Rutherford Lester Whiting

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Rud Whiting
In office
Preceded by Harry Harley
Succeeded by Terry O'Connor
Constituency Halton
Personal details
Born Rutherford Lester Whiting
(1930-07-30)July 30, 1930
Montreal, Quebec
Died February 13, 2014(2014-02-13) (aged 83)
Ridgeway, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Profession Sales

Rutherford "Rud" Lester Whiting (July 30, 1930 – February 13, 2014) was a Canadian politician, who was the Liberal member of parliament for the riding of Halton from 1968 until 1972.

Political career[edit]

When Harry Harley, Halton's incumbent MP, decided not to stand for reelection in the 1968 general election,[1] Whiting (who was already on the riding party executive)[1] decided to contest the party nomination, and eventually won by two votes over Oakville Mayor MacLean Anderson on the fourth ballot.[2] He became MP in the subsequent election.[3]

He was defeated by Terry O'Connor of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1972 general election.[4]

In 1985, Whiting attempted to reenter politics at the local level by campaigning for a Regional Councillor seat for Ward 4 in Halton Hills, but was defeated by the incumbent Marilyn Sarjeantson.[5]

Whiting was later a marketing manager for a land developer, and subsequently became a real estate agent.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Terry O'Connor 22,640 43.7 +9.7
Liberal Rud L. Whiting 20,419 39.4 -8.7
New Democratic Carolyn Holstein 8,725 16.8 -1.0
Total valid votes 51,784 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rud L. Whiting 17,837 48.1 +0.3
Progressive Conservative Peter McWilliams 12,614 34.0 +2.9
New Democratic Murray Kernighan 6,606 17.8 -2.6
Total valid votes 37,057 100.0


  1. ^ a b "Harry Harley won't contest seat again". The Acton Free Press. May 1, 1968. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Rud Whiting is chosen to contest Halton seat". The Acton Free Press. May 15, 1968. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Rud Whiting is big winner; scores plurality of 4,600". The Acton Free Press. June 26, 1968. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Terry ousts Rud; Carolyn in rear". The Acton Free Press. November 1, 1972. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Rowney, Dave (November 13, 1985). "Three incumbents topple, five women elected". Georgetown Herald. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Rud L WHITING". Independent and Free Press. February 20, 2014. 

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