Jacques Flynn

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The Hon.
Jacques Flynn
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Quebec South
In office
1958–1962
Preceded by Frank Power
Succeeded by Jean-Charles Cantin
Senator for Rougemont, Quebec
In office
1962–1990
Appointed by John Diefenbaker
Preceded by Henri Courtemanche
Succeeded by John Sylvain
Personal details
Born (1915-08-22)August 22, 1915
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Died September 21, 2000(2000-09-21) (aged 85)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation lawyer

Jacques Flynn, PC OC QC (August 22, 1915 – September 21, 2000) was a Canadian politician and Senator.

Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the grandson of the Premier of Quebec Edmund James Flynn, he graduated in law from Université Laval in and was called to the Quebec Bar both in 1939.

A Progressive Conservative, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons in the 1957 election. He won the riding of Quebec South in the 1958 election when John George Diefenbaker led the PC Party to a landslide victory.

Flynn became Deputy Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons in 1960. In December 1961, Prime Minister Diefenbaker brought Flynn into the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys, a position he held until losing his seat in the 1962 election that reduced the Conservatives to a minority government. Later that year, he was appointed to the Senate.

Flynn served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1967 until the 1979 election that brought the Tories back to power. Prime Minister Joe Clark brought Flynn into Cabinet as Minister of Justice. It was unusual for a Senator to hold such a senior cabinet portfolio, but as the Conservatives were elected with virtually no representation from Quebec, it was necessary to attempt to achieve regional balance in Cabinet by appointing Senators to the body.

With the defeat of the Clark government in the 1980 election, Flynn returned to the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. He continued in that role until 1984. He remained in the Upper House until his retirement in 1990.

In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Walter Dinsdale
Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys
1961-1962
Succeeded by
Hugh Flemming
Preceded by
Alfred Johnson Brooks
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
1967–1979
Succeeded by
Ray Perrault
Preceded by
Ray Perrault
Leader of the Government in the Senate
1979-1980
Succeeded by
Ray Perrault
Preceded by
Marc Lalonde
Minister of Justice
1979-1980
Succeeded by
Jean Chrétien
Preceded by
Ray Perrault
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Allan MacEachen