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|Term of Office:||November 8, 1961 - March 1, 1971|
|Date of Birth:||1917|
|Place of Birth:||Banff, Alberta|
Born John Parmenter Robarts in 1917 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. As a young man, he moved to London, Ontario with his family, where he studied at Central Collegiate and the University of Western Ontario.
He enrolled at Osgoode Hall to study law, but his education was interrupted by service with the Royal Canadian Navy during the World War II. He served as an officer on the HMCS Uganda. After the war, he returned to university, graduating in 1948.
In 1961, he became the 17th premier of Ontario, and served in that capacity until 1971. A popular leader, Robarts epitomized power and dignity. As a staunch conservative, he was an advocate of individual freedoms and opposed to centralist initiatives of the federal government. He initially opposed Canadian Medicare when it was proposed, but later endorsed it fully. As a civil libertarian, and a strong believer in the promotion of both official languages, he opened the door to French education in Ontario schools. In 1972 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Remembered for his steps to promote and improve education, he was responsible for the construction of York University, the Ontario Science Centre, the expansion of numerous teacher colleges, and launching the Ontario Scholarship fund.
After retiring from office, John Robarts co-chaired the Task Force on Canadian Unity with Jean-Luc Pépin before joining the boards of directors of several major corporations.
The John P. Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario was officially opened in 1986. He served as Chancellor of UWO from 1971 to 1976. Also in London is the Robarts School for the Deaf, and the John P. Robarts elementary school. The 14-storey John P. Robarts library at the University of Toronto is also named in his honour.
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