Erik Nielsen

Born Feb 24, 1924

Erik Hersholt Nielsen PC DFC QC was a Canadian politician, and longtime Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Yukon.

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1924 Birth Born on February 24, 1924.


1957 33 Years Old Born in Regina, Nielsen was elected to parliament in late 1957 (Nielsen lost in the 1957 federal election, but the result was controverted and Nielsen won the resulting byelection) and remained an MP without interruption for 30 years.


1964 40 Years Old He was a backbench MP during the Diefenbaker government but became prominent during the Conservative Party's long period in Opposition during the 1960s and 1970s joining the shadow cabinet in 1964.


1978 54 Years Old In 1978, he ran for the leadership of the newly formed Yukon Progressive Conservative Party as it prepared for the territory's first partisan elections but was defeated by Hilda Watson by one vote.
1979 55 Years Old With the 1979 federal election, the Tories formed government for the first time in over 15 years and Nielsen was appointed Minister of Public Works in the short-lived minority government of Prime Minister Joe Clark.
1980 56 Years Old After the Tories were defeated in the 1980 election, he served as Opposition House Leader from 1981 until 1983, and engineered the "Bell Ringing Affair" to protest the Liberal government's omnibus energy bill. … Read More
1983 59 Years Old Nielsen served as Leader of the Opposition in 1983 between the resignation of Joe Clark and the election of Brian Mulroney as PC leader, and continued to lead the party in the House until Mulroney won a seat in a by-election, at which point Nielsen returned to his previous position as House Leader.


1984 60 Years Old When Mulroney became prime minister, he made Nielsen his deputy prime minister from 1984 to 1986, and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada from 1984 to 1985. … Read More
1985 61 Years Old He also served as Minister of National Defence from 1985 to 1986. … Read More
1986 62 Years Old Shortly after Mulroney returned in June 1986, he forced both Nielsen and Stevens to resign from cabinet. … Read More
1987 63 Years Old Nielsen resigned his seat in Parliament in January 1987 when he was given the position of chairman of the National Transportation Agency.
1992 68 Years Old He withdrew from the public service in 1992 to become president of Solar Engineering, Hawaii Inc. and Solar Electric Engineering Distributors Canada. … Read More
2008 85 Years Old He died at his home in Kelowna, British Columbia on September 4, 2008, from a massive heart attack. … Read More
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