George Ashe


George Ashe

George Lyle Ashe (born October 5, 1932) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1977 to 1987, and was a cabinet minister in the governments of Bill Davis and Frank Miller. Ashe was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.

Ashe was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and educated in that city. He worked in agency management for Northern Life of Canada. A Roman Catholic, Ashe was a separate school trustee for Gloucester Township in the late 1950s, and was Nepean Township in the early 1960s. He was elected deputy reeve of Pickering in 1969, and became the city's first mayor four years later. Ashe served as mayor of Pickering until 1977, and was also a member of the Durham Regional Council.

He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 election, defeating New Democratic Party incumbent Charles Godfrey by 593 votes in Durham West. He served as parliamentary assistant to three ministers, and was re-elected with an increased plurality in the 1981 election. Ashe was appointed to Bill Davis's cabinet on April 10, 1981 as Minister of Revenue.

Following a cabinet shuffle on July 6, 1983, Ashe was named as Minister of Government Services. Ashe supported Frank Miller to succeed Davis in the Progressive Conservative Party's 1985 leadership convention, and was named Minister of Energy when Miller became in as Premier of Ontario on February 8, 1985.

Ashe was re-elected in the 1985 election, which reduced Miller's Conservatives to minority government status. He was appointed as Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet on May 17, 1985, but accomplished little before Miller's government was defeated in the house in June. In opposition, he served as his party's critic for Revenue, the Management Board, and Financial Institutions. He lost the Durham West constituency to Liberal Norah Stoner by 5,843 votes in the 1987 election, amid a Liberal sweep of the province.

As of the 2004-05 year, Ashe was again a secondary school trustee in Bowmanville.


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