Bob Kaplan

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Bob Kaplan
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Don Valley
In office
June 25, 1968 – October 29, 1972
Preceded byRiding created
Succeeded byJames Gillies
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for York Centre
In office
July 8, 1974 – October 24, 1993
Preceded byJames Edgar Walker
Succeeded byArt Eggleton
Personal details
Robert Philip Kaplan

(1936-12-27)December 27, 1936
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedNovember 5, 2012(2012-11-05) (aged 75)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Resting placeBeth Tzedec Memorial Park
Political partyLiberal
SpouseEstherelke Tanenbaum Kaplan (1940-2009)
RelationsMichael Kaplan (brother)
ChildrenJennifer Mia Kaplan, John David Kaplan, Raquel Katherine Shulman
Parent(s)Solomon Charles and Pearl (Grafstein) Kaplan
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationPolitician, lawyer
CabinetSolicitor General of Canada (1980-1984)
PortfolioParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (1976-1977)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (1975-1976)

Robert Philip "Bob" Kaplan, PC QC (December 27, 1936 – November 5, 2012) was a Canadian politician and lawyer.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, to Solomon and Pearl Kaplan and brother of Michael Kaplan. Kaplan attended and graduated from Forest Hill Collegiate after spending one year at Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute[1] in Toronto and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1958 and an LL.B in 1961 from the University of Toronto. In 1963, he was called to the Ontario Bar.

He was first elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Don Valley in 1968, beating the Progressive Conservative candidate, Dalton Camp. He lost to the PC candidate, Jim Gillies, in the 1972 election. For the 1974 election, he switched ridings to York Centre and won by over 16,000 votes. In 1978, he failed to implement Bill C-215, which would have stripped Canadians of their citizenship if they had been convicted of war crimes.[2]

He was re-elected in the 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988 elections. He was the Solicitor General of Canada from 1980 to 1984 and oversaw the creation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Security Intelligence Review Committee and the termination of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service.[3] Kaplan was also responsible for bringing in the Young Offenders Act in 1984 which established 12 as the minimum age for criminal charges, brought in shorter sentences for most offenders under the age of 18 and banned the publication of youths charged or convicted of criminal acts in most circumstances.[4] He also pressed for and oversaw the extradition of Helmut Rauca to West Germany for war crimes.[5]

After leaving politics in 1993, Kaplan served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Canada and was awarded the Order of Kazakhstan by its president in recognition of his service to the Republic. He was a director of PetroKazakhstan Inc., Platexco Inc., and Rex Diamond Mining Corp. In 2004, he joined the Board of Directors of European Goldfields, a Canadian-based resource company involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties in Romania and the Balkans.[4]

Kaplan died on November 5, 2012, at the age of 75 from cancer.[4]


There is a Robert Kaplan fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[6]


  1. ^ "The Web site cannot be found".
  2. ^ McCormack, Timothy. "The Law of War Crimes", 1997, p. 152
  3. ^ MacKrael, Kim (November 5, 2012). "Robert Kaplan, father of CSIS, dies at age 75". Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Kraft, Frances (November 13, 2012). "Former solicitor general 'made a big difference'". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Farber, Bernie (November 6, 2012). "Robert Kaplan fought to uncover Nazis in Canada". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Robert (Bob) Kaplan fonds, Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved September 18, 2020.

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