Pat Mahoney, Calgary’s last Liberal MP, dies at 83

 

‘I think we will elect an MP in Calgary again before the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup,’ Trudeau-era politician told the Herald last year

 
 
 
 
File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.
 

File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.

Photograph by: Archive , Herald Archive

The last Liberal to represent Calgary in the House of Commons has died.

Riding the wave of Trudeaumania, Pat Mahoney was elected to federal office for Calgary South in 1968.

Mahoney recently passed away in North Vancouver, B.C., at 83 years old.

He’s remembered for being an unabashed party supporter even in his final days.

“I think we will elect an MP in Calgary again before the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup,” Mahoney told the Herald last April.

However, he admitted the city is known to be as right-wing as any urban electorate in Canada, adding, it would be tough recreating the magical 1968 campaign.

Led by the magnetic personality of Pierre Trudeau, the Grits had “everything in the world going” for them.

The federal Conservatives were marred by scandal and internal bickering, which paved the road for the Liberal movement.

“It was a coincidence of events that allowed it to happen,” Mahoney said in 2011.

He narrowly beat the Progressive Conservative candidate by 756 votes to take victory. Despite the Liberal fever sweeping the nation, he was the only Grit elected from Calgary.

Friends describe Mahoney as determined, strategic and quick-witted.

“He always did things full blast,” said Nick Taylor, former leader of the Alberta Liberal party and Canadian senator.

Taylor recalled being part of the Trudeaumania craze, along with Mahoney.

“We were roaring,” he said.

In Ottawa, Mahoney was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance. He was later rewarded by being promoted to Trudeau’s cabinet as minister of state in 1972.

The next election was a different story, as Mahoney was trounced at the polls by Tory rival Peter Bawden , who won by 16,448 votes.

He left politics, entered law and was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal.

Mahoney was also a longtime executive of the Calgary Stampeders and scheduled the first Labour Day Classic match versus the rival Edmonton Eskimos in 1959.

bweismiller@calgaryherald.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Location refreshed
 

Story Tools

 
 
Font:
 
Image:
 
 
 
 
 
File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.
 

File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.

Photograph by: Archive, Herald Archive

 
File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.
File photo from 1968 of Liberal hopeful Pat Mahoney.
File photo from 1972 of Liberal Pat Mahoney after his defeat.
 
 
 
 
 
 

More Photo Galleries

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks on a tightrope wire outside the set of ABC’s Good Morning America program in New York City June 13, 2012. Wallenda, 33, a seventh-generation member of the famed “Flying Wallendas” family of circus performers, is set to walk a 2-inch (5 cm) cable strung 1,800 feet (550 meters) across Niagara Falls gorge on June 15 - the first such tight rope feat between the United States and Canada in more than a century.

Gallery: Daredevil Wallenda readies...

Daredevil Nik Wallenda's deal with ABC to televise...

 
A model presents a creation by Movement during the 2013 summer collection of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian fashion back with hot...

Another collection of hot bikinis from Sao Paulo Fashion...

 
emma stone oscars

Celebrities' surprising secrets...

We’ve gathered some of the strangest secrets...

 
 
 
 

Related Topics

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calgary Herald Headline News

 
Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Calgary Herald.
 
 
 

Latest updates

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae had been playing coy about plans to run for the federal Liberal leadership. Now, he's told his caucus he won't. He's shown during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday June 12, 2012.

Bob Rae won't run for federal Liberal leadership

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae is telling his caucus he won’t run for the permanent leadership of the party.

1 hour ago
Comments ()