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Russell Honey

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Russell Clayton Honey
Honey, c.1968
Member of Parliament
for Durham
In office
June 1962 – June 1968
Preceded byPercy Vivian
Succeeded byriding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Northumberland—Durham
In office
June 1968 – September 1972
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byAllan Lawrence
Personal details
Born(1921-08-28)28 August 1921
Riverhurst, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died7 January 2007(2007-01-07) (aged 85)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Anne Valeria Romano
(m. 25 June 1946)[1] Marrie Lajoie (m.1973-2007)
Professionlawyer, judge

Russell Clayton Honey (28 August 1921 – 7 January 2007) was a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in Riverhurst, Saskatchewan and became a lawyer by career after studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.[1]

Russell served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1940 to 1944 and was released at the request of Trans-Canada Airlines to assist establishing the first trans-Atlantic passenger service.

In 1946 he entered Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 1949. He was the senior partner in the firm Honey, Brooks, Harrison in Port Hope, Ontario and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1965.

After an initial unsuccessful attempt to win the Durham riding in the 1958 federal election, he won that seat in the 1962 election. Honey was re-elected there in 1963 and 1965 and he served as Chairman of the Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture in those years. In 1965 Prime Minister Lester Peasrson appointed him Chairman of the National Liberal Caucus.

The Durham riding changed in the late 1960s to Northumberland—Durham where Honey won re-election in the 1968 election. In 1968 he was Chairman of the Ontario-Trudeau Committee, a group that played a role in the election of Pierre Elliot Trudeau as leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Canada. In the early years of Trudeau's administration he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien (1969–1970). In 1970 Honey was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, a position he held until 1972. Following his defeat in the 1972 election,[2][3] he was appointed a judge in Belleville, Ontario, where he served as a judge of the county court from 1973 to 1989 and a judge of the Ontario Superior Court from 1990 to 1991 when he retired.

In his retirement, Russell Honey researched and wrote and published a history of the Johnston family entitled, The Gentle Johnstons. He died in 2007.

Electoral record[edit]

1965 Canadian federal election: Durham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%}
Liberal Russell Honey 8,017 42.49 -3.73
Progressive Conservative Garnet Rickard 6,725 35.64 -7.21
New Democratic John Anthony Cheyne Ketchum 3,948 20.93 +10.85
Social Credit Wilbur N. Grandall 177 0.94 +0.08
Liberal hold Swing +1.74
1963 Canadian federal election: Durham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%}
Liberal Russell Honey 8,720 46.22 +2.06
Progressive Conservative Garnet Rickard 8,084 42.85 +0.17
New Democratic Eileen Ethel Coutts 1,901 10.08 -2.21
Social Credit Wilbur N. Crandall 161 0.85 -0.02
1962 Canadian federal election: Durham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%}
Liberal Russell Honey 7,971 44.16 +8.63
Progressive Conservative Percy Vivian 7,704 42.68 -13.28
New Democratic Eileen Coutts 2,217 12.28 +3.77
Social Credit Kenneth C. Toms 158 0.88


  1. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G. (1970). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  2. ^ "History of the federal ridings dince 1867: Northumberlans—Durham, Ontario (1968–1979}". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "27 Liberals lose seats in Ontario, 22 to Tories". The Globe and Mail. 31 October 1972.

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