James Edgar Walker

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James Edgar Walker
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for York Centre
In office
Preceded by Fred C. Stinson
Succeeded by Bob Kaplan
Personal details
Born (1911-07-21)July 21, 1911
Vegreville, Alberta
Died April 19, 1989(1989-04-19) (aged 77)
Political party Liberal

James Edgar Walker (July 21, 1911 – April 19, 1989) was a Canadian politician.


Born in Vegreville, Alberta, he attended the University of Alberta. After working as an insurance agent, he was transferred to Ontario in 1939 by the farm equipment company he was working for at the time. During World War II, he was a corporal with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. After the war, he worked in Toronto eventually starting his own insurance firm, James Walker Insurance Co. Limited, which he sold in 1959.

In 1953, he was elected to the City of North York Council. In 1958, he ran unsuccessfully for reeve.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of York Centre in the 1962 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1963, 1965, 1968, and 1972. From 1963 to 1965, he was the Chief Government Whip. From 1966 to 1968, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue. In 1968, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. From 1968 to 1970, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

After leaving politics, he was a Citizenship Judge.

He was married to Mona and they had three children; James, Virginia, John; his second marriage was to Lillian.


  • Donn Downey (April 21, 1989). "James Edgar Walker Seen as peacemaker, MP was Trudeau aide". The Globe and Mail. 

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