William Moore Benidickson
|Canadian Senator from Ontario|
July 7, 1965 – April 1, 1985
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Kenora—Rainy River
June 11, 1945 – July 6, 1965
|Preceded by||Hugh McKinnon|
|Succeeded by||John Mercer Reid|
|Born||April 8, 1911|
Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
|Died||April 1, 1985 (aged 73)|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Agnes McCausland Richardson (m. 1937)|
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba|
Following the war, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1945 federal election. Due to the politics of Kenora—Rainy River which had a history electing Independent Labour politicians and where the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation posed a serious threat, the Liberals worked with the Communist Party of Canada to run Liberal-Labour candidates in federal and provincial elections. Accordingly, Benidickson ran and was elected as a "Liberal-Labour" MP for most of his parliamentary career though he always sat with the Liberal caucus and was considered a Liberal for all intents and purposes.
In 1963, Benidickson joined the cabinet of Lester Pearson as Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. Pearson appointed him to the Senate of Canada in 1965 where he sat as a straight Liberal until his death in 1985.
- William Moore Benidickson – Parliament of Canada biography
- Some Honourable Members biographical sketches of several MPs, including Benedickson.