Alex Fraser (politician)

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Alexander Vaughan Fraser
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Cariboo
In office
August 27, 1969 – May 9, 1989
Serving with Neil Vant
(1986-1989)
Preceded by Robert Bonner
Succeeded by David Zirnhelt
Personal details
Born (1916-06-22)June 22, 1916
Victoria, British Columbia
Died May 9, 1989(1989-05-09) (aged 72)
Quesnel, British Columbia
Political party Social Credit Party of British Columbia
Spouse(s) Gertrude Watt
Occupation businessman
Military service
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Canadian Army
Years of service 1942–1946
Unit Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Alexander Vaughan (Alex) Fraser (June 22, 1916 – May 9, 1989) was a Canadian politician. Fraser began his career as a businessman in the central British Columbia town of Quesnel, located in the Cariboo region. During World War II, Alex enlisted and served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in British Columbia and Ontario from 1942 until his discharge in March, 1946.[1]

Fraser came from a political family. His father, John, served in both the provincial legislature and federal parliament. Fraser himself began his own political career in 1949, when he was elected as commissioner of Quesnel. In 1950 Fraser was elected reeve (later mayor) of Quesnel, a position he held for the next twenty years. During that time he served both as president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and chairman of the Cariboo Regional District.

Fraser moved from local to provincial politics in 1969, winning the Cariboo riding for the British Columbia Social Credit Party. In 1986, Fraser became ill and was diagnosed with throat cancer. He lost his voice after surgery in June, but ran in the election that same year. Eventually his throat cancer forced him to resign a few months before his death.

Fraser was a prominent member of the cabinets of Premiers Bill Bennett and Bill Vander Zalm, serving as the province's Minister of Transportation and Highways a cumulative total of eleven years between 1975 and 1986.

The Alex Fraser Bridge over the Fraser River (the river named for the explorer, Simon Fraser, and not the politician) is named in his honour. Part of Highway 91, the bridge links the municipalities of Richmond and Delta. The Alex Fraser Research Forest was created in 1987, and named in his honour. The Research Forest is operated by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry, and is located east of Williams Lake. A park in Quesnel is also named for him.

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Preceded by
Robert Bonner
MLA for Cariboo
1969–1989
Succeeded by
David Zirnhelt