Allan Frederick Lawrence
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Russell Honey|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Preceded by||Dana Porter|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Campbell|
|Born||November 8, 1925|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||September 6, 2008 (aged 82)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Allan Frederick Lawrence, Canadian politician and served as both a provincial and federal cabinet minister.(November 8, 1925 – September 6, 2008) was a
After practicing as a lawyer, Lawrence became a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. His membership started when he won a 1958 provincial by-election in the downtown Toronto riding of St. George for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. In 1968, Premier John Robarts brought him into cabinet as Minister of Mines.
He ran to succeed Robarts as party leader at the 1971 leadership convention. Lawrence lost to Bill Davis by 44 votes on the fourth ballot. Davis reunited the party by inviting many of Lawrence's key workers, including Hugh Segal and Norman K. Atkins, onto his team to create the Big Blue Machine that helped the party remain in power for a further 14 years.
|Ontario provincial government of Bill Davis|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|New position||Provincial Secretary for Justice
|Arthur Wishart||Attorney General
Also Minister of Justice
|Ontario provincial government of John Robarts|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|George Wardrope||Minister of Mines and Northern Affairs
Titled as Minister of Mines from 1968 to 1970.
Lawrence was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1972 federal election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the rural Ontario riding of Northumberland—Durham. He served as an MP throughout the decade.
When the party won the 1979 federal election, Prime Minister Joe Clark appointed Lawrence to the Cabinet as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Solicitor-General. The Clark government fell in a motion of no confidence after several months and was defeated in the 1980 election. Lawrence was re-elected in his riding and returned to the opposition benches.
- Canadian Press (May 13, 1958). "Conservatives sweep All Four By-elections". Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. 1.
- Manthorpe, Jonathan; Slinger, John (March 2, 1971). "Changes in policies promised: Davis priorities to include environment and jobless". The Globe and Mail. p. 1.
- "How the 1,117 candidates fared across Canada". The Toronto Star. October 31, 1972. p. 15.
- "Federal general election results listed riding-by-riding". The Ottawa Citizen. February 19, 1987. pp. 29–30.
- "How Canada voted". The Globe and Mail. September 5, 1984. pp. 14–15.