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Broadbent, John Edward

Born: 1936 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Politician

1936 – He was born on the 21st of March in Oshawa, Ontario.

1975 – He was leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

1959 – Ed, the middle of three children, studied philosophy at University of Trinity College, graduating.

1961-1967 – He married Yvonne Yamaoka, a Japanese Canadian town planner whom he divorced.

1968 – He was a university professor when he ran and won election to the Canadian House of Commons from Oshawa-Whitby in the general election, defeating former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Michael Starr by fifteen votes.

1971 – He ran for the leadership of the party but lost to David Lewis at the NDP leadership convention.

1975 – He won the contest to succeed Lewis, and led the party through four elections.

1988 – He was not successful in translating this into an election victory in the federal election since the Liberals reaped most of the benefits from opposing free trade.

1989 – When Broadbent stepped down after 15 years as federal leader of the NDP, he was succeeded by Audrey McLaughlin.

         – Broadbent was director of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.

1993 – He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

2001 – He was promoted to Companion.

2005 – On the 4th of May, he announced that he would not seek re-election in the 39th Canadian federal election in order to spend time with his wife, Lucille, who was suffering from cancer.