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Aideen Nicholson (April 29, 1927 – May 31, 2019) was an Irish-born social worker and Canadian politician.

Aideen Nicholson
Member of Parliament
for Trinity
In office
Preceded byPaul Hellyer
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Personal details
Born(1927-04-29)April 29, 1927
Dublin, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)
DiedMay 31, 2019(2019-05-31) (aged 92)
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
ProfessionSocial worker



Aideen Nicholson was born in Dublin, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland). She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and later at the London School of Economics.

A social worker by profession, Nicholson worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, taught at George Brown College and the University of Toronto and also worked at Ontario Correctional Services and as a founding member of the Ontario Commission on the Status of Women.[1]


She entered politics in the 1974 federal election, defeating Paul Hellyer in the riding of Trinity in Toronto and was re-elected three times as a Liberal. She served as parliamentary secretary for several years:

Nicholson was on the Liberal front bench after the party entered the opposition as a result of the 1984 federal election. She served as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee from 1984 through 1987.

Due to redistribution, her riding disappeared prior to the 1988 election, and she decided to seek the Liberal nomination in St. Paul's riding, which was held by Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Barbara McDougall. The nomination was contested by Paul Hellyer, whom Nicholson had defeated when he ran as a Tory in 1974 but who had rejoined the Liberals in 1982. Nicholson defeated Hellyer for the Liberal nomination, but was unable to defeat McDougall in the general election.

Later lifeEdit

She subsequently was appointed to the Immigration Review Board.[2]

In 2003, Nicholson was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.[3]

Nicholson was residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario.[4] She died on May 31, 2019.[5]


  1. ^ John Ward. In Memory's Eye:Recollections of Canadian Parliamentarians. Last Accessed April 25, 2009. [1]
  2. ^ Minutes from Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. June 18, 1996. last accessed April 25, 2009. [2]
  3. ^ 2003 Distinguished Service Award - Recipient. Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. Last Accessed April 25, 2009. [3] Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "AIDEEN NICHOLSON Obituary". The Toronto Star. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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