Gordon's concern for Canadian economic independence led him into the Liberal Party after L.B. PEARSON became leader in 1958; in May 1963 Gordon became minister of finance in the Pearson government. His 1963 budget proposal for a tax on takeovers of Canadian firms was withdrawn under pressure, and his influence in Cabinet waned until his resignation after general election of November 1965. He returned to Cabinet as president of the privy council in 1967 to oversee the Watkins task force on the structure of Canadian industry, and resigned after completion of the report in 1968. In the 1970s he inspired the COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA; in the 1980s he gave leadership to the movement for nuclear arms control and disarmament.
Author DENIS SMITH
Links to Other Sites
The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation
The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, established in 1965, supports public policies that foster the continuing evolution of a dynamic and independent Canada. Their website focuses on programs relating to the Canadian North, fresh water resources, international relations, and public art galleries in Ontario.
Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism
Synopsis of Stephen Azzi's book "Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism." From the website for McGill Queen's University Press.