- Aideen Nicholson
Aideen Nicholson (born
April 29 1927) is a former Canadian politician.
Nicholson was born in
Dublin, Ireland. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and later at the London School of Economics.
A social worker by profession, Nicholson worked at the
Hospital for Sick Childrenin Toronto, taught at George Brown Community Collegeand the University of Torontoand also worked at Ontario Correctional Services and as a founding member of the Ontario Commission on the Status of Women.
She entered politics in the 1974 federal election, defeating
Paul Hellyerin the riding of Trinity in Torontoand was re-elected three times as a Liberal. She served as parliamentary secretary for several years and was on the Liberal front benchafter the party entered the opposition as a result of the 1984 federal election. She served as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee from 1984 through 1987.
Due to redistribution, her riding disappeared prior to the 1988 election, and she decided to seek the Liberal nomination in St. Paul's riding, which was held by Progressive Conservative cabinet minister
Barbara McDougall. The nomination was contested by Paul Hellyer, whom Nicholson had defeated when he ran as a Tory in 1974 but who had rejoined the Liberals in 1982. Nicholson defeated Hellyer for the Liberal nomination, but was unable to defeat McDougall in the general election. She subsequently was appointed to the Immigration Review Board [http://www.parl.gc.ca/35/Archives/committees352/cits/evidence/22_96-06-18/cits22_blk101.html]
In 2003, Nicholson was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians [http://www.exparl.ca/rec2003_e.shtml] .
* [http://www.vindicator.ca/In_Memorys_Eye/4_Honourable_Members_2.asp In Memory's Eye: Recollections of Canadian politicians] by John Ward, editor of "
Hansard" for several decades.
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