Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, son of Carmelo and
Maria nee' Ross, was born in Cospicua on 8 November 1932. He
was educated at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta.
He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1952 and as a Doctor of
Laws in 1955. As a lawyer, Dr Mifsud Bonnici practised in all
the Law Courts of Malta. On 3 May 1959 he married Gemma nee'
Bianco. They have three children: Carmelo, Anton and Jeanne-Pia.
Following in his father's footsteps, he contested the
General Elections in the interests of the Nationalist Party in
1966. He was elected from the 2nd District which comprised
Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Kalkara and Fgura. He has been
re-elected in all subsequent General Elections. For fifteen
years (1972-1987) he was the Nationalist Party's spokesman
for Education. In 1977 he was also elected President of the
Party's General and Administrative Councils.
In 1987 the Nationalist Party was elected to Government and
Dr Mifsud Bonnici was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of
Education. His portfolio included Education, Environment,
Broadcasting, Culture, Youth, Museums and Sport. In 1990 he
became Minister of Education and the Interior. Following the
1992 elections Dr Mifsud Bonnici was appointed Minister of
Education and Human Resources.
As a Member of Parliament, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici took an
active interest in the updating of Malta's legislation. He
was a member of numerous Select Committees including the
Committee set up to draft the Constitutional changes that
declared Malta a Republic.
As a Minister, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici worked on the drafting
of important legislation such as the Education Act, the
Environment Act, the National Archives Act and the
Occupational Health and Safety Promotion Act.
Notwithstanding his commitments, Dr Mifsud Bonnici is a
prolific writer. His articles have appeared in various
newspapers and some of them were published in two books: Il-Linja
it-Tajba - L-Ahjar Artikli ta' Dottor Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
and Biex il-Futur Rega' Beda. He also spent some
years as editor of a literary magazine Malta Letterarja.