Cyril Lloyd Francis
|30th Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada|
January 16, 1984 – November 4, 1984
|Governor General||Jeanne Sauvé|
|Prime Minister||Pierre Trudeau
|Preceded by||Jeanne Sauvé|
|Succeeded by||John Bosley|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ottawa West
February 18, 1980 – September 4, 1984
|Preceded by||Ken Binks|
|Succeeded by||David Daubney|
July 8, 1974 – May 22, 1979
|Preceded by||Peter Reilly|
|Succeeded by||Ken Binks|
June 25, 1968 – October 30, 1972
|Preceded by||George McIlraith|
|Succeeded by||Peter Reilly|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
April 8, 1963 – November 8, 1965
|Preceded by||Dick Bell|
|Succeeded by||Dick Bell|
March 19, 1920|
|Died||January 20, 2007(aged 86)|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
Following service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Francis earned a Master of Arts (MA) and doctorate (Ph.D) in economics, and lectured in the discipline from 1948 to 1951 at the University at Buffalo. He then joined the Department of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa as a senior economist.
In 1956, Francis and partner, lawyer Donald Sim, carrying on business as Lynhar Developments, acquired and laid out the Stinson Avenue area of Bells Corners in Nepean. They quickly formed a partnership with William Teron, T.F.S. Lands, to build the houses in Lynwood Village.
The Lynwood Plaza at Bells Corners was built by Francis and Sim’s Lynhar Developments and included what would become the landmark Robinson IGA.
Long time Nepean Reeve D. Aubrey Moodie, in his book, “The Spirit of Nepean” described Francis as one of the contributors to the foundation of Nepean. Moodie explains about the introduction of lot levies, now known as development charges, and how they contributed to the financial stability of Nepean Township. It was the transfer of large sums of money in the form of lot levies, along with Francis and Teron's aggressive development activity that enabled much of Nepean's Parkwood Hills and Bells Corners neighbourhoods to be built. To the pleasure of some and the disdain of others, Mr. Francis was one of a list of individuals credited with the introduction of lot levies as a development finance tool that is relied upon to this day to fund infrastructure commensurate with new residential developments.
In 1958, Francis became President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, a union representing civil servants in certain professions. In 1959, he entered municipal politics by being elected alderman on Ottawa City Council. From 1960 to 1963, he served on the city's Board of Control and as Deputy Mayor.
He entered federal politics as a Liberal candidate in the 1962 election but was defeated in the Ottawa-area riding of Carleton. His electoral record was mixed throughout his career and he would only win election on alternate attempts. Accordingly, he served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Carleton from 1963 to 1965 and then for Ottawa West in 1968–1972, 1974–1979 and 1980–1984. In his autobiography, Ottawa Boy, Francis described his anger when, in 1974, Liberal Party insiders tried to "parachute" in an alternate candidate, Byron Hyde, a politically inexperienced outsider, to run against him, to be the Liberal Party candidate for his riding.
He served as Chief Government Whip from 1970 to 1971 and then as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs until he was defeated in the 1972 election. After he returned to Parliament in the 1974 election, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board from 1975 to 1976.
On the conclusion of his term as Speaker, Francis was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. In late 1984, the new Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, appointed Francis to the position of Ambassador to Portugal. Francis returned to Ottawa at the conclusion of his appointment in 1987.
He died in January 2007, after suffering from stomach cancer.
- CBC, Former Ottawa MP, Speaker Lloyd Francis dies, January 22, 2007.
- Ottawa Citizen, 'He taught us the duty of public service', January 22, 2007.
- Biography of Cyril Lloyd Francis from the Library of Parliament.
- Lloyd Francis – Parliament of Canada biography
|Chief Government Whip
|Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons
April 14, 1980 – January 15, 1984
|Canadian Ambassador to Portugal
Geoffrey Franklin Bruce