Hugh John Flemming

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The Honourable
Hugh John Flemming
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Carleton-Charlotte
In office
June 25, 1968 – October 30, 1972
Preceded by riding created
Succeeded by Fred McCain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Victoria-Carleton
In office
June 18, 1962 – June 25, 1968
Preceded by Gage Montgomery
Succeeded by riding abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Royal
In office
October 31, 1960 – June 18, 1962
Preceded by Alfred J. Brooks
Succeeded by Gordon Fairweather
24th Premier of New Brunswick
In office
October 8, 1952 – July 11, 1960
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor David L. MacLaren
Joseph Leonard O'Brien
Preceded by John B. McNair
Succeeded by Louis Robichaud
Personal details
Born (1899-01-05)January 5, 1899
Peel, New Brunswick
Died October 16, 1982(1982-10-16) (aged 83)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Resting place Methodist Church Cemetery
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Aida McAnn (m. 1946)
Religion Protestant

Hugh John Flemming, PC (January 5, 1899, in Peel, New Brunswick, Canada – October 16, 1982, in Fredericton, New Brunswick) was a politician and the 24th Premier of New Brunswick.

He is always known as "Hugh John". The son of James Kidd Flemming, Premier of New Brunswick from 1911 to 1914, Hugh John Flemming was first elected to the province's Legislative Assembly in 1944 after more than twenty years as a municipal councillor. In 1951 he became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick leading the party to victory in 1952. As Premier, Flemming modernized the province's hydro system, built the Beechwood Dam, the then largest project of its kind, and presented a balanced budget every year in office. In 1960 his government was defeated over the issue of hospital taxes.

Following the defeat of his provincial government, he was named Minister of Forestry in the cabinet of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and later became Minister of National Revenue in 1962. He sought a seat in a by-election in southern New Brunswick in 1960 and was re-elected to his home district four times before he retired from the House of Commons of Canada in 1972. His son, Hugh John Flemming, Jr. ran for a seat in the New Brunswick Legislature in 1974 but lost to Shirley Dysart by 73 votes. His grandson Ted Flemming was elected to the provincial legislature in the Rothesay by-election, 2012.

Flemming's family-run lumber mill in the village of Juniper, New Brunswick ran into financial difficulties in the late 1970s, but his friend Harrison McCain, organized an investment campaign that raised sufficient capital from businessmen to allow the mill to make a financial recovery. The company today is owned by Nexfor Inc. of Toronto, Ontario.[citation needed]

Flemming and his wife Aida are buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery in Woodstock, New Brunswick.[1]


  1. ^ "Gravestones & Inscriptions". Rootsweb. p. 5. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Alfred J. Brooks
Member of Parliament for Royal
Succeeded by
Gordon Fairweather
Preceded by
Gage Montgomery
Member of Parliament for

Succeeded by
riding split and partially merged
Preceded by
riding created
Member of Parliament for

Succeeded by
Fred McCain
18th Ministry – Cabinet of John Diefenbaker
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
George Nowlan Minister of National Revenue
Jack Garland
New portfolio Minister of Forestry
Martial Asselin