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Gordon Harvey Aiken

In office
October 14, 1957 – September 1, 1972
Preceded by Wilfred McDonald
Succeeded by Stan Darling

Born September 26, 1918(1918-09-26)
Ripley, Ontario
Died February 12, 2000 (aged 81)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Alma mater Osgoode Hall Law School

Gordon Harvey Aiken (September 26, 1918 – February 12, 2000) was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician.

Born in Ripley, Ontario, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1940. He was an officer of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry during World War II serving in Europe. After the war, he practised law in Muskoka, Ontario and was a judge of the juvenile and family court from 1951 to 1956.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Parry Sound—Muskoka in the 1957 federal election. A Progressive Conservative, he was re-elected five times in the 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1968 federal elections. From 1963 to 1972, he was the opposition critic in relation to the environment and was deputy house leader from 1967 to 1970.

He wrote the book The Backbencher - Trials and Tribulations of a Member of Parliament (1974, McClelland and Stewart Limited, ISBN 0-7710-0056-1). He also wrote the book The Returning Officer, a historical novel set in Muskoka (RO Publishing, ISBN O-9691059-0-8).




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