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Leslie Benjamin

Leslie Gordon Benjamin
Member of Parliament
for Regina—Lake Centre (1968-1979); Regina West (1979-1988); Regina—Lumsden (1988-1993)
In office
1968 – 1993
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by John Solomon
Personal details
Born April 29, 1925
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Died June 16, 2003
Regina, Saskatchewan
Political party NDP
Spouse(s) Constance E. Friesen
Residence Regina
Profession Manager, railway station agent, secretary, telegrapher

Leslie Gordon (Les) Benjamin (April 29, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta - June 16, 2003 in Regina, Saskatchewan) was a Canadian Member of Parliament. Benjamin was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1968 as a New Democratic Party MP from Saskatchewan. In parliament, as the NDP's Transport critic, he often clashed with Otto Lang over the Crow Rate that allowed subsidized rail transport for prairie farmers and was an opponent of deregulation. He retired from parliament in 1993.

When [1]

Benjamin was of Welsh heritage with his father's family coming to Canada from the Rumney Valley.

Prior to entering politics, Benjamin worked variously as a railway station agent, telegrapher and secretary.


  • Bill Blaikie
  • Les Benjamin – Parliament of Canada biography
Preceded by
The electoral district was created in 1966.
Member of Parliament for Regina—Lake Centre
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished in 1976.
Preceded by
The electoral district was created in 1976.
Member of Parliament for Regina West
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished in 1987.
Preceded by
The electoral district was created in 1987.
Member of Parliament for Regina—Lumsden
Succeeded by
John Solomon

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