Murdo Martin

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Murdo Martin
Member of Parliament
for Timmins
In office
1957–1968
Preceded by Karl Eyre
Succeeded by Jean Roy
Personal details
Born May 17, 1917
Gould, Quebec
Died January 2, 1989(1989-01-02) (aged 71)
Timmins, Ontario
Political party Co-operative Commonwealth FederationNew Democratic Party
Profession firefighter

Murdo William Martin (May 17, 1917–January 2, 1989) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Gould, Quebec, Martin was a firefighter with the town of Timmins when he was elected to the House of Commons for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in the 1957 federal election. Martin, a caucus mate of Timiskaming MP Arnold Peters, elected the same year, went on to establish himself as a forceful and effective representative of the working people of the Timmins area.

He was one of only eight CCF MPs elected in the Diefenbaker landslide of 1958, and was re-elected in the general elections of 1962, 1963 and 1965. He sought re-election in 1968 and 1972 but was defeated by the Liberal candidate, Jean Roy. Martin was an advocate for assistance for the gold mines in the Porcupine camp. He also spoke against the arcane divorce laws that existed in Canada prior to 1968.

After leaving the House of Commons, Martin went on to serve as a city councillor for Timmins City Council. He was also a real estate broker and owned an operated the Parkview Motel in Timmins. He was married to Grace Mills. Martin died in Timmins in 1989.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Co-operative Commonwealth Murdo MARTIN 6,776
     Liberal Joseph J. EVANS 6,290
     Progressive Conservative Percy BOYCE 4,423
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Co-operative Commonwealth Murdo MARTIN 7,342
     Progressive Conservative Émile BRUNETTE 6,252
     Liberal Joseph J. EVANS 5,719
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     New Democratic Party Murdo MARTIN 8,834
     Liberal Émile CLÉMENT 5,439
     Progressive Conservative Mary GAUTHIER 4,676
     Social Credit Ralph R. FEAR 805
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     New Democratic Party Murdo MARTIN 8,452
     Liberal Leo DEL VILLANO 7,592
     Progressive Conservative Émile BRUNETTE 3,068
     Social Credit Clément LAROCHELLE 719
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     New Democratic Party Murdo MARTIN 10,071
     Liberal Elmer E. SMITH 6,456
     Progressive Conservative Bob KILLINGBECK 2,715
     Independent John James BUCHAN 100
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Jean ROY 11,141
     New Democratic Party Murdo MARTIN 8,807
     Progressive Conservative Wyman BREWER 2,118
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Jean ROY 10,804
     New Democratic Party Murdo MARTIN 9,819
     Progressive Conservative Bill HICKEY 2,997
     Social Credit John CORNELSEN 770

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