James Laxer

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James Robert Laxer (22 December 1941 – 23 February 2018), also known as Jim Laxer, was Canadian political economist and professor at York University.[1] He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In 1971, Laxer ran for the leadership of the federal NDP and shocked the convention by winning one-third of the vote against party stalwart David Lewis.

In 1981, he was hired as director of research for the federal NDP, but left in controversy in 1983 when he published a report critiquing the party's economic policies as being "out of date".

Laxer died on 23 February 2018 in Paris, France of a suspected heart attack at the age of 76.[2][3]

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  1. French, Orland (12 January 2002). "Lives of the Intellectual Saints". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. Laxer, Michael (23 February 2018). "The Left Chapter: In Memoriam: James Laxer 1941 - 2018".
  3. CBC News (Feb 25, 2018) [last update: 3:47 PM ET]. "Former politician James Laxer dies at 76 - CBC News". CBC.