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"The Honorable
Joe Greene
"PC, "DFC, "QC
""Joe Greene 1968.jpg
"Senator for Niagara, Ontario
In office
September 1, 1972 – October 23, 1978
Appointed by "Pierre Trudeau
Member of the "Canadian Parliament
for "Renfrew South
In office
Preceded by "James William Baskin
Succeeded by Electoral district abolished
Member of the "Canadian Parliament
for "Niagara Falls
In office
Preceded by "Judy LaMarsh
Succeeded by "Joe Hueglin
Personal details
Born John James Greene
(1920-06-24)June 24, 1920
"Toronto, "Ontario, Canada
Died October 23, 1978(1978-10-23) (aged 58)
"Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political party "Liberal
Spouse(s) Corinne Bedore
Cabinet "Minister of Agriculture (1965-1968)
"Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (1968-1972)
Awards "Distinguished Flying Cross, "Mentioned in dispatches
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch "Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service 1941–1945
Rank Flight Lieutenant

John James "Joe" Greene, "DFC "PC "QC (June 24, 1920 – October 23, 1978) was a Canadian politician.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Greene was born in "Toronto, Ontario, the son of Andrée (née Charpagnol) and Peter Greene.[2] He grew up in "Toronto before finding work in northern "Ontario as a mine worker.[3]["citation needed]

During "World War II, he joined the "Royal Canadian Air Force in which he earned the "Distinguished Flying Cross.[1] Following the war, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the "University of Toronto and a law degree from "Osgoode Hall. He began practice in Toronto, establishing a law firm in "Arnprior, Ontario[2] in 1949. In 1948, he married Corinne Bedore.[2]

He ran for the leadership of the "Ontario Liberal Party in 1958, placing a poor third at the "party's leadership convention.

He was first elected to the "House of Commons of Canada as a "Liberal in the "1963 general election.[1] In 1964, he ran again for the "leadership of the Ontario Liberals, placing fourth.

In 1965, he became "Minister of Agriculture in the "cabinet of "Lester Pearson,[1] one of the few non-farmers to hold the position and the first easterner in 54 years. In 1968, he ran to succeed Pearson in that year's federal "Liberal leadership convention, but despite giving what many say was the best speech, he came in fifth place. After three ballots, he threw his support to "Pierre Trudeau, contributing towards his victory.[3] The new "Prime Minister made Greene "Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources.[1]

Greene moved to the riding of "Niagara Falls, Ontario in the "1968 election, and was again elected to Parliament. As energy minister,[1] Greene prevented the sale of both the largest oil company under Canadian control and Canada's largest uranium producer to Americans.

Greene suffered a heart attack in 1969, and was required to take a temporary leave of absence from parliament. "Otto Lang served as the acting minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in this period.[4] Green later suffered a stroke in late 1971. Greene retired from cabinet in January 1972 when he was appointed to the "Senate of Canada.[1]

He died in 1978, aged 58.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Joe Greene – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ a b Francis, Lloyd (2000). Ottawa boy: an autobiography. General Store Publishing House. pp. 96–7. "ISBN "1-894263-30-8. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1969, p. 15
"Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
"James William Baskin
"Member of Parliament from "Renfrew South
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished in 1966.
Preceded by
"Judy LaMarsh
"Member of Parliament from "Niagara Falls
Succeeded by
"Joe Hueglin
Political offices
Preceded by
"Harry Hays
"Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
"Bud Olson
Preceded by
"Jean-Luc Pepin
"Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
Succeeded by
"Donald Stovel Macdonald
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