Stanley Haidasz
In office
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byArthur Maloney
Succeeded byYuri Shymko
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byDonald Carrick
Succeeded byEdward Lockyer
Personal details
Born(1923-03-04)March 4, 1923
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 6, 2009(2009-08-06) (aged 86)
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada

Stanley Haidasz, PC (March 4, 1923 – August 6, 2009) was a Canadian politician and doctor.

Life and career

Haidasz was born to Polish parents who immigrated to Canada in 1910 from Stanislawów. He studied medicine graduating from the University of Toronto in 1951, and did post-graduate work in cardiology at the University of Chicago.

Haidasz entered politics when he ran in the 1957 election, and became the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the Toronto riding of Trinity. He was defeated in the 1958 election in which John Diefenbaker led the Progressive Conservative Party to a landslide victory.

Haidasz returned to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1962 election, representing the Toronto riding of Parkdale. He retained his seat through five succeeding elections until 1978 when he became the first Canadian of Polish descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.[1]

In 1964, he served as head of Canada's delegation to the World Food Program in Geneva, and as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

He served as parliamentary secretary to a number of ministers in the 1960s. In 1972, he was appointed to the Cabinet as Canada's first Minister of State for multiculturalism and served in that position until 1974.

During his career, Haidasz was instrumental in the passage of Medicare, the Canada Pension Plan and Income Supplement, the Clean Air Act and other legislation. He also initiated the Anti-Smoking Tobacco Bill.[2]

He retired from the Senate in 1998 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.

He was awarded a Commander Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 1998.[3]

Books about Stanley Haidasz


There is a Stanley Haidasz fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "Canada Gazette" (PDF).
  4. ^ "SENATOR STANLEY HAIDASZ (December 2014 edition) | Open Library".
  5. ^ "Stanley Haidasz fonds, Library and Archives Canada". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2020.