George Doucett

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George Doucett
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lanark
In office
1957–1965
Preceded by William Gourlay Blair
Succeeded by Desmond Code
Ontario MPP
In office
1937–1957
Preceded by John Alexander Craig
Succeeded by George Gomme
Constituency Lanark
Personal details
Born (1897-05-16)May 16, 1897
Ramsay Township, Ontario
Died May 1, 1974(1974-05-01) (aged 76)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Mona Middleton

George Henry Doucett (May 16, 1897 – May 1, 1974) was a Canadian politician. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1937 to 1957 and a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1957 to 1965. He represented the provincial and federal ridings of Lanark in eastern Ontario. He was a member of cabinet in the provincial governments of George Drew, Thomas Kennedy and Leslie Frost. He has the distinction of being the last Canadian federal Member of Parliament to be acclaimed into office.

Background[edit]

Doucett was born in Ramsay Township located in Lanark County, Ontario, the son of Joseph Doucett Martha Irwin, he was a farmer and insurance broker before entering politics. He was married to Mona Dickinson in 1965 at the age of 68 while Mona was 60.[1]

Politics[edit]

At the age of 21 he was elected as a township councillor of the Ramsay Council. In 1928, he was elected reeve and was elected Warden of Lanark County in 1935.

In 1937, he was elected to the Ontario Legislature representing the riding of Lanark.[2] A member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, he was re-elected in 1943, 1945, 1948, 1951, and 1955. From 1943 to 1951, he was the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Highways.

Upon the death of the federal Member of Parliament for Lanark, William Gourlay Blair, in 1957, Doucett resigned from the Ontario Legislature and was acclaimed as a Member of Parliament in a 1957 by-election.[3] He was re-elected in 1958, 1962, and 1963. He did not run in 1965.

Cabinet posts[edit]

Provincial Government of Leslie Frost
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Thomas McQuesten Minister of Highways
1943-1955
James N. Allan
Thomas McQuesten Minister of Public Works
1943-1951
Fletcher Stewart Thomas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doucett's wife businesswoman from Toronto". The Globe and Mail. December 1, 1965. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Ontario Voted By Ridings". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. October 7, 1937. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Acclamation For Doucett; PCs Now 112". The Globe and Mail. August 27, 1957. p. 1. 

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