Roy McMurtry was born in Toronto. He is married to the former
Ria Jean Macrae. They have six children, three daughters and
three sons. Mr. McMurtry was educated at St. Andrews College,
Aurora, and Trinity College at the University of Toronto and
received an Honours Degree in History. He obtained his law
degree at Osgoode Hall and in 1958 was called to the Ontario
Bar. In the firm of Benson, McMurtry, Percival and Brown he
practiced law for seventeen years as a trial lawyer. In 1975
he was elected to the Ontario Legislature.
After the 1975 election, Mr. McMurtry was appointed Attorney
General of the Cabinet of Premier William Davis. He held this
post until 1985. From 1978 until 1982 his additional portfolio
included Solicitor General. Mr. McMurtry was the Canadian High
Commissioner to the UK from 1985 to 1988. Mr. McMurtry was
appointed the Chief Justice of Ontario on February 20, 1996.