- Erik Nielsen
name=Erik Hersholt Nielsen
birth_date= birth date|1924|2|24|df=yes
death_date=death date and age|2008|9|4|1924|2|24|df=yes
Kelowna, British Columbia
James Aubrey Simmons
spouse= Pamela June Nielsen (-1969)
Shelley Nielsen (1983-2008)
Regina, Saskatchewan, he was Minister of Public Works in the short-lived government of Prime Minister Joe Clark. After the Tories were defeated in the 1980 election, he served as Opposition House Leaderfrom 1981 until 1983, and engineered the "Bell Ringing Affair" to protest the Liberal government's omnibus energy bill. The business of the Canadian House of Commonsground to a halt for three weeks because the Opposition refused to respond to the bell summoning Members of Parliament to come to the chamber to vote.
Nielsen served as Leader of the Opposition in 1983 between the resignation of
Joe Clarkand the election of Brian Mulroneyas PC leader, and continued to lead the party in the House until Mulroney won a seat in a by-election, at which point Nielsen returned to his previous position as House Leader.
When Mulroney became prime minister, he made Nielsen his deputy prime minister from 1984 to 1986, and
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canadafrom 1984 to 1985. Nielsen was effectively the senior Government House Leaderin all but name. He also served as Minister of National Defence from 1985 to 1986.
Nielsen has been called "Yukon Erik," [Jim Lotz, Prime Ministers of Canada, Bison Books, 1987, p. 154] but he has also been called "Velcro lips" for a tight-lipped reticence during his time in office. [Lotz, 150.] The tenaciousness and aggressiveness that made Nielsen a successful Opposition MP made him a liability as a Cabinet minister as he gave the impression of being secretive and disdainful of criticism by the Opposition and the media. His habit of stonewalling questions had the effect of prolonging the shelf life of political scandals in Parliament, and thus hurt the government's reputation. This became most apparent during the
Sinclair Stevensconflict-of-interest scandal, in which Mulroney was out of Parliament for two weeks while the opposition barraged Nielsen with questions. Shortly after Mulroney returned, Nielsen and Sinclair were both forced to resign from cabinet in June 1986.
Years afterward, Sheila Copps would remark that the sacking of Nielsen made Mulroney "look decisive", when pointing out the importance of a deputy prime minister in protecting the prime minister from political damage during
question period. [http://torontosun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Copps_Sheila/2006/02/07/1429427.html]
Nielsen resigned his seat in Parliament in January 1987 when he was given the position of chairman of the National Transportation Agency. He withdrew from the public service in 1992 to become president of Solar Engineering, Hawaii Inc. and Solar Electric Engineering Distributors Canada.
One of Nielsen's brothers is actor
Leslie Nielsen. The relationship informed the premise of an HBO mockumentarytitled " The Canadian Conspiracy", comically alleging a Canadian subversion of the United States through its media.
He wrote a memoir, "The House Is Not a Home" (1989, ISBN 0-7715-9426-7), noted for its bracing directness both about his colleagues and about his own personal life.
He died at his home in
Kelowna, BC on September 4, 2008 from a massive heart attack. [ [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080905.wobitnielsen0905/BNStory/National/home Erik Nielsen dies in B.C. at 84] , The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2008.]
* [http://archives.cbc.ca/society/family/clips/15497/ Leslie and Erik Nielsen laugh it up] (audio) 1991
Peter Gzowskiinterview with Leslie and Erik Nielsen
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