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Hollis Beckett

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Preceded by  Agnes Macphail
Name  Hollis Beckett
Succeeded by  Arthur Meen
Role  Politician
Constituency  York East
Died  October 22, 1976
Occupation  Lawyer

Born  June 22, 1896 Scarborough, Ontario (1896-06-22)
Political party  Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s)  Emily Stephens Copeland
Party  Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Hollis Edward Beckett (June 22, 1896 – October 22, 1976) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represented the riding of York East from 1951 to 1967.

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Background

Beckett was born in Scarborough, Ontario to George M. Beckett and Margaret P. Drew. He married Emily Stephens Copeland, who was born in Collingwood, Ontario, on September 24, 1927, in York, Ontario.

Politics

He was elected in the general election in 1951, Beckett defeated Agnes Macphail, the CCF MPP, one of the most prominent socialists in Ontario. Beckett was re-elected in the general elections in 1955, 1959, and 1963. He served as a backbench member in governments headed by Premier's Leslie Frost and John Robarts.

On March 27, 1961, Beckett was appointed the Chair of a Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly whose goal was the review and consolidation of the Municipal act and all related Acts, including the Planning Act, the Assessment Act and the Ontario Municipal Board Act. The Committee presented its Final Report on June 15, 1967 and the work of the Committee formed the basis of legislative reforms which remained in effect for over thirty years.

References

Hollis Beckett Wikipedia


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