Lorne Henderson

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Lorne Henderson
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byDavid Smith
In office
Preceded byCharles Janes
Succeeded byRiding abolished
ConstituencyLambton East
Personal details
Born(1920-10-31)October 31, 1920
Enniskillen, Ontario
DiedFebruary 7, 2002(2002-02-07) (aged 81)
Enniskillen, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party
Spouse(s)Reta Pearl

Lorne Henderson (October 31, 1920 – February 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, Ontario 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 elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1963 provincial election, defeating Liberal Party candidate Russell Watson by 874 votes in Lambton East,[1] 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[2] and 1971,[3] and with a reduced majority in 1975.[4]

He was appointed to cabinet on October 7, 1975 as a Minister without portfolio responsible for Housing,[5] and was promoted to Chairman of Cabinet on February 3, 1977.[6] Re-elected again in the 1977 election, he appointed as Minister of Government Services on January 21, 1978,[7] and as Minister of Agriculture and Food on August 30, 1979.[8] 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 Resource Development on February 13, 1982,[9] 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". He also possessed a remarkable ability to remember people's names after having only met them once and would often set-up appointments on Saturday afternoons with constituents.

Cabinet posts[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet posts (6)
Predecessor Office Successor
Russ Ramsay Provincial Secretary for Resource Development
Norm Sterling
Bill Newman Minister of Agriculture and Food
Dennis Timbrell
George McCague Minister of Government Services
Douglas Wiseman
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Rene Brunelle Chair of Cabinet
George McCague
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister without portfolio


  1. ^ Canadian Press (September 26, 1963). "78 in Tory Blue Wave -- 23 Is All Grits Saved". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 25. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  2. ^ Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but..." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  3. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12.
  5. ^ "Heavy on the brass". The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1975. p. 7.
  6. ^ Allen, David (February 3, 1977). "Davis names Timbrell new health minister". The Toronto Star. p. 1.
  7. ^ Williamson, Robert (January 23, 1978). "Scrivener's removal from Cabinet, Baetz posting to cause most talk". The Globe and Mail. p. 5.
  8. ^ Speirs, Rosemary (August 31, 1979). "Minor shuffle in Davis Cabinet: Welch will seek compromise on oil price". The Globe and Mail. p. 4.
  9. ^ Stead, Sylvia; Speirs, Rosemary; Matas, Robert (February 13, 1982). "Grossman to Health Ontario Cabinet shuffled by Davis". The Globe and Mail. p. 1.

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