Otto Lang

Otto Emil Lang, PC OC QC (born May 14, 1932) is a Canadian lawyer and former politician.

see also Otto Lang (film producer) and Otto Lang (actor)

Otto Lang

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saskatoon—Humboldt
In office
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byRobert Ogle
Personal details
Otto Emil Lang

(1932-05-14) May 14, 1932
Handel, Saskatchewan,
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Adrian Merchant (div.)
Deborah McCawley
Children7, including Amanda Lang

Life and career

Lang was born in Handel, Saskatchewan. In 1961, he was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, the youngest person to be appointed to that position, and served until 1969.[1]

Lang was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1968 election, and was re-elected in the 1972 and 1974 elections as the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Humboldt. He served as Minister without Portfolio (1968–70), Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (1969–79), Acting Minister of Mines, Energy and Resources (1969),[2] Minister of Manpower and Immigration (1970–72), Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1972–75), Minister of Transport (1975–79), Acting Minister of Communications (1975), Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978), and Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1978).[1] He was defeated in the 1979 federal election by Robert Ogle of the New Democratic Party.

Following his career in politics, Lang served as the Executive Vice-President of Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba and as President, CEO of Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. He is currently retired, but serves as a director of several companies, including Investor's Group and the Winnipeg Airport Authority. In 2005-06 Lang served as the co-chair of the federal Liberal election campaign for Manitoba.

A Rhodes Scholar, Lang holds a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, a B.C.L from Oxford University (Exeter College) and an LL.D. from the University of Manitoba. He played for the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, winning two Blues.

In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Lang is married to Madam Justice Deborah McCawley of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. They currently reside in Manitoba. He was previously married to Adrian Merchant, the daughter of Sally Merchant.

Lang is the father of seven children: Maria Lang (d. 1991); Andrew Lang, a communications advisor who was the federal Liberal candidate for the riding of Toronto—Danforth in 2008 and 2011;[3] Timothy Lang, President and CEO of Youth Employment Services in Toronto;[4][5] Gregory Lang, a consultant;[6] Elisabeth Lang, Superintendent of Bankruptcy at the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy;[7][8] Adrian Lang, a lawyer and executive at Bank of Montreal in Toronto (she was formerly a partner with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott);[9] and Amanda Lang, a television news personality.

Election results

Federal Riding of Saskatoon East

1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
New DemocraticOGLE, Bob15,234
Progressive ConservativeMEYERS, Dan13,256
LiberalLANG, Otto12,631
Social CreditHOLTORF, Gary117
Marxist–LeninistNEUFELD, Eric64

Federal Riding of Saskatoon Humboldt

1974 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
LiberalLANG, Otto23,243
New DemocraticFRIESEN, Julius11,826
Progressive ConservativeRHEAUME, Gene11,592
Social CreditHOLTORF, Garry548
1972 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
LiberalLANG, Otto24,733
New DemocraticTAYLOR, George16,426
Progressive ConservativeBRAND, Lewis12,533
Social CreditBLACK, Gerald G.463
Not affiliatedREID, James102
Not affiliatedZAMULINSKI, Brian89
1968 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
LiberalLANG, Otto15,210
New DemocraticTAYLOR, George14,655
Progressive ConservativeBRAND, Lewis14,444


  1. "Otto E. Lang fonds". Library and Archives Canada. 1957–1997. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1969, p. 15. Lang was acting in the place of Joseph Greene, who was required to take a leave of absence due to poor health.
  3. Andrew Lang - Profile
  4. "YES appoints Timothy Lang as new President & CEO". Youth Employment Services. June 6, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. Timothy Lang - Profile
  6. Gregory Lang - Profile
  7. Superintendent of Bankruptcy – Biography of Elisabeth Lang
  8. Elisabeth Lang - Profile
  9. Adrian Lang - Profile
Political offices
Preceded by
Allan MacEachen
Minister of Manpower and Immigration
Succeeded by
Bryce Mackasey
Preceded by
John Turner
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Ron Basford
Preceded by
Jean Marchand
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Don Mazankowski
Preceded by
Pierre Juneau
Minister of Communications
Succeeded by
Jeanne Sauvé
Preceded by
Ron Basford
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Marc Lalonde
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