James Allan (Canadian politician)

James Noble Allan (November 13, 1894 – May 9, 1992) was a Canadian politician in Ontario. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1951 to 1975. He represented the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of Leslie Frost.

James Allan
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byCharles Martin
Succeeded byGord Miller
Personal details
James Noble Allan

(1894-11-13)November 13, 1894
Canborough, Ontario, Canada
DiedMay 9, 1992(1992-05-09) (aged 97)
Dunnville, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative


Allan was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the years 1966 and 1967. He also held a Bachelor of Science degree. He died in 1992 at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital.[1]


Allan served as Mayor of Dunnville and Warden of Haldimand County along with various other municipal posts.[2]

In the 1951 provincial election, Allan ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk. He defeated Liberal Elmo Riddle by 2,455 votes.[3] He was re-elected five more times before losing to Liberal Gord Miller in 1975.[4]

In 1955, he was appointed by Ontario Premier Leslie Frost to the cabinet as Minister of Highways. At the time, this was the government's largest department, and Allan oversaw a budget of $200 million. He was in charge of 8,000 employees. During his term, 10,000 miles of highways were built.

In 1958, Allan became Frost's finance minister, and introduced the province's first sales tax, nicknamed the "Frost bite" at a rate of 3%. When Frost retired, Allan ran in the 1961 PC leadership convention, placing fourth.

Allan had the title of Treasurer in the new cabinet of John Robarts until 1966 when he entered semi-retirement at the age of 71 and became a minister without portfolio. He was the last Ontario finance minister to report a budget surplus until the late 1990s. He retired from cabinet altogether in 1968, although he kept his seat in the legislature until retiring from politics altogether following his defeat in the 1975 election.

From 1967 until 1988, Allan served as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission. On his 90th birthday the Burlington Skyway Bridge was officially renamed the "Burlington Bay James N. Allan Skyway".

Cabinet postsEdit

Ontario provincial government of John Robarts
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Robert Macaulay Minister of Economics and Development
1963 (May–October)
Stan Randall
New position Treasurer of Ontario
Charles MacNaughton
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister without portfolio
Ontario provincial government of Leslie Frost
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Leslie Frost Minister, Department of Economics
Position abolished
William Griesinger Minister of Public Works
1958 (May–December)
Ray Connell
George Doucett Minister of Highways
Fred Cass


  1. ^ "Deaths: James N. Allan". The Globe and Mail. May 11, 1992. p. A10.
  2. ^ "Who's who in Canada: An Illustrated Biographical Record of Men and Women of ... - Hugh Fraser - Google Books". 2001-09-21. Retrieved 2016-08-08 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Canadian Press (November 22, 1951). "Complete Ontario Vote". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12.

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