Richard Holden (politician)
|Richard B. Holden|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Westmount-Saint-Georges|
|Born||July 7, 1931|
|Died||September 18, 2005
Marché Atwater apartment, Montreal
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Children||Arthur, Christopher, Caroline|
|Occupation||Politician and lawyer|
Richard B. Holden (7 July 1931 – September 18, 2005) was a lawyer and member of the provincial legislature of Quebec, Canada. An obituary describes him as cynical and self-deprecating, a boulevardier and a maverick.
Holden's father was an engineer; his grandfather found fortune with a company that procured boots for soldiers during World War I . Holden studied law at McGill University and the Université de Montréal and political science at the Universite de Grenoble.
He divorced Helene Papachristidis in 1981. He was survived by children Christopher, Arthur, and Caroline.
Holden first entered politics running as an independent candidate in the district of Westmount-Saint-Georges in 1962. He stood opposed to Hydro-Québec's nationalization. He finished second, ahead of the Union Nationale candidate.
He was elected to the legislature in the 1989 election in Westmount as a candidate of the federalist, English-rights Equality Party, but was expelled from the party caucus for balking at party discipline.
After briefly sitting as an independent, he shocked his predominantly English-speaking constituents when he crossed the floor to join the sovereigntist Parti Québécois (PQ) in 1992. Holden's brother, Rodney, stopped speaking to him and threatened to change his name as a result of the defection.
Holden ran in the neighbouring Verdun riding in the 1994 election as a PQ candidate. However, Verdun was as strongly federalist as his old riding, and he was heavily defeated. After the election, the PQ government appointed Holden to the province's rental housing board, on which he served until 1999.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- © The Gazette (Montreal) 2005. "Richard Holden on DTNicholson's". Wednesday-night.com. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
- Le Canal Nouvelles (2005-09-20). "L'ancien député Richard Holden s'enlève la vie" (in French). Retrieved 2008-09-13.
|National Assembly of Quebec|
Richard French (Liberal)
|MNA for Westmount
District merged with Saint-Louis
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