Donald Tolmie

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Donald Ross Tolmie
Alderman of Welland, Ontario
In office
Member of Parliament
for Welland
In office
November 1965 September 1972
Preceded by Victor Railton
Succeeded by William Hector McMillan
Personal details
Born(1923-11-11)11 November 1923
Lindsay, Ontario
Died18 March 2009(2009-03-18) (aged 85)
Pelham, Ontario
Political party Liberal

Donald Ross Tolmie (11 November 1923 – 18 March 2009) was a Liberal party member of the House of Commons of Canada.

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Tolmie was born in Lindsay, Ontario and served in World War II as an Avro Lancaster navigator. He became a lawyer in Welland, Ontario where he was an alderman from 1957 to 1964. After this, he entered federal politics winning a seat at the Welland riding in the 1965 general election. Tolmie was re-elected there in 1968, then left federal politics in 1972 after completing his term in the 28th Canadian Parliament.

Lindsay, Ontario Place in Ontario, Canada

Lindsay is a community of 20,713 people on the Scugog River in the Kawartha Lakes region of south-eastern Ontario, Canada. It is approximately 43 km (27 mi) west of Peterborough. It is the seat of the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the hub for business and commerce in the region.

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From October 1971 to September 1972, Tolmie was Parliamentary Secretary to Ron Basford, the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs at that time.

Ron Basford Canadian politician

Stanley Ronald "Ron" Basford, was a long-time Canadian Cabinet minister in the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau. Based in British Columbia, he was known as "Mr. Granville Island" for his support of the Granville Island redevelopment project in Vancouver.

The Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs was a Government of Canada cabinet position held between 1967 and 1995. The minister was responsible for consumer and corporate issues relating to legislation at the federal level.

After an undisclosed illness, Tolmie died at his home in Pelham, Ontario on 18 March 2009. [1]

Pelham, Ontario Town in Ontario, Canada

The Town of Pelham is located in the centre of Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada.

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  1. Tay, Mark (20 March 2009). "Donald Tolmie remembered as great MP and lawyer". Welland Tribune. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2009.Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)