Lorne Henderson

Lorne Henderson

Lorne Henderson (October 31, 1920February 7, 2002) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1963 to 1985, and was a cabinet minister in the government of William Davis. Henderson was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.

He was born in Enniskillen Township, and received a grade eight education in the area. Henderson worked as a hog farmer before entering political life. He was a member of the Enniskillen council from 1946 to 1949, deputy reeve from 1950 to 1951, and reeve from 1952 to 1957. His career in municipal politics culminated when he was named Warden of Lambton County in 1957.

Henderson was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1963 provincial election, defeating Liberal Party candidate Russell Watson by 874 votes in Lambton East. He served as a backbench supporter of John Robarts's government, and initially continued in this role when Davis succeeded Robarts as premier in 1971. He was re-elected with an increased majority in the elections of 1967 and 1971, and with a reduced majority in 1975.

He was appointed to cabinet on October 7, 1975 as a minister without portfolio responsible for housing, and was promoted to Chairman of Cabinet on February 3, 1977. Re-elected again in the 1977 election, he appointed as Minister of Government Services on January 21, 1978, and as Minister of Agriculture and Food on August 30, 1979. Henderson was most proud of his work in the Agriculture portfolio, although reviews from the farming community and his department staff were often less than flattering.

He was re-elected with a landslide majority in the 1981 election, and was named Provincial Secretary for Resources Development on February 13, 1982. He resigned from cabinet entirely on July 6, 1983. Henderson supported Frank Miller to succeed Davis as party leader in 1985, and did not campaign in that year's election.

Henderson was notorious for both his poor grammar and his ability to win government patronage. When the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Petrolia Hospital in his constituency received a $160,000 donation in 1975, Henderson delivered it with the line, "Me and the premier brung you this cheque".

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