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John Lynch-Staunton

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.

John Lynch-Staunton
Senator for Grandville, Quebec
In office
September 23, 1990 – June 19, 2005
Preceded byLéopold Langlois
Succeeded byAndrée Champagne
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
December 8, 2003 – March 20, 2004
Preceded byNew Position
Succeeded byStephen Harper
Personal details
John George Lynch-Staunton

(1930-06-19)June 19, 1930
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedAugust 17, 2012(2012-08-17) (aged 82)
Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada
Political partyConservative Party of Canada
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s)Juliana de Kuyper (1958–2012; his death)
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec
Alma materGeorgetown University (BSc)
Queen's University (MA)


Early years/educationEdit

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 (d: 2013), Peter (d: 2015) [1], Gabrielle, Sophie and Sean. Lynch-Staunton has 9 grandchildren: Caitlin, Harrison, Connor, Juliana, Aidan, Jaryd, Monique, Jack, Matthew and Tyce (b: 2016).

City CouncillorEdit

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.

Provincial politicsEdit

Lynch-Staunton ran as a Union Nationale candidate for a provincial by-election in the district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in 1968. He was defeated by Liberal candidate William Tetley.


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. "Lynch-Staunton's high-road leadership of a Senate majority in opposition to an elected majority government in the Commons is a model for students of Parliament[2] – and for future reference when history repeats itself". 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. {[3]}


Lynch-Staunton won a council seat in Stanstead in the Quebec municipal elections on November 1, 2009.[4]


Lynch-Staunton died on August 17, 2012, following a heart attack while he was at a family reunion in Pincher Creek, Alberta; he was 82 years old.[5][6]


  1. ^ Lynch-Staunton, Peter (December 4, 2015). "Obituary". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ Lynch Staunton, John (September 7, 2012). "The legacy of John Lynch-Staunton". Globe & Mail. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Lynch-Staunton, John (August 18, 2012). "Former Conservative Senator John Lynch-Staunton dead at 82". Canadian Press. CTV News. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Stanstead council seat win in 2009
  5. ^ Solyom, Catherine (2012-08-18). "First leader of the Conservative Party of Canada dies at 82". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Former Conservative Senator John Lynch-Staunton dead at 82". The Canadian Press. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Léopold Langlois
Senator for Grandville
Succeeded by
Andrée Champagne
Government offices
Preceded by
Royce Herbert Frith
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
Succeeded by
Noël A. Kinsella
Party political offices
Preceded by
Party created
Leader of the Conservative Party

Succeeded by
Stephen Harper