Robert Layton

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Robert Layton

Minister of State for Mines
In office
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lachine
In office
Preceded byRoderick Blaker
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lachine—Lac-Saint-Louis
In office
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byClifford Lincoln
Personal details
Robert Edward John Layton

(1925-12-25)December 25, 1925
Montreal, Quebec
DiedMay 9, 2002(2002-05-09) (aged 76)
Montreal, Quebec
Resting placeWyman United Church, Hudson, Quebec
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s)Doris Elizabeth Steeves
ChildrenJack Layton
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec
Alma materMcGill University
Professionbusiness consultant

Robert Edward John "Bob" Layton, PC (December 25, 1925 – May 9, 2002) was a Canadian politician.

Early career[edit]

Robert Layton was born in Montreal, the son of Norah Lestelle (née England) and former Quebec cabinet minister Gilbert Layton. He graduated from McGill University in 1947. He spent much of his professional career running an engineering consulting business in Montreal, Quebec.

He became a political activist for the Liberal Party of Canada, running unsuccessfully in 1972 for the party's nomination for a seat in the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Vaudreuil.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 1980s, he joined the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and was elected to the Federal Parliament in the 1984 election from the Quebec riding of Lachine, covering suburban communities on the west end of the island of Montreal. He was elected in the general elections of 1984 and 1988, and served as Minister of State for Mines in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from 1984 to 1986, after which he served as National Caucus Chairman until 1993 when he decided to retire from politics after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.


Layton married Doris Elizabeth Steeves, a grand-niece of Father of Confederation William Steeves.

Robert Layton had four children (three sons and a daughter) as well as six grandchildren. His eldest son, Jack Layton, became a leader of the federal New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. His other sons are Rob Layton Jr. and Dave Layton. He is the grandfather of Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton.

Layton died in Toronto and is buried at the Layton family plot in Hudson, Quebec. Some of his son Jack's ashes were scattered at the family plot.

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