Thomas Worrall (Tom) Kent
|Born||April 3, 1922|
|Died||November 15, 2011 89) (aged|
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||economist, journalist, editor, public servant and industrialist|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Thomas Worrall (Tom) Kent, CC (April 3, 1922 – November 15, 2011) was a Canadian economist, journalist, editor, public servant, and industrialist.
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Born in Stafford, England, Kent graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and worked as a journalist for The Manchester Guardian and The Economist. In 1954 he immigrated to Canada to become editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. He later served as a key advisor to Prime Minister Lester Pearson, and was the architect of the federal Liberal revival of the 1960s. He was a leading thinker behind the socio-economic strategies of the 1970s, and served as deputy minister of immigration in the government of Lester Pearson.Kent served as president of the Cape Breton Development Corporation, and later of the Sydney Steel Corp. In 1980 he was appointed to chair the Royal Commission on Newspapers, which would become known as the Kent Commission.
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In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2001.
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