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Allen Russell Patrick

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Allen Russell Patrick
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
August 5, 1952 – August 30, 1971
Preceded byDuncan MacMillan
Succeeded byJack Cookson
ConstituencyLacombe
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
August 2, 1955 – September 1, 1959
PremierErnest Manning
Preceded byAlfred Hooke
Succeeded byHugh Horner
Minister of Industry and Development
In office
September 1, 1959 – December 12, 1968
PremierErnest Manning
Preceded byAlfred Hooke
Minister of Industry and Tourism
In office
December 12, 1968 – May 27, 1969
PremierHarry Strom
Preceded byRaymond Reierson
Succeeded byRaymond Ratzlaff
Provincial Secretary
In office
September 1, 1959 – October 15, 1962
PremierErnest Manning
Preceded byAlfred Hooke
Succeeded byAmbrose Holowach
Minister of Mines and Minerals
In office
October 15, 1962 – September 10, 1971
PremierErnest Manning and
Harry Strom
Preceded byErnest Manning
Succeeded byBill Dickie
Personal details
BornSeptember 15, 1910
Stettler, Alberta
DiedDecember 25, 1995(1995-12-25) (aged 85)
Political partySocial Credit
Spouse(s)Florence Lyon
ChildrenLynn, Terry and Granton
Occupationteacher, stock broker and politician

Allen Russell Patrick (September 15, 1910 – December 25, 1995) was a politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1952 to 1971 as a member of the Social Credit caucus in government. He held numerous portfolios as a cabinet minister in the governments of Ernest Manning and Harry Strom from 1955 to 1971.

Early life

Patrick grew up in Stettler, Alberta, and earned his high school diploma in 1928. He went to Calgary and worked as a stockbroker. He lost his job after the stock market collapsed in 1929.[1] After being unemployed for a year, he was accepted into a teacher-training program in Camrose, Alberta. He then taught students from grades one to nine in a small rural school. In the summer he took courses at the University of Alberta.[1]

Patrick married Florence Lyon on December 22, 1934. They had three children.[1]

Political career

Patrick first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1952 general election, as a Social Credit candidate in the electoral district of Lacombe. He defeated two other candidates with a large majority of the popular vote to hold the seat for his party.[2]

In the 1955 general election he defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Alfred Haarstad and another candidate with just over half of the popular vote.[3]

Premier Ernest Manning appointed Patrick Minister of Economic Affairs on August 2, 1955.[4] In the 1959 general election Patrick won a very large majority.[5]

Premier Manning shuffled the cabinet on September 1, 1959, and moved Patrick to the Ministry of Industry and Development.[6] and to the position of Provincial Secretary.[6]

On October 15, 1962, Patrick was shuffled from the post of Provincial Secretary to the Ministry of Mines and Minerals; he remained the Minister of Industry and Development. In the 1963 general election he won the largest majority and largest share of the popular vote in his political career.[7]

In the 1967 general election he defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Jack Cookson and another candidate with just under half the popular vote.[8]

On December 12, 1968 Premier Harry Strom appointed Patrick the Minister of Industry and Tourism, which he held until May 27, 1969. He retained the Economic Affairs portfolio until the end of his career.

Patrick retired from provincial politics at dissolution of the Assembly in 1971.

Late life

After leaving public office, Patrick's cabinet records were donated to the Alberta Archives.[1] He died on December 25, 1995.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "A. Russell Patrick fonds". Archives Society of Alberta. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Lacombe Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Lacombe Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Alberta Official Gazette. Vol. 51. Government of Alberta. 1955. p. 1,568.
  5. ^ "Lacombe Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Alberta Official Gazette. Vol. 55. Government of Alberta. 1959. pp. 1, 491–1, 492.
  7. ^ "Lacombe Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "Lacombe Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  9. ^ "Mr. Allen Russell Patrick – September 15, 1910, to December 25, 1995" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. February 14, 1996. p. 5.
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