John Walter Jones
|John Walter Jones|
|20th Premier of Prince Edward Island|
May 11, 1943 – May 25, 1953
|Lieutenant Governor||Bradford W. LePage
Joseph A. Bernard
T. William L. Prowse
|Preceded by||Thane A. Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Alex W. Matheson|
April 14, 1878|
Pownal, Prince Edward Island
|Died||March 31, 1954
|Spouse(s)||Katherine Francis Bovyer (m. 1909)|
|Children||Lois, Vimy, Flelen, Bovyer, Bernard (“Bus”)|
|Residence||Bunbury, Prince Edward Island|
|Alma mater||Acadia University|
|Occupation||farmer, scientist, and teacher|
|Cabinet||Minister of Public Welfare and Minister in Charge of Air Raid Precautions (1943-1944)
Minister of Agriculture (1944-1945)
Minister of Education (1945-1950) (1951-1953)
Minister of Reconstruction (1945-1949)
Provincial Secretary-Treasurer (1949-1950)
Minister of Public Works and Highways (1950)
John Walter Jones (April 14, 1878 – March 31, 1954) was a politician and farmer in Prince Edward Island, Canada. An agronomist, he was instrumental in introducing the potato crop to the island, which was to become a staple of the economy. In 1935, he received the King George V medal as the best farmer in the province.
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as a Liberal in 1935. In 1943, he became the 20th Premier of the province when Thane A. Campbell was appointed Chief Justice of the PEI Supreme Court.
The government of "Farmer Jones" repealed strict prohibition, and created the PEI Liquor Control Commission to regulate the sale of liquor. He had to proceed by order-in-council because the lieutenant governor, as a prohibitionist, refused to give Royal Assent to the necessary legislation. In 1947, his government broke a strike at Canada Packers, a meat-packing plant, by seizing the plant, employing strike-breakers and outlawing trade union affiliation with national or international unions in the name of "protect(ing) the farm interest".
He left provincial politics in 1953 to accept an appointment to the Canadian Senate.
Thane Alexander Campbell
|Premier of Prince Edward Island
Alexander Wallace Matheson