George Roy McWilliam
|George Roy McWilliam|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||John William Maloney|
|Succeeded by||G.A. Percy Smith|
July 21, 1905|
Sydney, Nova Scotia
|Died||May 15, 1977(aged 71)|
George Roy McWilliam (July 21, 1905 – May 15, 1977) was a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons for the constituency of Northumberland—Miramichi in New Brunswick from 1949 until 1968. He was a resident of Newcastle, New Brunswick for most of his life, where he was the publisher and editor of the North Shore Leader, a local weekly newspaper.
McWilliam served as MP through the middle of a long period of Liberal ascendancy in the Miramichi Valley. The coalition that sustained the Liberal Party was centered on the Irish vote, especially from the town of Chatham where they formed the majority, buttressed by the votes of the Irish minority in Newcastle, and the smaller Irish villages like St. Margarets, Barnaby River and Sevogle. Added to this were the votes of the French-speaking Acadians of Neguac, Rogersville, Beaverbrook and Baie-Sainte-Anne and surrounding areas. The majority of Protestants voted Progressive Conservative, but there were always a minority who supported the Liberals.
Although Catholics generally supported the Liberal Party, the Irish Catholic clergy did not generally involve themselves in politics.
Roy McWilliam's sister was the noted Miramichi historian Edith McAllister.
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