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Dorise Nielsen

Dorise Nielsen

Canadian politician
Dorise Nielsen
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Canadian politician
Was Politician
From Canada
Type Politics
Gender female
Birth 30 July 1902, England
Death 9 December 1980 (aged 78 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


Dorise Winifred Webber Nielsen (July 30, 1902 – December 9, 1980) was a Canadian communist politician, feminist and teacher.


Before politics

Born in England, Nielsen arrived in Canada and settled in Saskatchewan in 1927 to work as a teacher and married a homesteader the same year.

Political career

She joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1934 and was a CCF campaign manager during the 1938 provincial election. By 1937, she joined the Communist Party of Canada but did not disclose her membership until 1943 remaining a member of the CCF until her riding association was dissolved because of its support of a popular front campaign with the Communists.

She was the first member of the Communist Party of Canada to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons, serving during World War II. She was the third woman elected to Canadian Parliament and the first to still be raising young children while holding political office. She won a seat in the 1940 federal election representing the Saskatchewan riding of North Battleford on the "United Progressives" label, beating the Liberal candidate in a two-way race. Canada banned the Communist Party in June 1940 due to the party's opposition to the war. Nielsen, through indirect contact with Montreal-based Communist leaders who had escaped imprisonment, became a spokeswoman for the Communist Party through speeches made in the House of Commons.

When the Labor-Progressive Party was officially formed in 1943 as a legal front for the still banned Communist Party, Nielsen declared her affiliation with the party and was elected to its national executive committee. She ran for re-election in the 1945 election for the Labor-Progressive Party (the name the Communist Party would use until 1959), but came in third behind the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and Liberal candidates with 13% of the vote.

She ran again in the 1953 election, this time in Brantford, Ontario, but came in last place with 216 votes.

After politics

In 1957, Nielsen left Canada for the People's Republic of China, where she lived until her death, working most of that time as an editor for the Foreign Languages Press in Beijing.

Election results

Canadian federal election, 1953: Brantford
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal James Elisha Brown 9,576
Progressive Conservative John Tozeland Shillington 7,912
Co-operative Commonwealth John Houison Gillies 3,839
Labor–Progressive Dorise Winifred Nielsen 216
Canadian federal election, 1945: North Battleford
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth Frederick W. Townley-Smith 5,049 31.55
Liberal John Hornby Harrison 4,420 27.62 –15.22
Labor–Progressive Dorise W. Nielsen 2,124 13.27 –43.89
Progressive Conservative Albert C. Cadieu 2,039 12.74
Social Credit John William Evanishen 1,525 9.53
Liberal Cameron Ross McIntosh 847 5.29 –37.55
Total valid votes 16,004 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth gain from Unity Swing +23.38
Canadian federal election, 1940: North Battleford
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Unity Dorise W. Nielsen 10,500 57.16
Liberal Cameron Ross McIntosh 7,868 42.84 –2.23
Total valid votes 18,368 100.0  
Unity gain from Liberal Swing +29.70

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