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Robert Philip Kaplan, PC, QC

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Toronto, Toronto Division, ON, Canada
Death: November 5, 2012 (75)
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon Charles Kaplan and Pearl Kaplan
Husband of Estherelke Kaplan
Father of <private> Chown (Kaplan); <private> Kaplan and <private> Shulman (Kaplan)
Brother of <private> Kaplan

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About Bob Kaplan

Robert Philip "Bob" Kaplan, PC, QC (born December 27, 1936) is a former Canadian Cabinet minister and lawyer.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Kaplan 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.

He was re-elected in the 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988 elections. He was the Solicitor General of Canada from 1980 to 1984.

Since leaving politics, he was 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.

He was born in Toronto, Ont. 27 Dec. 1936 the first child of Solomon Charles and Pearl (Grafstein) Kaplan. He graduated from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and University of Toronto with an honours B.A. in Sociology (University College) 1958. He then studied law at University of Toronto Law school LL.B. 1961. He was called to Bar of Ontario in 1963. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years Estherelke, daughter of the late Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum. He will be forever remembered as a loving and inspiring father and larger than life Zaidy by his children: Jennifer Mia Chown (Philip), John David (Julie Lynn Baron), Raquel Katherine Shulman and his 12 beloved grand-chidren: Elisheva Lemel (Benzion) Chaya Sara Lichter (Zechariah), Yosef, David, Aharon Uziel, Michael, Chana Faige, Lucius, Betzalel, Sholom Tzvi, Bayla, and Moshe. A devoted brother to Michael Kaplan (Phyllis).

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December 27, 1936
Toronto, Toronto Division, ON, Canada
November 5, 2012
Age 75
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada