Jack White (politician)

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Jack White was a Canadian labour union activist. He was the first elected black representative of the Ironworkers, and one of the first Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) national staff representatives from a minority background.

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, White was one of the first black Canadians to run for election to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He stood as an Ontario New Democratic Party candidate in Davenport in the 1963 election.

White was the son of Izie Dora White and Baptist minister William A. White, who served at Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Halifax for nearly 20 years. His mother was born in Nova Scotia and his father migrated from the United States, where he was born to former slaves in Virginia.

From a family of 13 children, several of whom achieved national distinction, White was a brother of famed Canadian opera singer Portia White and politician Bill White, the first black Canadian to run for federal office. His niece Sheila White is a political strategist for the New Democratic Party, and his nephew Donald H. Oliver served several years as the first Black Canadian member of the Senate.


  • Jack White Community Service Award

External links

  • CUPE Tribute to Jack White

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