Charles MacNaughton

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Charles MacNaughton
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Thomas Pryde
Succeeded by Jack Riddell
Constituency Huron
Personal details
Born (1911-05-15)May 15, 1911
Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
Died November 20, 1987(1987-11-20) (aged 76)
Exeter, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Seed distributor

Charles Steel MacNaughton (May 15, 1911 – November 20, 1987) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1958 to 1973 who represented the central Ontario riding of Huron. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of John Robarts and Bill Davis.


McNaughton was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan in 1911 and grew up and lived in Brandon, Manitoba, where he worked in the seed industry, before moving to Exeter, Ontario in 1944 as a seed distributor.[1] He was a founding member of the South Huron Hospital in Exeter and served as a member of the South Huron District High School Board for nine years, including two as chairman.

McNaughton died in Exeter on November 20, 1987.[1] He was married to Adeline M. W. Fulcher (1913–1997)[2] and was survived by son, the late John MacNaughton (d. 2013), a Toronto investment banker[3] and Heather MacNaughton. MacNaughton is buried in the Exeter Cemetery, Huron County, Ontario. MacNaughton Park and MacNaughton-Morrison section of South Huron Trail are named for the former MPP.[4]


MacNaughton ran as the PC candidate in a by-election held on May 12, 1958. He defeated his Liberal opponent J.A. Addison by 1,197 votes.[5] He was re-elected four times before retiring in 1973.

On October 25, 1962 he was appointed as Minister of Highways.[6] In this position he oversaw the completion of Highway 401 and its expansion of six lanes and more in some places.[7] On November 25, 1966 he was appointed as Treasurer of Ontario.[8]

When Bill Davis became Premier in 1971 he returned MacNaughton to the Transportation portfolio.[9]

MacNaughton retired from politics in January, 1973 and Davis appointed him as chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission.[10]

Cabinet posts[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Darcy McKeough Treasurer of Ontario
John White
Darcy McKeough Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
John White
George Gomme Minister of Transportation and Communications
Gordon Carton
Ontario Provincial Government of John Robarts
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
New position Minister of Revenue
1968 (July-October)
John White
James Allan Treasurer of Ontario
Also Treasury Board chair
John White
Bill Goodfellow Minister of Highways
George Gomme


  1. ^ a b "Charles MacNaughton fonds". Archives Canada. 1977. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Charles Steel MacNaughton". Find a Grave. September 18, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Canadian investment banker and visionary John MacNaughton dies at 67". Toronto Star. February 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Conservation Dinner News:20th Anniversary Conservation Dinner big success thanks to donors, patrons, volunteers". Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. April 6, 2009. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kinmond, William (May 13, 1958). "Conservatives Sweep All Four By-Elections". The Globe and Mail. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "New Members of Ontario's Cabinet Pleased, Hopeful". The Globe and Mail. October 26, 1962. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Ex-minister had clout in Ontario Tory circles". The Globe and Mail. November 19, 1987. p. A23. 
  8. ^ "A younger looking Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. November 25, 1966. p. 6. 
  9. ^ Manthorpe, Jonathan; Slinger, John (March 2, 1971). "Changes in policies promised: Davis priorities to include environment and jobless". The Globe and Mail. p. 1. 
  10. ^ "MacNaughton named new ORC chairman, succeeding Wallace". The Globe and Mail. March 29, 1973. p. 51. 

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