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  'Yukon Erik' Nielsen, former Tory MP, dies at 84
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Last EditedMonsieur  Sep 08, 2008 09:36pm
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News DateSaturday, September 6, 2008 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionErik Nielsen, who served as deputy prime minister in Brian Mulroney's Conservative government, died Thursday at his home in Kelowna, B.C. He was 84.

Nielsen's son Rick told the Canadian Press that his father died suddenly after a massive heart attack.

Known best as "Yukon Erik," Nielsen was the territory's longest-serving MP. He represented the Yukon for the Progressive Conservatives for three decades, from 1957 until he resigned in 1987.

Longtime Yukon political organizers attributed Nielsen's political longevity to his knowledge of his constituents.

"I used to campaign in the Watson Lake when we lived there. … I didn't know anybody, but he knew everybody," Don Cox, a former party president, told CBC News on Friday.
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