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James Robert Laxer also known as Jim Laxer was born on 22 December 1941 and died in February 2018.
He was Canadian political economist and professor at York University.
He was the son of Edna May (née Quentin) and Robert Laxer, a psychologist, professor, author, and political activist.
Laxer’ s father was Jewish and his mother was from a Protestant family.
Laxer’s paternal grandfather was a rabbi and his maternal grandfather was a minister.
Laxer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Master of Arts (following approval of his thesis French-Canadian Newspapers and Imperial Defence, 1899–1914 in 1967) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Queen’s University.
He co-wrote and presented the five-part National Film Board documentary series Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada in 1986, which examined Canada’s business and political relationships with the United States and the rest of the world in the dawning era of globalization; a book by Laxer of the same name was also published.
That series won a Gemini Award for best writing in an information series.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation denied his application to air the series due to its critical view of free trade with the United States which was being negotiated at the time, and it aired instead on TVOntario and other educational channels in Canada and the United States.
He died at 76 years old.