Doug Lewis (politician)

Douglas Grinslade "Doug" Lewis, PC QC, (born April 17, 1938) is a Canadian accountant, lawyer and former politician.

Doug Lewis
Born (1938-04-17) April 17, 1938
Occupationaccountant, lawyer and former politician

A chartered accountant and lawyer by training, Lewis entered the House of Commons of Canada when he won the seat of Simcoe North, Ontario, as a Progressive Conservative in the 1979 federal election. In the short-lived government of Prime Minister Joe Clark, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services.

Re-elected in the 1980 federal election that returned the Liberals to power, Lewis moved to the opposition benches, serving first as Deputy House Leader from 1981 to February 1983, and then as Official Opposition House Leader until September 1983.

With the victory of the Progressive Conservatives under Brian Mulroney in the 1984 general election, Lewis again became a parliamentary secretary. In 1987, he entered the Cabinet as both Minister of State to the Government House Leader and Minister of State (Treasury Board). At the end of 1988, he became Acting President of the Treasury Board, and, a month later in January 1989, he was named Minister of Justice. He also served as Government House Leader from April 1989 to February 1990.

In April 1990, Lewis was moved from Justice to the position of Minister of Transport. In 1991, he was moved again, this time to the position of Solicitor General of Canada.

When Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as Progressive Conservative leader and prime minister in June 1993, she kept Lewis in Cabinet as Solicitor General, and also named him Government House Leader. Both Lewis and the Campbell government were defeated in the 1993 general election. Following his political defeat, he returned to his law practice.

Lewis remained a supporter of the Progressive Conservatives through the 1990s. However, in 2000, he supported Tom Long's candidacy to lead the new Canadian Alliance, which was an attempt to merge the PC Party with the Reform Party of Canada. In July 2000, however, he insisted to reporters that he was a loyal supporter of Joe Clark's renewed leadership of the Progressive Conservative party.

Lewis is currently practicing law as a sole practitioner in Orillia, Ontario. He was elected as a Regional Bencher with the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
P. B. Rynard
Member of Parliament for Simcoe North
Succeeded by
Paul DeVillers
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Carney
President of the Treasury Board
Succeeded by
Robert de Cotret
Preceded by
Joe Clark
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Kim Campbell
Preceded by
Benoît Bouchard
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Jean Corbeil
Preceded by
Pierre Cadieux
Solicitor General of Canada
Succeeded by
Herb Gray
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