John Lynch-Staunton

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John Lynch-Staunton (born June 19, 1930 in Montreal) is a former Canadian senator and was the first leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He represented the Senate Division of (Grandville)

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Lynch-Staunton was educated at Collège Stanislas and Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal. He then obtained a B.Sc. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1953, and did graduate work towards a Master's Degree in Canadian History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario 1953-1955. He was appointed to the Senate by Brian Mulroney on September 23, 1990, representing the Senatorial Division of Grandville. The following year, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, and became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in December, 1993 following the Liberal victory in that year's general election.

On December 8, 2003, with the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada ratified by both parties, Lynch-Staunton served as interim leader of the new Conservative Party of Canada until the election of Stephen Harper in March 2004. He remained Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until September 30 2004 and retired from parliament when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on June 19, 2005.

Lynch-Staunton has been married to Juliana deKuyper since 1958, and has five children (Mark, Peter, Gabrielle, Sophie and Sean) and four grandchildren (Caitlin, Connor, Harry and Juliana).


Preceded by:
Léopold Langlois, Liberal
Senator for Grandville
1990-2005
Succeeded by:
not chosen yet
Preceded by:
Party created as the result of merger by the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties. Leaders were Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper respectively
Conservative Party Leaders
2003-2004
Succeeded by:
Stephen Harper

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