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Fonds consists of the ministerial records of Robert Layton, a Cabinet Minister in Brian Mulroney's Cabinet from 1984-1986. Files are arranged by subject in two ministerial correspondence systems.
Textual records MSS2319 90 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
Robert Layton (1925-2002) served as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament from 1984 until 1993. From 1984 to 1986 he was the Minister of State (Mines) in the Mulroney Cabinet and later served as Chair of the party's Caucus (1986-1993).
He was a second generation politician. His father, Gilbert Layton (1899-1961), served as Minister without Portfolio in the cabinet of Maurice Duplessis during the Union Nationale leader's first government (1936-1938), representing Montréal-Saint-Georges. He ran twice more, defeated both times, as an independent candidate in the riding of Westmount-Saint-Georges in 1939 and as an independent conservative candidate (Montréal-Mount Royal) in the 1945 federal election.
Robert Layton was born in Montreal on 25 December, 1925. He attended Lower Canada College and Montreal West High School before studying engineering at McGill. In his private career he rose to Chairman of the Board of T. Pringle and Sons, a prominent Montreal architectural and engineering company.
Layton was initially politically active with the provincial Liberals. He served as a campaign manager in 1962 and was later appointed by Premier Jean Lesage as a Director of John Abbott College. When Layton formally entered politics, however, he ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate for the riding of Lachine-Lac-St-Louis. He was elected during the Progressive Conservative landslide in 1984. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, drawing on Layton's engineering background named him as Minister of State (Mines) within the Energy, Mines and Resources portfolio. In 1986, Layton left Cabinet to serve as Progressive Conservative Caucus chair. He remained as a Member of Parliament until 1993.
Robert Layton passed away on 8 May, 2002.
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