Nick Leluk

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Nick Leluk
Ontario MPP
In office
1975–1987
Preceded by John Palmer MacBeth
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency York West
In office
1971–1975
Preceded by George Ben
Succeeded by John Palmer MacBeth
Constituency Humber
Personal details
Born (1935-02-23)February 23, 1935
Hillcrest, Alberta
Died February 9, 1998(1998-02-09) (aged 62)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Pharmacist

Nicholas George Leluk (February 23, 1935 – February 9, 1998) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1971 to 1987, and was a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative governments of Bill Davis and Frank Miller.

Background[edit]

Leluk was born in Hillcrest, Alberta, and educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He worked as a pharmacist, and was executive assistant to the registrar of the Ontario College of Pharmacists from 1961 to 1969. Leluk was both a freemason and a Knight of Malta. He also served as President of the Ontario Tae Kwon-Do Association from 1974 to 1983, and was a founding executive director of the Council on Drug Abuse.

Politics[edit]

Leluk was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1971 provincial election, in the Etobicoke constituency of Humber.[1] He was re-elected for York West in the elections of 1975,[2] 1977,[3] and 1981.[4] He was named Minister of Correctional Services in Bill Davis's government on April 10, 1981.[5] Leluk supported Frank Miller to succeed Davis in January 1985,[6] and was retained in his portfolio when Miller became Premier of Ontario on February 8, 1985.[7]

He was narrowly re-elected in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Leonard Braithwaite by 715 votes.[8] The Progressive Conservatives were reduced to a tenuous minority government in this election. Leluk was named Minister of Citizenship and Culture on May 17, 1985,[9] but accomplished little in this position before the Miller government was defeated by a motion of non-confidence in June 1985.

Leluk served as an opposition member for two years, and did not run for re-election in 1987. He died in 1998.

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Frank Miller
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Susan Fish Minister of Citizenship and Culture
1985 (May–June)
Lily Munro
Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Gordon Walker Minister of Corrections
1981–1985
Don Cousens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  3. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto". The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario). p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ Speirs, Rosemary (April 10, 1981). "Norton gets Environment as Davis shuffles Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. p. 1. 
  6. ^ French, Orland (October 24, 1984). "Take a look at the team". The Globe and Mail. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "The Ontario Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. February 9, 1985. p. 4. 
  8. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "The new Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. May 18, 1985. p. 11. 

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