Jack Johnson (Canadian politician)

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Jack Johnson
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Ted Arnott
Constituency Wellington
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Wellington—Dufferin—Peel
Personal details
Born (1930-08-20)August 20, 1930
Detroit, Michigan
Died June 25, 2009(2009-06-25) (aged 78)
Mount Forest, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Marnie Johnston
Children 3
Residence Fergus, Ontario
Occupation Businessman

John McLellan Johnson (August 20, 1930 – June 25, 2009) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member who served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1990. He represented the ridings of Wellington—Dufferin—Peel and Wellington.


Johnson was educated at Ryerson Polytechnical School in Toronto, and worked as a retail merchant. Johnson married Marie Lynn "Marnie" Johnston in 1951. She died in Mount Forest in September 2008.[1] Together they raised three children.


He was a councillor in the Town of Mount Forest from 1968 to 1973, and mayor from 1973 to 1975.

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Ted Sibbald by 712 votes in the riding of Wellington—Dufferin—Peel.[2] He was re-elected by greater margins in the elections of 1977, 1981 and 1985.[3][4][5] In the 1987 provincial election, he defeated Liberal challenger Bill Benson by 463 votes in the redistributed riding of Wellington.[6]

Johnson served as a backbench supporter of the governments of Bill Davis and Frank Miller from 1975 to 1985. He served as Chair of Caucus 1986-1990 and Deputy Opposition Whip. He did not seek re-election in 1990.

Later life[edit]

Johnson was appointed to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Board of Directors in 2003, during the administration of Conservative Premier Ernie Eves.


  1. ^ "Marnie Johnston: Obituary". Toronto Star. September 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  3. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (March 20, 1981). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 

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