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George Alexander Drew
Birth: May 7, 1894
Guelph
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jan. 4, 1973
Toronto
Ontario, Canada

Premier of Ontario. He served as Ontario, Canada's 14th Premier from August 1943 until October 1948, founding a Progressive Conservative dynasty that lasted for 42 years. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada he received his education at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto. He then studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. During World War I he served as an officer in the Canadian Field Artillery. After the end of World War I he became a lieutenant-colonel of the 11th Field Brigade and later honorary colonel of the 11th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. In 1920 he was called to the bar. In 1925 he was elected mayor of the City of Guelph after serving as an alderman and in 1929 he left to become assistant master and then master of the Supreme Court of Ontario. In 1931, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission by the provincial Conservative government and was dismissed after the Liberal government came to power as a result of the 1934 provincial election. He then ran for the leadership of the near moribund Conservative Party of Ontario at the 1936 Conservative leadership convention, losing to Earl Rowe who subsequently appointed him to the position of provincial organizer for the party. He broke with the Tories when they opposed Ontario Premier Mitch Hepburn's attempt to crush the Congress of Industrial Organizations attempt to unionize General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He ran as an Independent Conservative in Wellington South during the 1937 provincial election but was defeated along with the Tories with Rowe failing to win a seat in the legislature and consequently resigning as party leader. He ran again for the Conservative leadership in 1938, this time successfully and entered the Legislative Assembly of Ontario through a 1939 by-election as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the Simcoe East federal election district. In the 1943 provincial election, he became Ontario's 14th Premier. He was critical of Prime Minister Mackenzie King's government, attacking its leadership in the Canadian war effort, chastising it during the Conscription Crisis of 1944 for not instituting full conscription, and accusing it of attempting to centralize power. He was re-elected premier in 1945, and his Progressive Conservative Party won the majority of the seats in the Ontario legislature. He helped develop a ten-year program to convert Ontario's electricity system from 25-cycles (Hertz) to 60-cycles, standardizing it with the rest of North America. From 1947 to 1948 he helped spur post-war immigration to Ontario that brought about 20,000 British immigrants. His government also increased funding for roads and highways and also increased funding for schools by increasing the provincial government's share for education spending from 15 percent to 50 percent. Through a government that made investments to modernize Ontario, he laid the basis for the province's post-war industrial expansion and for a Progressive Conservative dynasty that lasted 42 years and saw six successive Progressive Conservative premiers. In the 1948 provincial election, he was defeated by William Temple. He decided to enter federal politics and won the 1948 federal Progressive Conservative leadership convention. In December of that year he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons from the Carleton federal election district in a by-election due to a vacancy when George Russell Boucher resigned his seat, and became Leader of the Opposition. He was re-elected in 1949 and 1953 federal elections. In 1956 he resigned a the Progressive Conservative leader due to poor health. From 1957 to 1964 he served as Canadian High Commissioner to England and during this period worked with newspaper baron and fellow Canadian Lord Beaverbrook in an attempt to influence British public opinion against joining the European Common Market. He served as the first Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1965 until 1971. In 1967 he was awarded the newly created Order of Canada as a Companion. In November 1972 he suffered a heart attack and his condition gradually worsened until he died congestive heart failure two months later in Toronto at the age of 78. He was the recipient of honorary Doctor of Law Degrees from the University of Toronto (1945) and the University of Western Ontario at London Ontario, Canada (1947). (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Guelph
Wellington County
Ontario, Canada
 
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Record added: Mar 24, 2003
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Thank you for your public service to the Canadian province of Ontario. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Oct. 29, 2014
Rest in Peace,Sir.
- Bruce Nuckowski
 Added: Nov. 27, 2013
Rest in peace Mr. Drew.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012
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