Thomas Cossitt

Jennifer Cossitt Leeds (electoral district) Montreal Gazette
Thomas Charles Cossitt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Leeds
In office
October 20, 1972 – May 21, 1979
Preceded byDesmond Code
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1976
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Leeds—Grenville
In office
May 22, 1979 – March 15, 1982
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1976
Succeeded byJennifer Cossitt
Personal details
Born(1927-11-15)November 15, 1927
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
DiedMarch 15, 1982(1982-03-15) (aged 54)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Jennifer Cossitt

Thomas Charles Cossitt (November 15, 1927 – March 15, 1982) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Brockville, Ontario, the son of Edwin Comstock Cossitt and Marjorie Helen Delahaye, he graduated from St. Andrew's College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. After graduating, he was the owner and president of an insurance company. He was president of the Eastern Ontario Liberal Federation and a vice-president of the Ontario Liberal Party. However, he switched to the Progressive Conservatives before being elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1972 election in the riding of Leeds. He was re-elected in 1974, 1979, and 1980, the last two elections in the riding of Leeds—Grenville.

Cossitt's positions on bilingualism were a topic of discussion during the 1972 and 1974 elections. During the 1972 election, he took out newspaper advertisements with the tagline "I'm not anti-French, but...". In the 1974 election, he was quoted in the Montreal Gazette as saying "Instant bilingualism is not only stupid and arrogant, it's just plain nuts". Cossitt stressed that while he supported both official languages, it was necessary to consider the financial burden of the Trudeau government's new policies.[1]

Cossitt, who had two previous heart attacks, died of a heart attack during a photo session at the annual directors' meeting of the Leeds-Grenville Progressive Conservative Riding Association in 1982.[2] His second wife, Jennifer Cossitt (née Birchall) was elected in the resulting by-election and re-elected in the 1984 election before being defeated in the 1988 election.


  1. ^ Canadian Press (22 June 1974). "Leeds: Language an Issue". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Leeds-Grenville Tory MP dies from heart attack". The Globe and Mail. 16 March 1982.