Rod Sykes

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Rod Sykes
30th Mayor of Calgary
In office
October 22, 1969 – October 31, 1977
Preceded by Jack Leslie
Succeeded by Ross Alger
Personal details
Born (1929-05-19) May 19, 1929 (age 89)
Montreal, Quebec

James Rodney Winter "Rod" Sykes (born May 19, 1929)[1] is a Canadian politician. He served as the 30th Mayor of Calgary from 1969 to 1977 and as leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party from 1980 to 1982. Sykes quit as party leader in 1982, frustrated by Social Credit's internal and financial problems.

Early life[edit]

Sykes was born in 1929 in Montreal, Quebec, and was primarily raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended Sir George Williams University in Montreal. He also has a sister, Anne, who lives in Victoria.


In 1984, he was nominated by Alan Clarke, Calgary East Federal Liberal Riding Association Vice President, to run for the Liberal Party for a seat in the House of Commons, in the former riding of Calgary East. At the time this was the largest riding in Canada.

Sykes was acclaimed at a nomination meeting with over six-hundred members in attendance. Despite being the only Liberal candidate endorsed by the Calgary Sun that year, he lost to Progressive Conservative Alex Kindy in the general election.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Gisèle (Deceased) have five children and fourteen grandchildren.

Sykes was a long-time friend of professional wrestler and promoter Stu Hart.[2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Leslie
Mayor of Calgary
Succeeded by
Ross Alger
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Curtis Clark
Social Credit Party of Alberta Leader
Succeeded by
Martin Hattersley