Ernest Halpenny

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George Ernest Halpenny, PC (June 14, 1903 - May 10, 1974) was a Canadian politician.

A chemist by training, Halpenny was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1957 federal election that brought John Diefenbaker to power. Elected as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for London, Halpenny was appointed by Diefenbaker as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare in 1957. In 1960, he was promoted to Cabinet as minister without portfolio and in 1962 he was promoted to Secretary of State for Canada.

After winning three successive elections, Halpenny did not run in the 1963 federal election and retired from public life.


Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Robert Weld Mitchell, Progressive Conservative
Member of Parliament from London
Succeeded by
Jack Irvine, Progressive Conservative