Kenneth Bolton

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Kenneth Bolton
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Neil Olde
Succeeded by Bob Eaton
Constituency Middlesex South
Personal details
Born 1907
Birmingham, England
Died May 1, 1996(1996-05-01) (aged 89)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Lucy
Children 5
Profession Priest

Kenneth Charles Bolton (1907– May 1, 1996) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1969 to 1971 representing the riding of Middlesex South. Other than his two years as MPP, he was an Anglican priest and archdeacon serving in Ontario and British Columbia.


Born in Birmingham, England, Bolton immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg in 1925. He studied arts and theology at St. John's College, where he studied for the ministry and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1932.[1] He served as a minister throughout Canada and was later chaplain of Huron University College and associate professor of pastoral theology at the University of Western Ontario as well as Archdeacon of Bishop Cronyn Memorial Anglican Church in London, Ontario.

Bolton was active in social justice causes with groups such as Oxfam and Amnesty International.[2]


He was elected to the legislature in a 1969 by-election. The victory was a surprise coming in an area where the NDP did not traditionally win seats. His campaign was a struggle which was complicated because of traffic accident three month before the by-election in which he broke several bones.[3] His victory was credited to campaigning on the issue of Medicare at a time when the Progressive Conservative government of John Robarts was reluctant to join the plan. His victory is credited with successfully pressuring the government to agree to bring the province into the plan.[2]

As an MPP he was correctional services critic. He was defeated in the 1971 general election by Robert G. Eaton after serving in office for two years.[4]

His son, Kenneth, ran for the NDP in the 2008 federal election in the riding of Yukon. He finished fourth.

Later life[edit]

In 1971, he became a missionary in the Windward Islands in the West Indies. He also served for a short time in 1975 as acting secretary of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.[1]

Later, he assisted at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church in London, Ontario before moving to British Columbia in 1995 to be closer to his children. He died of heart failure during a flight from London, England to Vancouver, BC.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b "Archdeacon Bolton dies (Obituary)". Anglican Journal. 122 (6): 5. June 1996. 
  2. ^ a b c "Transcript of Debates: Kenneth Bolton". Legislative Assembly of Ontario,. May 6, 1996. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Geoffrey (September 19, 1969). "Bolton wins easily: NDP upsets Tories in Middlesex South". The Globe and Mail. pp. 1,4. 
  4. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "Kenneth Charles Bolton (obituary notice)". The Globe and Mail. May 6, 1996. p. D5. 

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