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Colin Cameron was born in England and immigrated to Canada where he began sheep farming and industrial labour on Vancouver Island in the early 1920s. He first ran for provincial office in 1937 for the CCF and retained his Nanaimo seat as MLA until 1953. Cameron was MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan from 1953 to 1958 and 1962 to 1968. Until his death in 1968 he remained an acclaimed financial critic for the CCF and NDP as well as a specialist in federal external affairs.