Robert Layton (politician)

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Robert Layton
Minister of State (Mines)
In office
September 17, 1984 – June 30, 1986
Prime MinisterBrian Mulroney
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of Parliament
for Lachine—Lac-Saint-Louis
(Lachine; 1984–1988)
In office
September 4, 1984 – October 25, 1993
Preceded byRoderick Blaker
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
Spouse(s)Doris Elizabeth Steeves
Children4 (1 daughter, 3 sons)
  • Nancy Layton
  • Jack Layton
  • Robert Layton Jr.
  • David Layton
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec
Alma materMcGill University
ProfessionConsulting Engineer

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 three sons and a daughter. 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. He is the grandfather of Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton.

Layton died in Montreal.