James Allan (politician)
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|Preceded by||Charles Martin|
|Succeeded by||Gord Miller|
|Born||James Noble Allan
November 13, 1894
Canborough, Ontario, Canada
|Died||May 9, 1992
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
James Noble Allan (November 13, 1894 – May 9, 1992) was a politician in Ontario, Canadian. 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.
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. He was re-elected five more times before losing to Liberal Gord Miller in 1975.
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 when the 1975 election was called.
|Provincial Government of John Robarts|
|Cabinet Posts (3)|
|Robert Macaulay||Minister of Economics and Development
|New position||Treasurer of Ontario
|Minister without portfolio
|Provincial Government of Leslie Frost|
|Cabinet Posts (3)|
|Leslie Frost||Minister, Department of Economics
|William Griesinger||Minister of Public Works
|George Doucett||Minister of Highways