Leslie Gordon (Les) Benjamin (April 29, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta - June 16, 2003 in Regina, Saskatchewan) 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. Sources: Appreciation of Les Benjamin by Bill Blaikie, Les Benjamin - Parliament of Canada biography, Parliament of Canada Preceded by, The electoral district was created in 1966. Member of Parliament for Regina--Lake Centre, 1968-1979 Succeeded by, The electoral district was abolished in 1976. Preceded by, The electoral district was created in 1976. Member of Parliament for Regina West, 1979-1988 Succeeded by, The electoral district was abolished in 1987. Preceded by, The electoral district was created in 1987. Member of Parliament for Regina--Lumsden, 1988-1993 Succeeded by, John Solomon Authority control VIAF: 104209570, Persondata Name Benjamin, Les Alternative names Short description Canadian politician Date of birth April 29, 1925 Place of birth Medicine Hat, Alberta Date of death June 16, 2003 Place of death Regina, Saskatchewan

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