Bud Olson

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The Honourable
Bud Olson
PC, AOE
14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
In office
17 April 1996 – 10 February 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
Premier Ralph Klein
Preceded by Gordon Towers
Succeeded by Lois Hole
Minister of Agriculture
In office
6 July 1968 – 26 November 1972
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by John James Greene
Succeeded by Eugene Whelan
Personal details
Born October 6, 1925
Iddesleigh, Alberta
Died February 14, 2002(2002-02-14) (aged 76)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Political party Social Credit –> Liberal

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson, PC, AOE (October 6, 1925 – February 14, 2002) was a Canadian businessman, politician, and the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. He also served as a Canadian Member of Parliament, Senator, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister of Economic and Regional Development. He was also a farmer and rancher, and president and operating officer of Farmer's Stockmen's Supplies in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, Alberta.

Early life[edit]

Born in Iddesleigh, Alberta on October 6, 1925. On January 27, 1947, he married Marion Lucille McLachlan. They had four children: Sharon Lee, Andrea Lucille, Juanita Carol and Horace Andrew Jr.

Federal politics[edit]

Bud Olson was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1957 election as a Social Credit Member of Parliament (MP) from Medicine Hat. He was defeated in the Diefenbaker sweep of 1958, but re-elected in 1962, 1963 and 1965.

With the Social Credit Party's English Canadian wing rapidly disintegrating, Olson crossed the floor in 1967 to join the Liberal Party. Olson supported Pierre Trudeau's successful candidacy for the Liberal leadership in 1968, and became minister of agriculture in the first Trudeau government. Olson served in that position until he lost his seat in the 1972 general election. He was one of only four Liberal MPs elected from Alberta in 1968 - all of whom were defeated in 1972 due to Trudeau's increasing unpopularity in Western Canada, particularly Alberta.

Olson was unsuccessful in his attempt to return to Parliament in 1974, and in 1977, Trudeau appointed him to the Canadian Senate. Olson served as leader of the opposition in the Senate in 1979, and returned to Cabinet when the Trudeau Liberals returned to power in 1980.

He served as Minister of Economic and Regional Development from 1980 to 1984, as well as Leader of the Government in the Senate. As one of Trudeau's most powerful ministers, he chaired the cabinet committee on economic development from 1980 to 1983. He was also the minister responsible for the Northern Pipeline Agency from 1980 to 1984,and the government leader in the Senate from 1982 to 1984. It was also Olson's job to promote the government's unpopular National Energy Program in Alberta.

Late life[edit]

Olson resigned from the Senate when he was appointed Alberta's 14th Lieutenant-Governor in April 1996. He served in that position until 2000.

Bud Olson died in Medicine Hat in 2002.

Arms[edit]

Arms of Bud Olson
Adopted
January 26, 1998
Crest
A demi lion per fess Gules and Azure wearing a coronet Argent the upper rim set with wild rose flowers proper holding in the dexter paw a rattlesnake Or
Escutcheon
Per fess Azure and Or in chief the maces of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada in saltire ensigned by a coronet érablé Or in base four cattle heads affronty one two and one Gules
Supporters
2 pronghorn antelopes Or and Argent branded on the flank " — Z — " Gules charged on the breast with a cross Moline Azure
Compartment
A mound of Prairie grassland proper
Motto
TO STRIVE TO SERVE
Orders
The ribbon and insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.
DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country)

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22nd Ministry – Second cabinet of Pierre Trudeau
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ray Perrault Leader of the Government in the Senate
1982–1984
Allan MacEachen
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
William Duncan Wylie
Member of Parliament Medicine Hat
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Edwin William Brunsden
Preceded by
Edwin William Brunsden
Member of Parliament Medicine Hat
1962–1972
Succeeded by
Bert Hargrave
Preceded by
James Gladstone
Senator Alberta
1977–1996
Succeeded by
Douglas Roche