Ed Broadbent

(1936 – )

Ed Broadbent was the leader of the New Democratic Party between 1975 and 1989.


Broadbent lived with his wife Lucille at 450 Laurier Ave. E. between 1980 and 1992, leading the federal New Democratic Party for most of that time. During his years as leader, he endured a grueling travel schedule, the loss of both his parents (to whom he felt very close), attacks on his leadership and bruising internal party debates over the constitution. “Ambitious, tough, demanding and driven” (Steed, 1988), he endured the slings and arrows of politics and, in 1988, led the NDP to its largest parliamentary delegation (43) up to that point. At home, he liked to relax with a book and listen to classical music with his wife.