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Willis Merwyn Johnson (May 9, 1923 – July 14, 2019), better known as Merv Johnson, was a Canadian farmer and politician in Saskatchewan.

Willis Merwyn Johnson
Member of Parliament
for Kindersley
In office
August 1953 – August 1958
Preceded byFred Larson
Succeeded byRobert Hanbidge
President of the New Democratic Party
In office
Preceded byMichael Kelway Oliver
Succeeded byEamon Park
Personal details
Born(1923-05-09)May 9, 1923
Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedJuly 14, 2019(2019-07-14) (aged 96)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Political partyCo-operative Commonwealth Federation
Spouse(s)Elaine Aseltine
m. Oct. 5, 1946[1]
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan

Johnson was the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Member for Parliament for Kindersley, Saskatchewan. He first won his seat in the House of Commons of Canada in the 1953 federal election and was re-elected in 1957 before being defeated in the 1958 general election in the Diefenbaker landslide. He attempted to re-enter the House of Commons in several subsequent elections as a New Democrat but was unsuccessful.

In 1977, Johnson was appointed to serve as Saskatchewan's agent-general in London, England. He also served for several years as president of the Saskatchewan CCF-NDP and was president of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada from 1963 to 1965.[2] He died in Victoria, British Columbia in July 2019 at the age of 96.[3]


  1. ^ "The Canadian Directory of Parliament: 1867-1967 - Google Books". Retrieved 2016-01-09 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SASKATCHEWAN" (PDF). May 13, 1994. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  3. ^ Willis Merwyn (Merv) Johnson obituary

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