Fonds F01203 - Thomas Worrall Kent fonds

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Thomas Worrall Kent fonds

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  • 1935-2011 (Creation)
    Kent, Thomas Worrall

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7 m of textual records

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Born in 1922, Thomas Worrall Kent has been a newspaper and magazine editor, Liberal Party policy maker and principal assistant to the late Prime Minister Lester Pearson. Kent attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating with a first-class Honours B.A. in 1941 and receiving an M.A. in 1950. During the latter part (1942-1945) of World War II he was engaged in intelligence service. From 1946-1950 he was on the editorial staffof the Manchester Guardian and in 1950 moved to The Economist as Assistant Editor. In 1954 he came to Canada to be the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. After the defeat of the St. Laurent government he became active in the Liberal Party, serving as polisy consultant from 1961 to 1963. At various times he was Co-Ordinator of Programming and Policy Secretary to the Prime Minister (1963-65), Deputy Minister of Manpower and Immigration (1966-68) and Deputy Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1968-71). In 1971 he left Ottawa to be President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Breton Development Corporation. From 1980 to 1983 he was Dean of the Faculty of Administraive Studies, Dalhousie University. Since 1992 he has been associated with the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

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This fonds consists of correspondence (1952-2005); editorials in British papers (1946-1950) and the 'Winnipeg Free Press' (1950-1960); subject files relating to his time as advisor to the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson; notes on the development of social policy and the Canada Pension Plan; papers and lectures written by Kent; published articles and volumes; presentations to parliamentary committees; files relating to the Royal Commission on Newspapers (1980-1981); honours and awards.

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Donated by Tom Kent - 1988; 1994; 2006


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  • English

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13005007.45123F3 A3.5 010 I115109.4

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 19/06/2015.
Archivist(s): Shirley Spragge, George Henderson, Ken Willmott

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