1955-58) and ambassador to Norway (1958-61). He taught political science at Carleton 1961-72. His publications include The Unreformed Senate of Canada (1926); with E.B. Rogers, Canada Looks Abroad (1939); and Documents on Canadian Foreign Policy 1945-1954 (1971).