|Preceded by||Mike Cooper|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Born||June 24, 1941|
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
|Died||December 2, 2013 (aged 72)|
Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Portfolio||Assistant Deputy Government Whip (1997-1999)|
Leadston was born in Guelph, Ontario. He was educated at Ontario Police College and Wilfrid Laurier University. He worked as a police constable in Kitchener, Ontario. He was also the founding member of the Big Brothers Association in Kitchener Waterloo in the 1970s and served as its President in 1975-1976.
Leadston served as a city councillor for Kitchener City Council from 1979 to 1994, and also served on the Regional Municipality of Waterloo from 1981 to 1994. In 1987, he was named as chair of the Waterloo Regional Police Commission.
Leadston was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Shelley Schlueter and incumbent New Democratic Mike Cooper by a plurality of 7,000 votes. He served as a backbench supporter of the government of Mike Harris for the next four years.
In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of ridings from 130 to 103. This meant that sitting MPPs had to compete for re-nomination in some ridings. Leadston ran for the Kitchener Centre PC nomination in 1999, but was defeated by Wayne Wettlaufer. In 2000, he sought the federal Canadian Alliance nomination in Lanark—Carleton, but lost to Scott Reid.
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