John Solomon (Canadian politician)

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John Solomon
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
Preceded by Charles Whelan
Succeeded by Bill Sveinson
Constituency Regina North West
In office
Preceded by Bill Sveinson
Succeeded by Anita Bergman
Constituency Regina North West
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by Les Benjamin
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Regina—Lumsden
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Larry Spencer
Constituency Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre
Personal details
Born May 23, 1950
Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
Political party Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party of Canada
Residence Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

John Lewis Solomon (born May 23, 1950)[1] is a Canadian public servant and former politician. From 2001 until 2008, he was chair of Saskatchewan's Workers' Compensation Board.[2] He was previously a provincial and federal politician.


Born in Dauphin, Manitoba,[1] Solomon is a former small business operator, and holds degrees in political studies and economics from the University of Manitoba. He also worked for the Canadian National Railway in Winnipeg for three years. He came to Saskatchewan in 1973 and married Janice Lee Bench the following year.[3]

Solomon served as Provincial Secretary for the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, as Executive Assistant in the Allan Blakeney government and a Corporate Planner with SaskTel prior to his election in 1979.

He was a Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for three terms for the riding of Regina North West, and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 federal election. Solomon served as whip for the NDP in the House of Commons from 1996 to 2000.[1] In an election in which the NDP's caucus fell from 43 seats to 9, Solomon was the only rookie MP elected for the federal NDP. He served as MP for Regina—Lumsden and then Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre until he was defeated by a narrow margin in the 2000 federal election.[4]

Solomon served as fulltime Chair of the Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board from 2001 to 2008 and has served as a Board Director for Tiberius Gold Corp and Conexus Credit Union after earning his professional Chartered Director's designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.


  1. ^ a b c John Lewis Solomon – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ "Chairman replaced at Saskatchewan WCB". CBC News. March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ Quiring, Brett (2004). Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present. Canadian Plains Research Center Press. pp. 213–4. ISBN 0889771650. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  4. ^ "History of Federal Ridings since 1867". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
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