Aideen Nicholson (born April 29, 1927) is an Irish-born social worker and former Canadian politician.
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Paul Hellyer|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Born||April 29, 1927|
Dublin, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)
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.
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:
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (March 4-September 30, 1980)
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Postmaster General (March 4-September 30, 1980)
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (October 1 1978-March 26 1979)
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (October 1 1977-September 30 1978)
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.
She subsequently was appointed to the Immigration Review Board.
- John Ward. In Memory's Eye:Recollections of Canadian Parliamentarians. Last Accessed April 25, 2009. 
- Minutes from Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. June 18, 1996. last accessed April 25, 2009. 
- 2003 Distinguished Service Award - Recipient. Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. Last Accessed April 25, 2009.  Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine