Neil Paterson (politician)

Neil Paterson (politician)

Neil Paterson is a politician, former leader of the Natural Law Party of Canada, a senior official of the Transcendental Meditation movement,[1] and majority owner of Global Gold Corporation.[2]


Personal life

He was born and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[3][4] Paterson received a doctorate from Maharishi European Research University.[5] He was living in The Glebe, a neighborhood of Ottawa, in the 1990s.[6] He later became "among the most well-known residents" of Salt Spring Island, a community near Vancouver Island.[1]

Natural Law Party

Paterson led the Natural Law Party of Canada through three elections including the 1993, 1997 and 2000 federal elections. According to a senior member, the high point of the party's history was when Paterson participated in a debate on MuchMusic in 1993.[7] Magician Doug Henning, was the most famous member of the party and many voters mistook Henning as the party leader instead of Paterson.[8] Paterson unsuccessfully sought election to the Canadian House of Commons in the Ottawa Centre electoral district, winning 328 votes in 1993, 211 in 1997, and 110 in 2000.[9]

TM movement

Paterson is a senior official of the Transcendental Meditation movement.[1] In political advertisements, Paterson was identified with the title, "Governor-General of the Age of Enlightenment for North America"[10]and has also used the title "Director of Financial Capital of Canada to Crown the Nation with Invincibility".[1] Paterson served as a director of the for-profit project, Maharishi Veda Land Canada, whose goal was to create a theme park near Niagara Falls, Ontario, and the chief administrator of Maharishi Heaven on Earth Development Corp., a company which owned Maharishi Veda Land Canada and other real estate ventures.[10] Patterson and others created the "Salt Spring Island Maharishi Invincibility Centre".[1]

Global Gold Corp.

Paterson owns 92% of Global Gold Corp while his brother, John Paterson, owned 8% and served as its president.[2][11] [12]Global Gold Corp owned "more than seven million shares, representing 16%" of Southwestern Resources Corp (SRC), and John Paterson was SRC's "president and chief executive".[2] John Paterson resigned from SRC in 2007 following a scandal regarding gold boring samples.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hutchinson, Brian (December 22, 2010). "Gold mine's results transcended belief; Mining executive faces charges over alleged swindle". National Post (Don Mills, Ont.): p. A.6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hoffman, Andy; Robertson, Grant (July 21, 2007). "Southwestern seeks answers from CEO". The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ont.): p. B.7.  The source says: "the Paterson brothers' Southwestern shares are held in a private Ontario company called Global Gold Corp. John Paterson is the company's president and owns 8.2 per cent of Global Gold while Neil Paterson owns 92 per cent, the documents said." "Confronted by his company's board, Mr. Paterson resigned as Southwestern's president and chief executive"
  3. ^ PARSONS, CHARLOTTE (August 21, 1993). "Heaven on Earth is party's main aim HIGH HOPES " Natural Law, its adherents say, offers cohesive brainwaves and a much better Canada". The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ont): p. A.13. 
  4. ^ Roth, R:The Natural Law Party:A Reason to Vote, page 285. St. Martin's Press, 1998
  5. ^ COBB, CHRIS (October 30, 1993). "Party of the flying yogics gets a free ride from the taxpayers". The Vancouver Sun: p. A.10. 
  6. ^ Aubry, Jack (November 15, 1993). "Fringe parties ready to try, try again". The Ottawa Citizen: p. A.3. 
  7. ^ Curry, Bill (January 27, 2004). "There's just no place in politics for us anymore, yogic flyers say". The Ottawa Citizen: p. A.4. 
  8. ^ "The Natural Law Party Poster and Pin" at Canadian Design Resource web site
  9. ^ "Southwestern seeks answers from CEO", Saturday's Globe and Mail Published Friday, Jul. 20, 2007
  11. ^ Blackwell, Richard Southwestern class action settled, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ont., September 11, 2008, pageB.4, Source says: "There could be additional funds added to the $15.5-million pool, if Southwestern recovers any money from a suit it has filed against Global Gold Corp., a company owned by Mr. Paterson and his brother"
  12. ^ Baines, David (September 11, 2008). "Company head left to pick up the tab in assay doctoring case". The Vancouver Sun.: p. C.3. 

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