Davie Fulton

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Davie Fulton
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kamloops
In office
1945–1963
Preceded by Thomas O'Neill
Succeeded by Charles Willoughby
In office
1965–1965
Preceded by Charles Willoughby
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1966
Personal details
Born Edmund Davie Fulton
(1916-03-10)March 10, 1916
Kamloops, British Columbia
Died May 22, 2000(2000-05-22) (aged 84)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Relations Frederick John Fulton, father
Profession Barrister and solicitor
Religion Roman Catholic

Edmund Davie Fulton, PC OC QC (March 10, 1916 – May 22, 2000) was a Canadian Rhodes Scholar, politician and judge. Popularly known as E. Davie Fulton. He was born in Kamloops, British Columbia,[1] the son of politician/lawyer Frederick John Fulton and Winnifred M. Davie, daughter of A.E.B. Davie. He was the youngest of 4 children.[2]

Military career[edit]

Davie Fulton served in the Second World War with the Canadian Army overseas as Platoon and Company Commander with Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division in the Italian and Northwestern Europe campaigns. His brother John "Moose" Fulton distinguished himself in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He went missing in action in late 1942, and in 1943 the Kamloops adopted the Moose Squadron in honour of its commander. In 1944 the Kamloops airport was dedicated as Fulton Field.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was brought home from the war by the Conservative Party and won a seat by 100 votes in the Canadian House of Commons in the 1945 general election.

In 1949 he introduced legislation to criminalize the publication, distribution, and sale of crime comics. Fulton was convinced by a random murder in the Yukon perpetrated by two young teens that the baleful influence of crime comics was at fault.[4]

He ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada at the 1956 leadership convention, placing third behind John Diefenbaker.

When Diefenbaker led the Tories to victory in the 1957 election, he appointed Fulton to Cabinet as Minister of Justice. As Minister, Fulton was involved in negotiations to patriate the Canadian Constitution, and developed the "Fulton-Favreau formula". In 1962, he became Minister of Public Works. His cousin, Albert McPhillips, was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries around this time.

He resigned from Cabinet in 1963, when he decided to leave federal politics and take the leadership of the British Columbia Progressive Conservative Party. His efforts to revive the provincial Tories in BC were a failure, and he returned to the House of Commons in the 1965 election.

Fulton stood as a candidate at the 1967 federal PC leadership convention, and placed third behind Robert Stanfield and Dufferin Roblin.

After losing his seat in the 1968 election, he retired from politics and returned to the law. In 1973, he became a justice on the British Columbia Supreme Court, and served until 1981. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a commissioner on the International Joint Commission.

In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.billminer.ca/dbfiles/b3.htm#P140
  3. ^ http://www.billminer.ca/dbfiles/b4.htm#P146
  4. ^ David Hajdu, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008): 152-3.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stuart Garson
Minister of Justice
1957-1962
Succeeded by
Donald Fleming
Preceded by
Jack Pickersgill
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
1957-1958
Succeeded by
Ellen Fairclough
Preceded by
Howard Charles Green
Minister of Public Works
1962-1963
Succeeded by
Jean-Paul Deschatelets
Party political offices
Preceded by
Deane Finlayson
Leader of the BC Conservative Party
1963-1965
Succeeded by
John Anthony St. Etienne DeWolf