Norman McLeod Rogers
Minister of National Defence
In office
September 19, 1939 – June 10, 1940
Prime MinisterW. L. Mackenzie King
Preceded byIan Alistair Mackenzie
Succeeded byCharles Power
Minister of Labour
In office
October 23, 1935 – September 18, 1939
Prime MinisterW. L. Mackenzie King
Preceded byWesley Ashton Gordon
Succeeded byNorman Alexander McLarty
Member of Parliament
for Kingston City
In office
October 14, 1935 – June 10, 1940
Preceded byArthur Edward Ross
Succeeded byAngus Lewis Macdonald
Personal details
Born(1894-07-25)July 25, 1894
Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedJune 10, 1940(1940-06-10) (aged 45)
near Newtonville, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Mary Francis Parker Kierstead
(m. 1924)
Military service
Branch/serviceCanadian Expeditionary Force
Years of service1914–1918

Norman McLeod Rogers PC MP[1] (July 25, 1894 – June 10, 1940) was a Canadian lawyer and statesman. He served as the Member of Parliament for Kingston, Ontario, Canada and as a cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He was also an early biographer of King.

Rogers was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and served in the military during World War I. He was educated at Acadia University and in 1919 he was elected a Rhodes Scholar. He went to University College, Oxford (University of Oxford), where he was awarded a BA Honours (MA) degree in Modern History, the B.Litt., and the BCL.

Rogers was private secretary to King from 1927 to 1929, then worked as a professor at Queen's University in Kingston. He was elected to the Parliament in 1935, and served under King as Minister of Labour until 1939, and then Minister of National Defence from 1939 until his death in 1940.

Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King inspecting No. 110 (City of Toronto) Squadron, R.C.A.F. The aircraft in the background is Westland 'Lysander' II 417. [L-R]: Hon. T.A. Crerar, Air Marshal G.M. Croil, Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King, W/C W.D. Van Vliet, Hon. Norman Rogers, 13 January 1940.

Rogers died in a plane crash on June 10, 1940, near Newtonville, Ontario, while en route from Ottawa to Toronto for a speaking engagement. On the day National Defence Minister Rogers died, Canada declared war on Italy.[2]

Prime Minister King took the death of Rogers extremely hard. Rogers was a key Cabinet minister, and close advisor, and Canada was in the midst of World War II. The two men were friendly on a personal basis, and King may have been grooming Rogers to become his successor as prime minister.[3]

Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport is named in his honour, as is a street in Kingston. A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker was named after him; it has since been sold to Chile and renamed Contraalmirante Oscar Viel Toro.



  1. ^ "Members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada - Information Resources - Privy Council Office". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Allies Take Sicily". CBC Digital Archives. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ Canada and the Age of Conflict, volume 2, 1981, by C. P. Stacey