Andrew Brewin

Member of Parliament
for Greenwood
In office
Preceded byJames Macdonnell
Succeeded byRiding redistributed into Beaches and York East
Personal details
Francis Andrew Brewin

(1907-09-03)3 September 1907
Brighton, England
Died21 September 1983(1983-09-21) (aged 76)
Political party
Peggy Biggar
(m. 1935)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada

Francis Andrew Brewin QC (September 3, 1907 – September 21, 1983), also known as Andy Brewin, was a lawyer and Canadian politician and Member of Parliament. He was the grandson of Liberal cabinet minister Andrew George Blair. His son John Brewin also served in the House of Commons of Canada.


Born in Brighton, England,[2][3] Brewin was a stalwart in the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and ran numerous times at the federal and provincial levels in the 1940 and 1950s. As a lawyer in the 1940s, he was retained by the Co-operative Committee on Japanese Canadians to contest the federal government's deportation orders affecting thousands of Japanese Canadians. Led by Brewin, the "Japanese Canadian Reference Case" was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and later, on appeal, by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Brewin was also retained by a committee of Japanese Canadians who had been detained during the Second World War as "enemy aliens" in order to try to have their property restored. He succeeded in persuading the government to call a royal commission to investigate the question.[4][page needed]

In 1945, he was asked by Ontario CCF leader Ted Jolliffe to be co-counsel during the infamous LeBel Royal Commission that was looking into whether or not Ontario's premier at the time was employing a secret political police force.[5] He was, for a time, the President of the Ontario CCF[6] and was a candidate for the leadership of the Ontario CCF at the party's 1953 leadership convention, but lost to Donald C. MacDonald.

Brewin stood as a CCF candidate several times, starting with the 1945 Canadian federal election in the riding of Toronto—St. Paul's, but was unsuccessful. He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada on behalf of the CCF's successor, the New Democratic Party.[3] Brewin sat as Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Greenwood from the 1962 election until his retirement in 1979.[3]

Coming from the theological tradition of figures such as Richard Hooker, F. D. Maurice, and William Temple,[7] Andrew Brewin considered himself a Christian socialist and wrote a number of books and pamphlets on the topic.[citation needed] He was a member of the Fellowship for a Christian Social Order[8] and the League for Social Reconstruction.[9]

Andrew Brewin wrote the book Stand on Guard: The Search for a Canadian Defence Policy, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1965,[3][10] that explored Canada's military's changing role in the mid-twentieth century, including its participation in the then new concept of United Nations peacekeeping.

Brewin died on 21 September 1983.[3]

Electoral record

1958 Canadian federal election: Davenport, Toronto
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative M. Douglas Morton 12,117 48.6 +7.8
Liberal Paul Hellyer 7,872 31.5 +1.3
Co-operative Commonwealth F. Andrew Brewin 4,963 19.9 -9.2
Total valid votes 24,952 100.0
1957 Canadian federal election: Davenport, Toronto
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative M. Douglas Morton 8,989 40.7 -0.4
Liberal Paul Hellyer 6,665 30.2 -2.1
Co-operative Commonwealth F. Andrew Brewin 6,414 29.1 +6.2
Total valid votes 22,068 100.0

See also



  1. ^ J. Brewin 2000, p. 83.
  2. ^ J. Brewin 1999, p. 7.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Francis Andrew Brewin, Q.C." Parlinfo. Ottawa: Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Bangarth 2008.
  5. ^ "Jolliffe Protests Probe into How He Obtained Confidential Police Data". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 21 June 1945. p. 3.
  6. ^ Abella 1973, p. 101.
  7. ^ J. Brewin 2000, p. 80.
  8. ^ Wright 1990, p. 178.
  9. ^ J. Brewin 2000, p. 85.
  10. ^ A. Brewin 1965.



Francis Andrew Brewin fonds at Library and Archives Canada.