Walter D. Baker ’50

Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1930, Walter was a Canadian parliamentarian and a lawyer.  He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1972 and was re-elected three times. He was the Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition from 1973 to 1976. Later, he was the Official Opposition House Leader. Walter was the Minister of National Revenue and President of the Privy Council from 1979 to 1980.  He was also the Government House Leader in 1979. The Ottawa area Walter Baker Sportsplex is evidence of the high regard in which he was held.  A successful fundraising campaign, sparked by his popularity with the public and the Albert College alumni, resulted in the building of the Walter Baker Centre. Two significant scholarships are bestowed at Carleton University in his honour. Walter passed away on November 13, 1983 at the age of 53.