Les Benjamin

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Leslie Gordon Benjamin
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Regina—Lake Centre
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Regina West
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by John Solomon
Constituency Regina—Lumsden
Personal details
Born April 29, 1925
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Died June 16, 2003
Regina, Saskatchewan
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Constance E. Friesen
Residence Regina
Profession Manager, railway station agent, secretary, telegrapher

Leslie Gordon "Les" Benjamin (April 29, 1925 – June 16, 2003) 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 Ronald Reagan addressed the Parliament of Canada in 1987, Benjamin heckled him by crying "he's mad!"[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.


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