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The Honourable John Edward "Ed" Broadbent, PC, CC, Ph.D, LL.D (born March 21, 1936) is a Canadian social democratic politician and political scientist. He was leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) from 1975 to 1989. In the 2004 federal election, he returned to Parliament for one additional term as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre.
Broadbent was a university professor when he ran and won election to the Canadian House of Commons from Oshawa in the 1968 general election, narrowly defeating former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Michael Starr. In 1971, he ran for the leadership of the party but lost to David Lewis at the NDP leadership convention. He won the 1975 contest to succeed Lewis, and led the party through four elections.
[+] efforts to convene a Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform
Broadbent is a well known advocate of democratic reform, accountability and social justice.
[+] Ed Broadbent should be speaker of the People's Parliament
[+] supports Paul Dewar, who continues his fight for PR.
Ed Broadbent - wikipedia