Gordon Blair (politician)

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Duncan Gordon Blair
Member of Parliament
for Grenville—Carleton
In office
June 1968 – September 1972
Succeeded by Walter Baker
Personal details
Born 23 December 1919
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died 14 June 2006(2006-06-14) (aged 86)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan
Profession Lawyer

Duncan Gordon Blair (23 December 1919 – 14 June 2006) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, judge and a Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Blair was educated in Regina before receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1939 and a bachelor of law degree in 1941 from the University of Saskatchewan. He was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1942 and Bar of Ontario in 1952. A 1941 Rhodes Scholar, he attended Exeter College where he studied law and received a bachelor of civil law in 1947. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant with the Irish Regiment of Canada and was wounded in Italy in 1944.

After the war, he served as a foreign service officer with the Department of External Affairs from 1945 to 1947. From 1948 to 1950, he was a partner with the law firm of Francis, Woods, Gauley & Blair. From 1951 to 1952, he was executive assistant to the Minister of Justice. From 1953 to 1975, he was a partner with the law firm of Herridge, Tolmie, Gray, Coyne & Blair in Ottawa. He was created a Queen's Counsel in 1975.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Grenville—Carleton in the 1968 federal election. A Liberal, he was defeated in the 1972 federal election by Walter Baker of the Progressive Conservative party. In 1976, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario where he served until 1994. From 1994 to 1998, he was the grand president of the Royal Canadian Legion.

In 1998, he was made a member of the Order of Canada.


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