John Lynch-Staunton dies in Al­berta

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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