Andy Brandt

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Andy Brandt
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Paul Blundy
Succeeded by Bob Huget
Constituency Sarnia
Interim Leader of the
Ontario PC Party
In office
Preceded by Larry Grossman
Succeeded by Mike Harris
63rd Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario
In office
Preceded by Paul Blundy
Succeeded by Marceil Saddy
City Alderman, Sarnia, Ontario
In office
Personal details
Born (1938-06-11) June 11, 1938 (age 78)
London, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Profession Public administrator

Andrew S. "Andy" Brandt (born June 11, 1938) is a former politician and public administrator who has served in a number of roles in the province of Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Progressive Conservative from 1981 to 1990, and was a cabinet minister in the governments of Bill Davis and Frank Miller. He later served as interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party from 1987 to 1990 before being appointed as chairman and CEO of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.


Brandt was born June 11, 1938, in London, Ontario. Brandt was educated at the University of Waterloo, and was a businessman and musician before entering political life.


He ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 federal election as a Progressive Conservative, but lost to Liberal Bud Cullen by 1,465 votes in Sarnia—Lambton.[1] Brandt served as an alderman in Sarnia from 1971 to 1974, and as mayor of the city from 1975 to 1980.

He ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1977 provincial election, but lost to Liberal Paul Blundy by 257 votes in Sarnia.[2] He ran again in the 1981 election and defeated Blundy by 3,029 votes, as the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government under Bill Davis.[3] After serving as a parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Labour, Brandt was promoted to cabinet on July 6, 1983, as Minister of the Environment.[4]

Brandt was originally neutral in the Progressive Conservative Party's 1985 leadership convention, but surprised delegates by endorsing Frank Miller from the convention podium. When Miller became Premier of Ontario on February 8, 1985, he appointed Brandt as his Minister of Industry and Trade.[5] Brandt was easily returned in the 1985 provincial election.[6] The Progressive Conservatives were reduced to a minority government, however, and soon lost a vote of confidence in the legislature. In opposition, Brandt served as his party's critic for Environment and Industry.

The 1987 provincial election proved disastrous for the Progressive Conservative Party, which was reduced to only sixteen seats out of 130 in the legislature. Brandt defeated Liberal Joan Link-Mellon by 2,601 votes.[7] Party leader Larry Grossman was defeated in his own riding so Brandt was selected as interim leader on November 3, 1987, and held the position until Mike Harris was chosen as full-time leader on May 12, 1990. Brandt did not run in the 1990 election.

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Frank Miller
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Frank Miller Minister of Industry and Trade
1985 (February–June)
Hugh O'Neil
Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Keith Norton Minister of Environment
Morley Kells

LCBO chairman[edit]

In 1991, Bob Rae appointed Brandt as chairman and CEO of the LCBO, the agency that owns and operates Ontario's publicly owned liquor stores. He was reappointed to the position four times by Rae, Harris and Ernie Eves, retaining the position for fifteen years, and remains the longest serving chair and CEO in LCBO history. He was noted for modernizing the LCBO's operations as well as convincing the provincial government not to privatize the service. He was accused of accepting inappropriate luxury trips in 1999, but was defended in the legislature and was soon after reappointed to a fourth term as chair and CEO.

In 2000, Brandt supported Stockwell Day for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance on the second ballot of the newly formed party's leadership contest.[8]

Brandt retired as LCBO chairman on February 5, 2006, after fifteen years at the helm. During his time in the position, annual sales went from $1.8 billion in 1991 to a projected $3.6 billion in 2006.[9]


  1. ^ "How the party candidates fared across the country". The Toronto Star. July 9, 1974. p. A12. 
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ Speirs, Rosemary; Stead, Sylvia; Cruikshank, John (July 6, 1983). "Shuffle gives Treasury job to Grossman". The Globe and Mail. pp. 1, 2. 
  5. ^ "The Ontario Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. February 9, 1985. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  8. ^ Regina Leader Post, 28 June 2000.
  9. ^ Toronto Star, January 14, 2006.

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