James Cooper

James Maxwell Cooper was born in Sudbury on June 17, 1900.  He served in Ontario provincial politics as Sudbury's Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) from October 6, 1937 to June 30, 1943.  He was a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.

During his time in the Legislature, Cooper was one of six Northern Ontario MPP's who absented themselves from a vote to censure the Federal Government for "not prosecuting the war (World War II) with sufficient diligence".

In the year 1950 James Cooper joined George Miller and Bill Plaunt in purchasing the Sudbury Star and CKSO Radio.  The new owners would see their investment grow as their company applied for and obtained a television broadcast license and would launch CKSO TV in October of 1953.  This was not only Sudbury's first television station, but was also Canada's first privately owned station.

Mr. Cooper died on November 29, 1979 in a nursing home.