John Lynch-Staunton dies in Alberta
Georgeville resident, former Conservative Senator and the first leader of The Conservative Party
of Canada, John Lynch Staunton died on Friday following a heart attack while in Pincher Creek, Alberta for a family reunion.
A dedicated statesman, his long and eventful political life began in municipal politics, as a Montreal city councillor who rose to the city’s Executive Committee during the Drapeau years, and ended in municipal politics: he was elected to a seat on the council of the Township of Stanstead in 2009 and was still serving that community when he died.
Born in Montreal, Mr. Lynch-Staunton went from municipal politics to provincial politics, running for a seat in the National Assembly as a Union
Nationale candidate in 1968 when he was defeated by the Liberal candidate.
In 1990, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney named Mr. Lynch-Staunton to the Senate where he acted as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1993 until 2004. He took his mandatory retirement from the Senate the following year, in 2005, at the age of 75. During that time he was the interim leader of the newly formed Conservative Party of Canada for several months, until Stephen Harper was elected.
John Lynch-Staunton and his wife, Juliana (nee de Kuyper), have five children and eight grand-children. He was 82 when he died.
Senator John LynchStaunton died suddenly while visiting relatives in Alberta on Friday.