- David James Walker
David James Walker Member of the Canadian Parliament
Preceded by Charles Henry Succeeded by Donald Stovel Macdonald Senator from Ontario In office
Personal details Born May 10, 1905
Died September 22, 1995(aged 90) Political party Progressive Conservative Cabinet • Minister of Public Works
• Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
• Minister responsible for National Capital Commission
Portfolio Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was educated at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1931. He started his own law firm after serving four years as a special Crown prosecutor.
He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the Toronto riding of Rosedale in the 1957 election after first losing the 1953 election. A Progressive Conservative, he was re-elected in 1958 but was defeated in 1962. From 1957 to 1958, he was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. From 1959 to 1962, he was the Minister responsible for National Capital Commission, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Minister of Public Works in the cabinet of John Diefenbaker.
A long time friend of John Diefenbaker, he was Diefenbaker's best man at his second wedding to Olive Diefenbaker in 1953. As well, he nominated Diefenbaker for leadership at the 1942 Winnipeg Progressive Conservative leadership convention and was his campaign manager in 1948. In 1963, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Toronto. He resigned in 1989.
Walker opposed Pierre Elliott Trudeau's proposed Senate reforms in 1969.
He published his memoirs Fun Along the Way: Memoirs of Dave Walker in 1989.
He was married to Elizabeth and had three children: David, Joyce and Diane.
- ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1969, p. 9. The reforms included term limits and the right of provinces to appoint some Senators.
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- "David James Walker Diefenbaker confidant became a senator". The Globe and Mail. September 23, 1995.
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