Michael Deane Harris, Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario 1995–2002 (born 23 January 1945 in Toronto, ON). Mike Harris is considered a pioneer of the modern conservative movement in Canada through his “Common Sense Revolution” policies, which created a great deal of controversy, but have had a lasting influence on Ontario politics. Among the policies his government implemented are municipal amalgamation, the “sunshine list” of public sector salaries and Ontario Works.
In 1948 he entered national politics as party leader, but he failed in 2 elections to mount an effective challenge to the Liberal administration. He resigned as leader 1956 and was appointed Canadian high commissioner to London, England, in 1957 - the last distinction in a noteworthy public career.
Gordon Daniel Conant, lawyer, Liberal politician, premier of Ontario (b near Oshawa, Ont 11 Jan 1885; d at Oshawa 2 Jan 1953). From 1937 the capable, faithful attorney general in the Ontario government of Mitchell HEPBURN, he inherited the premiership from his leader in October 1942.