Arthur James Richard Ash

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Arthur James Richard Ash (September 30, 1906[1] – January 15, 1988[2]) was a merchant and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Saanich in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1948 to 1952 as a Liberal.

He was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of W.H. Ash and Catherine McDonald, and was educated in Ottawa. In 1934, he was named a lieutenant in the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards of Ottawa. Ash married Vera Marie Carnie in 1943. He was an alderman in Ottawa from 1934 to 1942, served during World War II and moved to Saanich, British Columbia in 1946.[1] Ash was first elected to the assembly in a 1948 by-election held after Norman William Whittaker was named to the BC Supreme Court. He was a member of the Liberal-Conservative coalition in the provincial assembly. Ash was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1952.[3] He also served two terms as reeve of Saanich.[4] Ash died in Victoria, at the age of 81.[2]


  1. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G (1951). Canadian Parliamentary Guide 1951. 
  2. ^ a b "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Candidate looks to continue service". Oak Bay News. October 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29.