Bill Dickie (politician)

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William "Bill" Daniel Dickie
City of Calgary Alderman
In office
October 23, 1961 – October 19, 1964
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
June 17, 1963 – March 25, 1975
Preceded by Ernest Watkins
Succeeded by Hugh Planche
Constituency Calgary Glenmore
Minister of Mines and Minerals
In office
September 10, 1971 – March 1975
Premier Peter Lougheed
Preceded by Allen Patrick
Succeeded by Portfolio abolished
Personal details
Born (1925-08-13) August 13, 1925 (age 88)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Liberal
Progressive Conservative
Occupation lawyer and politician

William "Bill" Daniel Dickie (born August 13, 1925) is a former corporate lawyer as well as a municipal and provincial politician from Alberta, Canada.[1] He served as an Alderman in Calgary from 1961 to 1964 and also served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1963 to 1975. From 1963 until 1969 he sat with the opposition Liberal party before crossing the floor to the Progressive Conservative party where he sat with that party in opposition and government. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of Peter Lougheed from 1971 to 1975.

Early life[edit]

William Daniel Dickie was born in Calgary, Alberta. He began practicing corporate law in 1951. Dickie laid the legal framework to have the first Canadian company listed on the American Stock Exchange.[2]

Political career[edit]

Dickie began his political career when he was elected as an Alderman to Calgary city council. He held his seat until 1964.[2] While still serving as an Alderman Dickie ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1963 Alberta general election as a candidate for the Alberta Liberal party. He won a surprise election victory by a healthy margin in a four way race to pick up the Calgary Glenmore electoral district. The Progressive Conservatives had previously held the district and ran star candidate Ned Corrigal who was a broadcaster for CFAC radio.[3] Corrigal finished a distant third place.[4]

Dickie was re-elected with a smaller popular vote in the 1967 Alberta general election. He defeated three other candidates to hold his seat.[5] He was enticed by Peter Lougheed to cross the floor and join the Progressive Conservative caucus and did so on November 23, 1969. The Alberta Liberals would not hold a seat again in Calgary until 1986.

Voters in Calgary Glenmore re-elected Dickie as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1971 Alberta general election. He almost won with a landslide taking 56% of the popular vote against Social Credit candidate and famous Alberta curler Ray Kingsmith.[6] After the election Premier Peter Lougheed appointed Dickie to the Executive Council of Alberta to serve as the Minister of Mines and Minerals. He held that portfolio until he retired from the legislature at dissolution in 1975.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date of birth from Biographical Register of the Alberta Legislature, from the Alberta Legislature Library
  2. ^ a b "Alderman Gallery". City of Calgary. p. 149. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Calgary Broadcasters - C". Radio West. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Calgary-Glenmore results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Calgary-Glenmore results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Calgary-Glenmore results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 

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