John George Lynch-Staunton (June 19, 1930 – August 17, 2012) was a Canadian senator, who served as interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, from December 2003 to March 2004. He represented the Senate division of Grandville, Quebec.
|Senator for Grandville, Quebec|
September 23, 1990 – June 19, 2005
|Preceded by||Léopold Langlois|
|Succeeded by||Andrée Champagne|
|Leader of the Conservative Party |
December 8, 2003 – March 20, 2004
|Preceded by||New Position|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Harper|
John George Lynch-Staunton|
June 19, 1930
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 17, 2012 (aged 82)|
Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada
|Political party||Conservative Party of Canada|
|Progressive Conservative Party of Canada|
|Spouse(s)||Juliana de Kuyper (1958–2012; his death)|
Georgetown University (BSc)|
Queen's University (MA)
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Lynch-Staunton was educated at Collège Stanislas and Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal. He obtained a B.Sc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1953, and did graduate work towards a Master's Degree in Canadian History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, from 1953 to 1955.
Lynch-Staunton married Juliana de Kuyper in 1958. The couple had five children: Mark, Peter, Gabrielle, Sophie and Sean. Lynch-Staunton has 9 grandchildren, Caitlin, Harrison, Connor, Juliana, Aidan, Jaryd, Monique, Jack and Matthew.
Lynch-Staunton was elected to the City Council of Montreal in 1960. He represented the district of Côte-des-Neiges and was a member of Mayor Jean Drapeau's Parti civique de Montréal. He was re-elected in 1962, 1966 and 1970. Mayor Drapeau appointed him to the Executive Committee as Vice Chairman. In 1974 he lost his bid for re-election to Nick Auf der Maur as the Rassemblement des citoyens et citoyennes de Montréal (RCM) achieved its first political breakthrough.
Lynch-Staunton was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on September 23, 1990. The following year, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, and he became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in December 1993 following the Liberal victory in that year's general election. From December 8, 2003, with the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada ratified by both parties, he served as interim leader of the new Conservative Party of Canada until the election of Stephen Harper in March 2004. He remained Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until September 30, 2004, and retired from Parliament when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on June 19, 2005.
- Stanstead council seat win in 2009
- Solyom, Catherine (2012-08-18). "First leader of the Conservative Party of Canada dies at 82". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Former Conservative Senator John Lynch-Staunton dead at 82". The Canadian Press. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
|Parliament of Canada|
| Senator for Grandville
Royce Herbert Frith
| Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
Noël A. Kinsella
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Conservative Party