Stanley H. Knowles
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 1908.06.18 - Los Angeles, California, United States.
DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH: 1997.06.09 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
OCCUPATION: United Church Minister. Canadian Labour Congress organizer (1958-1962). Chancellor, Brandon University (1970-1990).
NDP House Leader: 1962-1981 (resigned as House Leader following a serious stroke in 1981).
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Starting after the 1958 defeat of the CCF, Knowles and David Lewis developed the strategy to create a new national party that would unite the old CCF with the labour movement (CLC). This entity -- given the interim name of "The New Party" -- was launched as the New Democratic Party in 1961.
Appointed to the Queen's Privy Council by Prime Minister Joe Clark in 1979.
Knowles was Canada's longest serving member of the House of Commons. Known as "The Conscience of the House" and an expert on House parliamentary rules, he fought for four decades to win improved pensions, public housing, and other benefits for Canada's elderly, poor and unemployed.
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