- Michael Starr
Michael Starr Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ontario electoral district
Preceded by Walter Thomson Succeeded by Norman Cafik Personal details Born November 14, 1910
Copper Cliff, Ontario
Died March 16, 2000(aged 89) Political party Progressive Conservative Spouse(s) Anne Zaritsky Profession Judge
Michael Starr, PC (born Michael Starchewsky) (November 14, 1910 – March 16, 2000) was a Canadian politician and the first Canadian cabinet minister of Ukrainian descent, his parents having immigrated from Ukraine, then a part of the Russian Empire.
Born in Copper Cliff, Ontario, he was an Alderman for the City of Oshawa from 1944 to 1949. From 1949 to 1952, he was the mayor of Oshawa. In 1951, he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1952 as a Progressive Conservative, Starr was re-elected six times until he was narrowly defeated in the 1968 election by future New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Ed Broadbent. Starr served as Minister of Labour in the government of John George Diefenbaker from 1957 to 1963, and served as Opposition House Leader from 1965 to 1968.
In 1967, Starr stood as a candidate at the PC leadership convention, but was eliminated on the second ballot.
When Robert Stanfield became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1967, Starr became Leader of the Opposition for two months until Stanfield won a seat in the House through a by-election. He lost his seat by fifteen votes in 1968 to Ed Broadbent, failing to retake it in 1972.
He was invested into The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, (Order of St. John to use its short title) as an Officer and subsequently promoted to the grade of Commander. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, Canadian Centennial Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.
In 1983, an Ontario government building was named in Starr's honour. The Michael J. Starr building at 33 King St W in Oshawa is seven floors, each floor with an acre of working space.
Starr is remembered for his work in furthering the cause of ethnic groups and minorities. He helped to build the policy of old age pensions for the Progressive Conservatives. He worked to make the national employment service more humane in its approach to the unemployed and, in his tenure as minister, extended unemployment insurance benefits to women and seasonal workers, and extended federal financial assistance to the provinces under the vocational training coordination act.
He was predeceased by his wife Anne Zaritsky, whom he married in 1933, and his son, Dr. Robert Starr. His daughter, Joan Nicol, survived him.
- The Ukrainian Weekly article
- Michael Starr - Parliament of Canada biography
- Canadian's Who Who 1997 entry
- Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum, Oshawa, Ontario
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