Tom Hockin

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Thomas A. "Tom" Hockin, PC (born March 5, 1938) is an academic, businessman and former Canadian politician.

Hockin was born and went to public school in London, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in business, and later attended Harvard University where he graduated with a master's degree in public administration and Ph.D. in political science.

Hockin subsequently joined the political science faculty at fledgling York University where he rose to full professor teaching Canadian politics. In later years, prior to 1981, he was also head master at St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario, and had a business affiliation with Sotheby's auction house. In addition, he was a member of the Ontario Police Commission.

Hockin, who has authored over 30 books, chapters and articles, produced two leading textbooks on Canadian politics in the 1970s: two editions of Apex of Power, first published in 1971, describing the position of the Prime Minister and central agencies in Canadian government, and Government in Canada, published in 1976, an historical overview and political analysis of national political institutions in Canada. Hockin was also a specialist in Canadian parliamentary organization and Canadian foreign policy.

Hockin was the unsuccessful Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1981 by-election held in London West, coming in 900 votes behind the Liberal candidate. Thereafter, he taught in the business school at the University of...
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