Thomas Worrall Kent

Thomas Worrall (Tom) Kent, CC (April 3, 1922 November 15, 2011) was a Canadian economist, journalist, editor, public servant, and industrialist.

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Thomas Worrall (Tom) Kent
Born(1922-04-03)April 3, 1922
Stafford, England
DiedNovember 15, 2011(2011-11-15) (aged 89)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Occupationeconomist, journalist, editor, public servant and industrialist
AwardsOrder of Canada

Born in Stafford, England, Kent graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and worked as a journalist for The Manchester Guardian and The Economist. In 1954 he immigrated to Canada to become editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. He later served as a key advisor to Prime Minister Lester Pearson, and was the architect of the federal Liberal revival of the 1960s. He was a leading thinker behind the socio-economic strategies of the 1970s, and served as deputy minister of immigration in the government of Lester Pearson.[1] Kent served as president of the Cape Breton Development Corporation, and later of the Sydney Steel Corp. In 1980 he was appointed to chair the Royal Commission on Newspapers, which would become known as the Kent Commission.[2]

In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2001.

In 1963, Kent stood for election in the British Columbia riding of Burnaby—Coquitlam, but was defeated by Tommy Douglas.[3]

In his later years, Kent was a Fellow with Queen's University's School of Policy Studies.


  1. Kent, Tom (April 25, 2008). "Canada is much more than a hotel". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  2. The Canadian Press. "Tom Kent, who led 1980 inquiry into newspaper ownership, dead at 89 | - Canada - Features". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  3. Sandra Martin, "Political Thinker Had a Passion for Canada", Globe and Mail, December 10, 2011.

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