The RT. Hon. Herb Gray, P.C., C.C., Q.C
Herbert Eser “Herb” Gray was a Canadian politician. He was born in Windsor, Ontario on May 25, 1941. Gray was a prominent member of the Liberal Party of Canada and held various positions including Deputy Prime Minister, Government House Leader, and Solicitor General of Canada. He passed away in Ottawa, Ontario on April 21, 2014.
Gray attended Victoria School and Kennedy Collegiate Institute in Windsor, after which he pursued studies in commerce at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He also attended Osgoode Law School in Toronto, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Law degree, making him a member of the Ontario Bar.
Gray first entered Parliament as a member of Essex West and Windsor West and belonged to the Liberal Party of Canada. He was appointed to the Cabinet in 1969. With his having been re-elected as a Liberal in the twelve subsequent elections, Gray holds the longest continuous record as a Member of Parliament in Canadian history. In 1972, he held a position as Minister of National Revenue. In addition, Gray was the Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Finance, Trade, and Economic Affairs; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; and President of the Treasury Board, among others. He was deputy leader of the Opposition from 1989 to 1990 and leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1991.
Between 1997 and 2002, Gray acted as Deputy Prime Minister, a position given to him by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He was also named Government House Leader and Solicitor General of Canada during this time. Gray was given the title of Right Honourable by the Governor General on January 15, 2002. Gray’s significant impact as a politician in this region is evidenced by the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, a major highway located in Windsor, LaSalle, and Tecumseh.
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