William Collings

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William Collings
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Reid Scott
Succeeded by Jack Harris
Constituency Beaches
Personal details
Born (1899-07-06)July 6, 1899
York County, Ontario, Canada
Died March 7, 1961(1961-03-07) (aged 61)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Children 3

William Henry Collings (July 6, 1899 – March 7, 1961) was a Canadian politician, who represented Beaches in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1951 to 1961 as a Progressive Conservative member.[1]


Collings was born in York County, Ontario to Thomas Collings and Elizabeth Ann Mortimore. He was one of the last members of the Orange Lodge to win political office, municipally or provincially. He had two sons and one daughter.



Collings was elected as an Alderman representing Ward 8 on Toronto City Council in 1948. He was re-elected in 1949 but, in 1950, he was unsuccessful in an effort to secure a position on the Toronto Board of Control.


He was elected in the general election in 1951 and was re-elected in the general elections in 1955 and 1959 but died in office halfway through his third term. During his first term in office, he served on variety of Standing Committees and he was elected Chair of two Select Committees - the Select Committee on Election Laws and the Select Committee on the Representation Act. He served as a member of more Standing Committees after the 1955 and 1959 elections, sitting on up to ten committees, simultaneously.

In 1955, Collings was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and served in that role until his death. He was credited with many of the steps taken to liberalize the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products in Ontario. He was credited by Premier John Robarts as being one of the principal authors of the legislation which created the City of Metropolitan Toronto in 1953.[2]

Provincial electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1951
Party Candidate Votes[3] Vote %
    Conservative William Henry Collings 9,573 49.4
    Co-operative Commonwealth Reid Scott 6,958 35.9
    Liberal W. Earl Upper 2,864 14.8
Total 19,395
Ontario general election, 1955
Party Candidate Votes[4] Vote %
    Conservative William Henry Collings 7,835 48.1
    Co-operative Commonwealth Reid Scott 5,887 36.1
    Liberal E.R. Hoolans 2,566 15.8
Total 16,288
Ontario general election, 1959
Party Candidate Votes[5] Vote %
    Conservative William Henry Collings 7,310 46.1
    Co-operative Commonwealth Stanley T. Bullock 4,396 27.7
    Liberal Ronald Pickering 4,157 26.2
Total 15,863


  1. ^ "LCBO Chief for Six Years, William H. Collings Dies". The Globe and Mail. March 8, 1961. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Ontario Liquor Commissioner Dies". Ottawa Citizen. March 8, 1961. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1951-11-22). "Complete Ontario Vote". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (1955-06-10). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press (1959-06-12). "Complete Results of Ontario Voting by Constituencies". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 26. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 

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