Robert Layton (politician)
|Minister of State (Mines)|
September 17, 1984 – June 30, 1986
|Prime Minister||Brian Mulroney|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Member of Parliament|
September 4, 1984 – October 25, 1993
|Preceded by||Roderick Blaker|
|Succeeded by||Clifford Lincoln|
Robert Edward John Layton
December 25, 1925
|Died||May 9, 2002 (aged 76)|
|Resting place||Wyman United Church, Hudson, Quebec|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Doris Elizabeth Steeves|
|Children||4 (1 daughter, 3 sons)
|Alma mater||McGill University|
Robert Edward John "Bob" Layton, Canadian politician.(December 25, 1925 – May 9, 2002) was a
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.
Member of Parliament
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.
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.