Neil Young (politician)

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Neil Young
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Beaches-Woodbine
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Maria Minna
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Beaches
In office
Preceded by Robin Richardson
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1936-08-28)August 28, 1936
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died March 7, 2015(2015-03-07) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Vivien
Children 4
Profession Machinist, consultant

Neil Young (August 28, 1936 – March 7, 2015) was a Canadian politician. He was a New Democratic member of the Canadian parliament from 1980 to 1993. He represented the downtown Toronto ridings of Beaches and Beaches-Woodbine.


Young was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1936. He emigrated to Canada in the 1950s and worked as a machinist in the electrical industry. He later became an organizer for the United Electrical Workers Union. After leaving politics he worked as a consultant on people with disabilities. He and his wife Vivien raised four children.[1] He died on March 7, 2015 in Toronto.[1]


He ran unsuccessfully for Toronto City Council's Ward 9 in 1976. He came in 6th place behind winners Pat Sheppard and Tom Wardle Jr.[2] In a closely contested nomination race, he won the NDP nomination for the Beaches federal electoral district by two votes in 1977.[3] In the federal election of 1979 he lost narrowly to Progressive Conservative candidate Robin Richardson by 518 votes. The PC's won and Richardson served in the short lived Joe Clark minority government.[4] In 1980, Young faced Richardson again, this time defeating him by 1,496 votes.[5] He represented the electoral districts of Beaches from 1980 to 1988, and Beaches—Woodbine from 1988 to 1993, in the House of Commons of Canada as a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Young served as the NDP critic on several portfolios such as pensions and veteran's affairs. He was the party's whip from 1981 to 1984.

He was defeated in the 1993 election by Liberal Party of Canada candidate Maria Minna.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Neil Young". Canadian obituaries. March 7, 2015. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Voting Results". Toronto Star. December 7, 1976. p. A11. 
  3. ^ York, Marty (November 26, 1977). "Brewin ends long career, heir picked". The Globe and Mail. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Counting the votes: The Liberals watch from their Quebec Conservatives sweep most of the West". The Globe and Mail. May 24, 1979. pp. 10–11. 
  5. ^ "Federal general election results listed riding-by-riding". The Ottawa Citizen. February 19, 1987. pp. 29–30. 
  6. ^ "Results may be more complete than as published Riding-by-riding results from across Canada Ontario Algoma". Toronto Star. October 26, 1993. p. B10. 

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