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John Lyle Robinson

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John Lyle Robinson

Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 22, 1935 – October 29, 1953
Preceded by Hector Lang
Succeeded by Elizabeth G. Robinson
Constituency Medicine Hat (provincial electoral district)

Minister of Industries and Labour
In office
May 8, 1948 – 1953
Preceded by Clarence Gerhart
Succeeded by Norman Willmore

Born August 28, 1890(1890-08-28)
Belfast, Ireland[1]
Died October 29, 1953 (aged 63)
Political party Social Credit Party of Alberta
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Robinson
Residence Medicine Hat, Alberta
Occupation Chiropractor

John Lyle Robinson (died 1953)[2] was a Canadian politician who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1935 until 1953 and as Alberta's Minister of Industries and Labour from 1948 until 1953.

A chiropractor,[3] Robinson was first elected to the legislature in the Alberta general election, 1935 as a candidate of William Aberhart's Social Credit Party of Alberta; he was re-elected in the Alberta general election, 1940, Alberta general election, 1944, Alberta general election, 1948, and Alberta general election, 1952 elections.

In March 1938, during a debate on a workman's compensation act, Brown took the position that he would support a committee's recommendation that chiropractic services not be covered by the act, up to and until the point at which somebody moved an amendment to include them, in which case he would support the amendment. He was subsequently reported in the Edmonton Journal by legislative reporter Don Brown as being opposed to the inclusion of chiropractic services in the act. Robinson angrily insisted that he had been misquoted, and his fellow Social Crediters, who has a poor relationship with the news media (see Accurate News and Information Act) passed a resolution that Brown be jailed "during the pleasure of the assembly". Brown was never actually jailed, and a resolution the next day ordered "the release of Mr. Don C. Brown from custody".[4]

In 1948, Premier of Alberta Ernest Manning appointed Robinson Minister of Industries and Labour effective May 8.[5]


  1. [1]
  2. "Past by-election results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  3. Barr 112
  4. Barr 112–113
  5. "Alberta Gazette". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. May 15, 1948. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 


  • Barr, John J. (1974). The Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of Social Credit in Alberta. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited. ISBN 077101015X.