A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Thompson was born and raised in Monte Vista, Colorado. At the age 19 he tried out for the New York Yankees as a catcher, but failed to make the team due to Yogi Berra's dominance at the position. Years later in a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush, upon hearing of the tryout, Bush looked at Thompson's hands and guessed which position he played.
Thompson served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He moved to Canada in 1968 and became a citizen in 1974. For 23 years, Thompson was a high school teacher and then principal, and later became the mayor of Sundre, Alberta, serving from 1974 to 1980.
He is best known for wearing a cowboy hat.
While serving in opposition, he was harshly critical of the Liberal government. Issues he has focused on include:
Thompson has also been one of the loudest voices against former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s decision that Canada would not take part in the multinational force in Iraq and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In June 2007, Thompson announced that he would not be running for re-election.
His son, Dennis Thompson, who also has dual American-Canadian citizenship, enlisted in the U.S. army in 1996 and later served for a year in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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