Signatures Series: Interview with the Honourable Ed Broadbent

Signatures Series 

Photo of The Honourable Ed Broadbent

The Honourable Ed Broadbent

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, in conversation with:

The Honourable Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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The discussion will take place in English with simultaneous French translation.

Hosted by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Signatures Series features original interviews with individuals who provide insights into parts of the collection, either because they have donated archives to LAC or are experts about it.

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Ed Broadbent

Ed Broadbent was born in Oshawa, Ontario on March 21, 1936. First elected in 1968 as the New Democratic Party of Canada's (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Oshawa-Whitby, he went on to serve as an MP for over 20 years—14 of which were spent as leader of the NDP. Under his leadership, the party elected 43 MPs in the 1988 election—the largest NDP caucus ever until 2011. During his time in the House of Commons, he focused greatly on Aboriginal and economic rights, women's equality, child poverty, ethics in government, and tax equality. In 2011, he founded the Broadbent Institute, Canada's leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders. Mr. Broadbent was made a Member of the Privy Council in 1982, an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002. He was also awarded the lifetime achievement award at Maclean's 2016 Parliamentarians of the Year awards.

Scope and content of the archival holdings

Ed Broadbent's archival holdings consist of textual records documenting his life and career in politics, particularly as federal leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP). These holdings include personal, political and ministerial records such as correspondence; sound recordings of the 1969 NDP convention; sound and video recordings of various speeches, interviews and press conferences; and photographs relating to the 1979 NDP parliamentary caucus as well as to Mr. Broadbent's personal and family life.

Overview of the scope and content of the archival holdings

  • 36.56 metres of textual records
  • 2.3 MB of electronic records
  • 58 audio cassettes, 12 audio reels and 6 videocassettes
  • 2,900 photographs
  • 6 drawings
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