BC Premier #21: Thomas Dufferin Pattullo
Good news: I’m blogging after four whole days without blogging1. Bad news: I’m back to writing boring blog postings about ancient BC premiers.
And, with that, here’s all the information you never wanted to know about the 21st Premier of the Province of British Columbia!
|Name||Thomas Dufferin Pattullo|
|Born:||January 19, 1873 in Woodstock, Ontario|
|Died:||March 30, 1956 in Victoria, BC|
|Held Office:||November 15, 1933 – December 9, 1941|
- the Pattullo Bridge was named after T.D. Pattullo. This is the only reason I’ve ever heard of this guy before now and the reason why people swear in his name every day during rush hour
- early jobs included: journalist, editor, secretary to the Commissioner of the Yukon (a position he got due to his father’s connections), acting assistant gold commissioner, real estate/insurance business, member of the Dawson City council
- 1908: moved to Prince Rupert, BC; became mayor
- 1916: won the seat for Prince Rupert, a new riding, in the provincial legislature; appointed Minister of Lands
- 1928: became leader of Liberal Party, who had lost the government to the Conservatives; thus, he was now the Leader of the Opposition
- 1933: became premier when the Liberals took the government back. This was pretty easy though, since the Conservative party didn’t run any candidates in this election as their party was all messed up
- as premier during the Great Depression, he :attempted to extend government services and relief to the unemployed”2; “frustration with the limitations of provincial power led to a battle with Ottawa that resulted in a reappraisal of Canadian federalism”3.
- 1937: won the election on a platform of “socialized capitalism”
- 1941: won only a minority government as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF; the forerunner to the New Democratic Party, NDP) was on the rise. Refusing to form a coalition with the Conservatives, his party ousted him as the leader and formed the coalition anyway
- 1945: lost his seat; retired from politics
- 1956: died
In conclusion, I have no idea why the Patullo Bridge was named after this guy.
Image credits: Accessed from Wikipedia. In the public domain. Yay photos from prior to 1949!
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