Alfred Hales

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Alfred Dryden Hales
Member of Parliament
for Wellington South
In office
June 1957 – June 1968
Member of Parliament
for Wellington
In office
June 1968 – May 1974
Personal details
Born 22 November 1909
Guelph, Ontario
Died 22 February 1998(1998-02-22) (aged 88)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Profession butcher, meat cutter, farmer, manufacturer, merchant

Alfred Dryden Hales (22 November 1909 – 22 February 1998) was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Guelph, Ontario and became a butcher, meat cutter, farmer, manufacturer and merchant by career.

Hales graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Toronto's Ontario Agricultural College in 1934.[1] He also played two seasons as middle wing for the Toronto Argonauts in 1934 and 1935.[2][2][3]

After an unsuccessful attempt to win the Wellington South riding in the 1953 federal election, Hales became a Guelph city councillor in 1955. He campaigned again for Parliament in the 1957 election. He was re-elected to consecutive terms at Wellington South, then from the 1968 election at Wellington. His Parliamentary career ended in May 1974 after he completed his term in the 29th Canadian Parliament, and Hales did not campaign in the 1974 election. He repeatedly introduced a Private Member's Bill to create the Parliamentary Internship Programme until this was approved in 1969.[1] Today, an annual award named in his honour is given by the Institute on Governance to the best essay by a Parliamentary intern.

Hales chaired the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts from 1966 to 1974, following the tradition that such a chair be a member of the Official Opposition.

Electoral record[edit]

Wellington South[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Henry Alfred HOSKING 9,275 45.4 -1.9
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 8,722 42.7 7.1
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas L. WITHERS 2,431 11.9 -5.2
Total valid votes 20,428 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,632 54.6 11.9
Liberal David TOLTON 6,090 28.6 -16.8
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas L. WITHERS 3,573 16.8 4.9
Total valid votes 21,295 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 15,160 59.4 4.8
Liberal James B. KEATING 8,194 32.1 2.5
Co-operative Commonwealth Fred J. WHITE 2,186 8.5 -7.3
Total valid votes 25,540 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,345 42.0 -17.4
Liberal Roy MCVITTIE 8,508 31.5 -0.6
New Democratic John HARNEY 6,989 25.9 17.4
Social Credit Reginald YOUD 174 0.6 0.6
Total valid votes 27,016 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,350 39.7 -2.3
Liberal Ralph DENT 10,713 37.5 6.0
New Democratic John HARNEY 6,391 22.3 -3.6
Social Credit Reginald YOUD 150 0.5 -0.1
Total valid votes 28,604 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,264 38.8 -0.9
New Democratic John HARNEY 9,190 31.6 7.3
Liberal Donald E. MCFADZEN 8,595 29.6 -7.9
Total valid votes 29,049 100.0

Wellington[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 13,496 44.5
Liberal Ralph DENT 11,842 39.0
New Democratic Phil LANTHIER 5,012 16.5
Total valid votes 30,350 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 20,730 53.1 +8.6
Liberal Jake SLINGER 11,022 28.2 -10.8
New Democratic Margaret MCCREADY 7,050 18.1 +1.6
Communist Gareth BLYTHE 174 0.4 +0.4
Marxist–Leninist Terry THERIAULT 67 0.2 +0.2
Total valid votes 39,043 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Late Mr. Alfred Hales". Hansard. Parliament of Canada. 16 March 1998. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Alf Hales, 1931". Artefacts Canada. Department of Canadian Heritage. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Alf Hales fonds". Guelph Public Library. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 

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