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Walter Kenneth Bryden

Walter Kenneth Bryden

Male 1916 - 2001  (85 years)

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  • Name Walter Kenneth Bryden 
    Born 9 Apr 1916  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1921  Woodville, Victoria Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1949  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1959  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Member of Provincial Parliament for Woodbine, June 11, 1959 -- October 16, 1967
    Died 17 Dec 2001  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6941  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2015 

    Father Walter Williamson Bryden,   b. 8 Sep 1883, Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1952, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Violet Naismith Bannatyne,   b. 11 Dec 1884, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1970, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married Sep 1910 
    • date of wedding from...
      "The Burning Bush and a Few Acres of Snow: The Presbyterian Contribution to Canadian Life"
      By William Klempa
      McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994
    Family ID F2312  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marion Helen Herriot,   b. 2 Apr 1918, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 2013  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1944  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F2313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Apr 1916 - Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - Woodville, Victoria Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Oct 1944 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1949 - Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 1959 - Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Dec 2001 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ken Bryden
    Ken Bryden
    son of Walter Bryden and Violet Naismith
    Walter Kenneth Brydon
    Walter Kenneth Brydon

    Newspapers
    Walter Bryden
    Walter Bryden
    Cardston News, 21 April 1955

    Weddings
    'Her hat was of moss green felt..'
    "Her hat was of moss green felt.."
    Marion weds Kenneth

  • Notes 
    • Walter Kenneth Bryden was born April 9, 1916, one of two sons to Violet Naismith Bannatyne and Walter Bryden. He was a PK (preacher's kid) of one of the highest profile families in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and of Reformed and Presbyterian churches worldwide. As a child and young man, he learned from his father--a preacher, theologian, author and teacher of most ministers within the Presbyterian Church in his time. Ken was to become his father's son.

      A child of the manse, he grew up in Woodville, Ontario; Melfort, Saskatchewan, and Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto (U of T) with a BA (1937), an MA (1940) and a PhD (1969). In between, he earned a BA from Oxford University in 1939.

      Ken Bryden was a pre-eminent political strategist in Canada. He was one of the key people who kept the CCF (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation) party alive when it was going through what he called "the right-wing deep-freeze of the 1950s." He also built the CCF party in Ontario, first as director of research for the caucus and, then, as provincial secretary. He was elected to the Ontario legislature in 1959 and became deputy leader for Donald MacDonald.

      Eleanor O'Connor, who managed two successful election campaigns for Marion Bryden in the 1970s, said: "If it had not been for the energy and dedication that he came up with, there would not have been a CCF to merge with the labour movement to create the NDP." When the New Democratic Party was created in 1961, Ken drafted its constitution. During his years at Queen's Park, he advocated for an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), fought for the province to pay for the construction of Toronto's Bloor-Danforth subway line, opposed a planned provincial sales tax and introduced a bill to limit campaign spending.

      Ken Bryden and Andrew Brewin (another PK), the NDP federal MP in Toronto's east end, opened the first constituency offices in Canada at their own expense. Now, all MPs and MPPs have constituency offices paid from government revenues.

      Whenever Ken rose to speak in the legislature, he was a ferocious critic; but friends and foe alike hailed his key role in bringing about many important, progressive changes for Ontarians and all Canadians. He was described by historian Desmond Morton as "the shrewdest political mind in the party." Ken was involved in every major party decision in those days, together with David Lewis, Andrew Brewin and Frank Scott. They wrote the 1961 program for the New Democratic Party.

      When he was still provincial secretary, Ken devised a Canadian first. To improve the fortunes of the CCF/NDP, he introduced door-to-door canvassing to Canadian politics--a technique to which all political parties now subscribe. He represented voters in the provincial riding of Woodbine from 1959 to 1969 when Marion became the incumbent. Ken taught political economy and science at U of T until he retired in 1984 as professor emeritus of political economy. But, even then, he continued to be active with issues in his community until his death.

      Frances Lankin, who followed Ken and Marion as MPP in Beaches-Woodbine, remembers when, as a young union member, she attended a public meeting to talk about a community problem. She met the Brydens, who nurtured her and became like parents to her. Following a distinguished career at Queen's Park, both as a government minister and in opposition, Lankin now heads the United Way of Greater Toronto.

      Ken's publications as an academic include articles in scholarly journals and collections. His book Old Age Pensions and Policy Making in Canada is generally accepted as the definitive work on the development of pension policy in Canada. Many of Saskatchewan's current labour laws were originally drafted by the 28-year-old deputy minister of labour in Tommy Douglas's new CCF government in 1944. American union organizer Walter Reuther called it the most advanced legislation in all of North America.

      Ken also took a keen interest in municipal issues. He gave his energy and political expertise to struggles of high-rises and expressways that threatened to destroy neighbourhoods throughout Toronto. He served as secretary and president of CORRA (Confederation of Resident and Ratepayers Associations). Following his retirement from Queen's Park, he worked with progressive groups to maintain the quality of life in Toronto. He made his last public appearance at the Ontario legislature before a committee discussing the City of Toronto Act of 1996, arguing for conservative values. "The true conservative believes in community values," he said. He died December 17, 2001.

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      also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Bryden