Welland Gemmell

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Welland Gemmell
MPP for Sudbury
In office
June 7, 1948 – June 18, 1954
Preceded by Robert Carlin
Succeeded by Gerry Monaghan
Personal details
Born (1910-10-10)October 10, 1910
Sudbury, Ontario
Died June 18, 1954(1954-06-18) (aged 43)
North Bay, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Sudbury, Ontario

Welland Stewart Gemmell (October 10, 1910 – June 18, 1954) was a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Sudbury in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1948 until his death in 1954.[1]

A member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, Gemmell won the riding in the 1948 election, following a rift in the Sudbury area's labour movement which resulted in vote splitting between incumbent MPP Robert Carlin and a new CCF candidate.[2]

Gemmell was appointed to the cabinet of Leslie Frost, serving as Minister of Mines from May 4, 1949 to June 3, 1952,[3] and thereafter as Minister of Lands and Forests until June 18, 1954.[4] He died of a heart attack at a hotel in North Bay on June 18, 1954.[5]

A byelection was not called to replace Gemmell following his death; the Sudbury riding instead remained vacant until it was won by Gerry Monaghan in the 1955 provincial election.[6]


  1. ^ "Members Elected". The Globe and Mail, June 8, 1948.
  2. ^ "Political Pot-Pourri: $100,000 Sudbury Grant Is Announced by Frost". The Globe and Mail, May 6, 1948.
  3. ^ "Frost Cabinet Sworn In, Few Changes; Gemmell Mines Chief, Blackwell Out". The Globe and Mail, May 5, 1949.
  4. ^ "Gemmell Gets Lands, Cochrane MP Mines As Harold Scott Quits". The Globe and Mail, June 4, 1952.
  5. ^ "Told Friends He Felt Death Near Lands, Forest Minister Gemmell Dies". The Globe and Mail, June 19, 1954.
  6. ^ "J. L Gauthier, MP:: Councils Only Puppets For Frost Government". The Globe and Mail, May 16, 1955.

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