Gordon Daniel Conant
– January 2
) was a Canadian
lawyer, politician, and Premier of Ontario
Born in Cedar Dale, East Whitby Township (now part of the City of Oshawa
) in Ontario
, he was educated at the University of Toronto
and called to the Ontario Bar in 1912. He practiced law in Oshawa. In 1933, he was made a King's Counsel
In 1914, he was Deputy Reeve of Oshawa and Reeve in 1915. In 1916 and 1917, he was the Mayor of Oshawa. In 1934, he became Crown Attorney for Ontario County.
In 1937 elections
, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
representing the electoral district of Ontario
. A Liberal
, he was appointed Attorney-General of Ontario
in 1937 in the government of Mitchell Hepburn
Hepburn resigned suddenly, in October 1942, due to his feud with Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King that split Hepburn's cabinet and threatened the unity of his party. Hepburn announced that he was remaining leader of the party and Conant was selected as the new Premier by the Lieutenant Governor. The party, led by King's supporters, demanded a leadership convention and Conant and Hepburn were forced to acquiesce resulting in the election of Harry Nixon as the new Liberal leader, who was thus appointed Premier in May 1943.
From 1943 to 1951, he was a Master
of the Supreme Court of Ontario
. In 1944, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Toronto.