|Preceded by||Arthur Wishart|
|Succeeded by||Russ Ramsay|
|Constituency||Sault Ste. Marie|
|Born||September 26, 1929|
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
|Died||September 25, 1978 (aged 48)|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Vivian Louise Shook|
John Reginald Rhodes (September 26, 1929 – September 25, 1978) was a broadcaster and politician from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1971 to 1978. He died while still in office on a trip to the Middle East in 1978.
Rhodes was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the son of John Francis Rhodes, and educated there. In 1955, he married Vivian Louise Shook. Rhodes was a popular radio and television personality on CJIC in the 1960s.
Rhodes was elected as an MPP in the 1971 provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie. served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. In 1974 he was appointed to cabinet as the Transportation and Communications. As Minister of Transportation he was not safety minded as he opposed a seat belt law and helmets for moped drivers. He also cared more for frustrated car drivers in Toronto as he allowed the paving of the Spadina Expressway from Lawrence to Eglinton.
He died in Tehran, Iran in 1978. He had just arrived from Cairo, Egypt after attending trade talks when he experienced a massive heart attack. He was 49 years old. Both opposition leaders lauded Rhodes after learning of his death. Liberal Stuart Smith called Rhodes "one of the ablest and warmly human members." New Democrat Michael Cassidy said, he was an "engaging fellow who played the political game with an enormous amount of gusto. He enjoyed respect from all sides of the house."
|Ontario provincial government of Bill Davis|
|Cabinet posts (3)|
|Claude Bennett||Minister of Industry and Tourism
|Bob Welch||Minister of Housing
|Gordon Carton||Transportation and Communications
He was named posthumously to the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame in September 2007. The John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was also named after him. The John Rhodes Community Centre is a facility for hosting sporting events and other tourism related activities. Algoma University also presents an annual scholarship named in Rhodes' memory. In 1981, the John. R. Rhodes Driver Examination Centre in Malton, Ontario was opened. It was demolished in 2004 and moved to nearby Brampton, Ontario.
- PG Normandin. Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1977.
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- Dunlop, Marilyn (February 27, 1974). "The new cabinet lines up like this". The Toronto Star. p. A3.
- Lancashire, David (September 26, 1978). "Rhodes dies during visit to Mideast". The Globe and Mail. p. 1.
- "Davis rebuffs Rhodes after appointing him housing portfolio". The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1975. pp. 1, 2.
- Williamson, Robert (January 23, 1978). "Scrivener's removal from Cabinet, Baetz posting to cause most talk". The Globe and Mail. p. 5.
- "4 added to Walk of Fame". Sault Star, June 2010.