Alexander Malcolm Manson

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Alexander Malcolm Manson (1883 – 25 September 1964) was a British Columbia judge and politician in the Liberal Party. Positions he held included Speaker, Minister of Labour and Attorney General. He was later appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

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After completing a bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto, Manson studied at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 1908, he became the first lawyer to practice in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.[1]

In the B.C. legislature, he represented the district of Omineca, where he was elected in 1916, and re-elected four times in the 1920s and 1930s. He was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1921. From 12 April 1922 to 17 August 1927, he was both Attorney General and Minister of Labour in John Oliver's Liberal government. As Attorney General, he was criticized for his handling of the 1924 Janet Smith murder case, which would damage his political career.[2] Nevertheless, he continued in this dual role in John Duncan MacLean's government from 20 August 1927 to 20 August 1928. His legislative work included interest in liquor laws, narcotics laws, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and game conservation laws.

In the mid-1920s, he also served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.

In 1935, he attempted to enter federal politics, running for the Liberal Party of Canada in the riding of Vancouver South, but lost by less than 300 votes.

He served on the Supreme Court of British Columbia from the 1930s until he retired in 1961.

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