Robert Stanbury

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The Honourable
Robert Douglas George (Bob) Stanbury
Member of Parliament
for York—Scarborough
In office
1965–1978
Preceded by Maurice Moreau
Succeeded by Paul McCrossan
Personal details
Born (1929-10-26) October 26, 1929 (age 84)
Exeter, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Residence Burlington, Ontario
Profession Lawyer

Robert Douglas George (Bob) Stanbury, PC, QC (born October 26, 1929) is a Canadian public servant, lawyer and former politician, journalist and corporate executive.

Stanbury was educated at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute and the University of Western Ontario, where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society, before obtaining a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School.

A lawyer by training, Stanbury was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1965 election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for York—Scarborough. After being re-elected in the 1968 election, Stanbury was, in 1969, appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to the Cabinet as minister without portfolio with responsibilities for citizenship and information.

In 1971, he was promoted to Minister of Communications, and in 1972 he became Minister of National Revenue. He also served as a Canadian delegate to three United Nations General Assemblies.

He was re-elected in the 1974 election, but was dropped from Cabinet in the post-election cabinet shuffle. He retired from politics in 1977, resigning his seat in parliament in order to become an executive at Firestone Canada. Ultimately, he became the company's Chief Executive Officer.

Today, Stanbury is a lawyer in the Hamilton, Ontario firm of Inch, Easterbrook and Shaker. He chairs the Ontario panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and is past chair of the Employers’ Council of Ontario. He is a member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and the International Commission of Jurists.

He has also served as President of the Canadian Council for Native Business, a private sector charitable organization linking aspiring aboriginal entrepreneurs and managers with established businesses and financial institution. He has a long-standing interest in Canada's north, serving as a founding member of the Nunavut Arbitration Board, which is empowered to resolve disputes arising out of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and as the territory's Integrity Commissioner.

Stanbury lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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