John Lyle Robinson
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 22, 1935 – October 29, 1953
Preceded byHector Lang
Succeeded byElizabeth Robinson
ConstituencyMedicine Hat
Minister of Industries and Labour
In office
May 8, 1948 – 1953
Preceded byClarence Gerhart
Succeeded byNorman Willmore
Personal details
Born(1890-08-28)August 28, 1890
Belfast, Ireland[1]
DiedOctober 29, 1953(1953-10-29) (aged 63)
Political partySocial Credit Party of Alberta
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Robinson
ResidenceMedicine Hat, Alberta

John Lyle Robinson (August 28, 1890 – October 29, 1953) was a Canadian politician who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1935 until his death in 1953 sitting with the Social Credit caucus. He served in the government of Ernest Manning as Minister of Industries and Labour from 1948 until 1953.

Political career

A chiropractor,[2] Robinson was first elected to the legislature in the 1935 provincial election as a candidate of William Aberhart's Social Credit League; he was re-elected in the 1940, 1944, 1948, and 1952 elections.

In March 1938, during a debate on a workman's compensation act, Robinson 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 had 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".[3]

In 1948, Premier of Alberta Ernest Manning appointed Robinson Minister of Industries and Labour effective May 8.[4]

Robinson died on October 29, 1953 while still in office; his wife Elizabeth won his seat in a by-election held on December 21.[5]


  1. ^ Normandin, P.G.; Normandin, A.L. (1965). "Guide Parlementaire Canadien". The Canadian Parliamentary Guide = Guide Parlementaire Canadien. P.G. Normandin. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Barr 112
  3. ^ Barr 112–113
  4. ^ "Alberta Gazette". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. May 15, 1948. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "Mrs. J.L. Robinson Wins Medicine Hat for Social Credit". The Lethbridge Daily Herald. December 22, 1953. pp. 1–2.