|30th Mayor of Calgary|
October 22, 1969 – October 31, 1977
|Preceded by||Jack Leslie|
|Succeeded by||Ross Alger|
May 19, 1929|
James Rodney Winter "Rod" Sykes (born May 19, 1929) 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.
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.
He and his wife Gisèle (Deceased) have five children and fourteen grandchildren.
| Mayor of Calgary
|Party political offices|
Robert Curtis Clark
| Social Credit Party of Alberta Leader
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