Barry Mather

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Barry Mather
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for New Westminster
In office
September 1962 – June 1968
Preceded by William McLennan
Succeeded by Douglas Hogarth
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Surrey
In office
June 1968 – October 1972
Preceded by District was created in 1966
Succeeded by District changed name in 1971 to Surrey—White Rock
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Surrey—White Rock
In office
October 1972 – May 1974
Preceded by District changed name in 1971 from Surrey
Succeeded by Benno Friesen
Personal details
Born (1909-02-20)20 February 1909
Condor, Alberta, Canada
Died 30 March 1982(1982-03-30) (aged 73)
Nerja, Spain
Political party New Democratic Party
Profession journalist

Barry Mather (20 February 1909 – 30 March 1982) was a Canadian journalist, columnist, and politician.

Born in Condor, Alberta, he was a journalist for the Vancouver News Herald and a columnist with The Vancouver Sun before being elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1962 federal election for the British Columbia riding of New Westminster. A member of the New Democratic Party, he was re-elected in the 1963, 1965, 1968, and 1972 elections in the ridings of New Westminster, Surrey, and Surrey—White Rock.

In 1965, he was the first Member of Parliament to introduce a freedom of information bill as a private member’s bill. Although it didn't pass, he would re-introduce the same legislation in every parliamentary session between 1968 and 1974. In 1983, an Access to Information Act would finally be passed.[1] Mather was also one of the first parliamentarians to call for restrictions on the sale of cigarettes; in 1969, he called for a ban on all cigarette advertising.[2]

He was the co-author of the 1958 book, New Westminster, The Royal City. He was married to Camille Mather, a former Co-operative Commonwealth Federation member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the riding of Delta. They had two daughters: Mary and Jane.

He died of a heart attack during a vacation in Nerja in 1982.


  1. ^ Access to Information: Making it Work for Canadians Archived 8 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1969, p. 6; Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1969, p. 7.

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