George William Taylor

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George Taylor
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byDavid Evans
Succeeded byEarl Rowe
ConstituencySimcoe Centre
Personal details
Born (1937-11-05) November 5, 1937 (age 81)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative

George William Taylor, QC (born November 5, 1937) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1977 to 1985, and was a cabinet minister in the government of William Davis. Taylor was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.


Taylor was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and educated at McMaster University (received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960) and the Osgoode Hall Law School, he practiced as a lawyer in Barrie, taught business law at Georgian College for ten years, and was named a Queen's Counsel in 1977.[1] As of 2005, he is director of the United Appeal in Barrie, director of the Barrie YM-YWCA and campaign chairman for the Canadian Cancer Society, he also plays with the Barrie Oldtimers Hockey Team.[1]


He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 provincial election, defeating New Democratic Party candidate Paul Wessenger by 5,434 votes in Simcoe Centre,[2] he served as a government backbench supporter for the next four years, and was re-elected in the 1981 election.[3] He was named to Davis's cabinet on February 13, 1982 as Solicitor General.[4] Taylor supported Larry Grossman's bid to succeed Davis as party leader, and was dropped from cabinet when Frank Miller became Premier of Ontario on February 8, 1985,[5] he did not run for re-election in 1985.[5]


Ontario Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Roy McMurtry Solicitor General
John Williams

After politics[edit]

Taylor returned to his legal practice after leaving the legislature. In 2001, he was appointed to the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal by the government of Mike Harris.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Taylor, George William". McMaster Alumni Association. McMaster University. Archived from the original on 8 May 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9.
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  4. ^ "Labor Leaders Wary Of Davis Cabinet Shuffle". Windsor Star. February 15, 1982. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Former Solicitor-general Will Not Seek Re-election". Ottawa Citizen; the Canadian Press. 23 March 1985. p. A22. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Subcommittee reports - Intended appointments". Hansard. Government of Ontario. Archived from the original on 8 July 2001. Retrieved 24 January 2013.

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