Jim Pollock

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Jim Pollock
MPP for Hastings—Peterborough
In office
1981–1990
Preceded by Dave Hobson
Succeeded by Elmer Buchanan
Personal details
Born (1930-07-08) July 8, 1930 (age 84)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Farmer

Jim Pollock (born July 8, 1930) is a retired politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1990.

Background[edit]

Pollock was educated at Rawdon High School, and worked as a farmer before entering politics. He was a reeve of Rawdon Township, and a Warden in the County of Hastings. Pollock was also an active freemason.

Politics[edit]

He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1981 provincial election, defeating Liberal Dave Hobson by just under 3,000 votes in the constituency of Hastings—Peterborough. Elmer Buchanan of the NDP finished third. Pollock was a backbench supporter of Premiers Bill Davis and Frank Miller in the parliament which followed. In 1983, he brought forward a resolution to make the blue jay the official bird of Ontario.

The Progressive Conservatives lost power following the 1985 election, although Pollock actually increased his majority. He was one of only sixteen Progressive Conservatives re-elected in the 1987 election, defeating Liberal Carman Metcalfe and Elmer Buchanan of the NDP.

The Progressive Conservatives made a modest recovery in the 1990 provincial election, although Pollock lost his seat to Buchanan amid a provincial majority government victory for the NDP. Buchanan won the election by 896 votes.

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