|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Archibald McCoig|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Dew Chaplin|
|Senator for Parkdale, Ontario|
|Appointed by||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
August 15, 1871|
|Died||May 15, 1949(aged 77)|
|Cabinet||Minister of Labour (1921-1925)|
|Committees||Chair, Standing Committee on Immigration and Labour (1945-1947)|
Born in Brighton, England, Murdock first ran for the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal candidate in the 1921 federal election in the Ontario riding of Toronto South. Although defeated, he was appointed Minister of Labour in the cabinet of Mackenzie King shortly after the election. The current MP in the riding of Kent, Archibald McCoig, gave up his seat and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1922. Murdock was acclaimed to this seat in the resulting 1922 by-election.
While Minister of Labour in 1923, Murdock was embroiled in controversy after he withdrew funds from the Home Bank a day or two before its collapse based on information he obtained as a member of the Cabinet.
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