Jim Hawkes

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Jim Hawkes
Jim Hawkes.jpg
Hawkes in April 2015
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary West
In office
Preceded byRiding created in 1976
Succeeded byStephen Harper
Personal details
Frederick James Hawkes

(1934-06-21)June 21, 1934
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DiedMay 9, 2019(2019-05-09) (aged 84)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Joanne Christian Herriot (m. 1937–2013)
Children3, including Terri Hawkes

Frederick James Hawkes (June 21, 1934 – May 9, 2019) was a Canadian politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1979 until 1993.

Early life and education[edit]

Hawkes was born in Calgary, Alberta. He studied at Sir George Williams College (now Concordia University), obtaining a B.A. degree in 1957.

Hawkes returned to academia after several years to study psychology, earning an M.Sc. degree in this field from the University of Calgary in 1968, and a Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology from Colorado State University in 1970.

In 1971, Hawkes became an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Welfare at the University of Calgary, then in 1975 he received tenure.

Political career[edit]

In 1976–1977, Hawkes served as a program director for Joe Clark, then leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition.

In 1979, he ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the riding of Calgary West, and was elected to the House of Commons. He was re-elected in 1980, 1984, and 1988.

From 1985 to 1986, Hawkes' chief aide was future prime minister Stephen Harper. Harper's term as aide was short, and he later described this time in Ottawa as deeply disillusioning.

Hawkes was re-elected in the 1988 election in which his chief opponent was his former protégé Harper, now running for the newly founded Reform Party of Canada.

From 1988 to 1993, Hawkes also served as the Chief Government Whip inside the House of Commons.

In the 1993 federal election, Hawkes lost to Harper, becoming one of many PC MPs who were defeated at the polls.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1957, Hawkes married Joanne Christine Herriot (1937–2013).[1] The Hawkes had two living children: Teresa Anne "Terri" (born 1958) and Robert James (born 1961). Robert Hawkes reached Master level in chess by his late teens. They had another daughter Colleen Rose, who died four days after birth.

Hawkes, who had dementia in his final years, died in Calgary on May 9, 2019, at the age of 84.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Hawkes, Joanne Christie". The Globe and Mall. August 13, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Longtime Calgary MP Jim Hawkes has died at 84". CBC News. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ [1]

Other sources[edit]

  • Kenneth Whyte, "The right-wingers duke it out in the Calgary West corral", Globe and Mail, 2 October 1993, D2.

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