John Giles Lethbridge
|Preceded by||John Campbell Elliott|
|Succeeded by||Lloyd William Morgan Freele|
|Leader of the Progressives|
|Preceded by||William Raney|
|Succeeded by||Harry Nixon|
|Born||August 13, 1855|
Fingal, Canada West
|Died||July 1, 1947(aged 91)|
|Political party||United Farmers|
|Spouse(s)||Lydia Jane Tristain (m. 1880)|
John Giles Lethbridge (August 13, 1855 – 1947) was an Ontario farmer and political figure. He represented Middlesex West in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1919 to 1929 as a United Farmers and then Progressive member.
He was born in Fingal, Canada West, the son of George Lethbridge who had come to Canada from England. In 1880, he married Lydian Jane Tristain. A farmer, he was educated at London Commercial College. He was appointed to Master and Secretary of the Dominion Grange, an agrarian advocacy organization.
Following the resignation of William Raney, Lethbridge, at the age of 72, was elected leader of the Progressive Party on November 18, 1927 at a joint meeting of Progressive MPPs and the party executive.
As leader, Lethbridge supported a strong temperance policy in opposition to the liberalization of liquor laws by the government of Howard Ferguson. His leadership could not stop the decline of the party and in the 1929 provincial election the Progressive bloc elected only five MLAs with Lethbridge being one of the casualties.
- "Successor to Mr. Raney Is John G. Lethbridge; Chosen at Conference: West Middlesex Member Is Selected to Lead Pro gressive Group in Legis lature--N ninated b Hon. Harry C. Nixon SUPPORTS POLICY OF PROHIBITION Session of Members Is Held Behind Closed Doors--Former Premier Drury Is at Meeting-- New Leader Favors Gasoline Tax". The Globe. 19 November 1927.
- Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1926, AL Normandin