John Lynch-Staunton

John George Lynch - Staunton ( born June 19, 1930 in Montreal, † August 17 2012 in the province of Alberta) was a Canadian politician and senator. He was provisionally Party Leader of the Conservative Party.


Background and early political career

Lynch - Staunton was born in 1930 in Montreal, where he attended the Collège Stanislas and the Collège Jean -de- Brébeuf. He received his bachelor's degree in 1953 in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and made from 1953 to 1955 with a Masters in Canadian history at Queen 's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Lynch - Staunton married in 1958 Juliana de Kuyper and was the father of five children.

In 1960 he was elected as a member of the Parti civique de Montréal in the City Council of Montreal and 1962, 1966 and 1970, re-elected. He was defeated in 1968 in a by-election for the National Assembly of Quebec.


Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Lynch - Staunton 1990 Senator, where he was Deputy Group Leader of the Government in the following year, and after the general election in 1993 exercised the office of the opposition leader. He held this office until September 2004 and retired in June 2005 from the Parliament, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 years.

Acting Chairman of the Conservative Party

On 8 December 2003 Lynch - Staunton was appointed acting chairman of the Conservative Party after it emerged from a merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party.