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Ed Broadbent
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    (March 21, 1936- )
    Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    Born John Edward Broadbent
    Member of the Canadian Parliament for riding of Oshawa-Whitby (1968–1979), Oshawa (1979–1989) and Ottawa Center (2004–2005)
    Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (July 7, 1975–December 4, 1989)
    Queen’s Privy Council member
    Companion of the Order of Canada
    Founder of the Broadbent Institute (2011)
    He loves cigars and fast cars.
    He was initially less interested in Canadian politics than in American politics — particularly with concern to Eisenhower.
    Because his father was an alcoholic (which got him fired as a grocery wholesaler in 1950), young Ed held his Boy Scout leader up as a role model.
    While he grew up in a union-oriented company area, he did not come by his political ambitions through his conservative parents.
    He marked his early days as a Minister of Parliament with practical jokes.
    A fan of classical music, he hung pictures of Maria Callas in his office.
    In an attempt to drive out Stephen Harper, he joined forces with former Prime Minister Jean Chretien to set up an alliance between the Liberals and the NDP, with the support of the Bloc québécois (November 2008).
    As a paperboy, he won a trip to Parliament Hill, where he posed alongside the Conservative cabinet minister (and former mayor) he would eventually go on to best by just over 100 votes — and in another election by just over 800.
    He was a fan of John Stuart Mill’s work.
    He was the first leader of the NDP to lead all parties in public opinion polling, in the 1984 Federal election; some pundits suggested he could have led the official opposition.
    He returned to politics on grounds of ‘the deepening of equality in Canada’ and won the Ottawa Center seat in the 2004 election.
    In order to support his cancer-stricken second wife, he announced he would not seek re-election in the 2006 federal election (she died that November).
    Despite widespread disapproval within party ranks, he was a staunch endorser of Jack Layton, who would eventually take the party to official opposition status almost four months before his death.
    John Diefenbaker said of him, ‘You know, some fellows grow in this business and some fellows swell. That fellow growed.’

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