Charles Mills Drury
|Member of Parliament|
25 June 1968 – 26 January 1978
|Preceded by||District created in 1966|
|Succeeded by||Don Johnston|
|Member of Parliament|
18 June 1962 – 24 June 1968
|Preceded by||A. Ross Webster|
|Succeeded by||District abolished in 1966|
|Born||17 May 1912|
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
|Died||12 January 1991 (aged 78)|
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
|Spouse||Jane Ferrier Counsell|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
|Years of service||1933–1970|
|Unit||Royal Canadian Artillery|
|Commands||4th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Early life and education
Born in Westmount, Quebec, he was the elder son of Victor Montague Drury (1884–1962), a prominent businessman who was the son of Major-General Charles William Drury (1856–1913) and the brother-in-law of Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook. He was educated at Selwyn House School and Bishop's College School, and he later attended the Royal Military College of Canada, McGill University (B.C.L., 1936) and the University of Paris.
Drury served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1933 to 1936, then he practiced law from 1936 to 1939. During World War II, he was a Canadian Army officer and from March−July 1944 commanded the 4th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, which took part in Operation Overlord, before being made the 2nd Division's General Staff Officer Grade 1 (GSO1) and later becoming the Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA) of the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General in 1945. After the war, he headed the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration mission in Poland from 1945 to 1947.
He then entered the Canadian civil service and was appointed as deputy minister of the Department of National Defence from 1949 to 1955. He spent 1955 to 1962 working on private family business before running for election to the House of Commons of Canada.
Drury was elected as a Liberal party Member of Parliament (MP) for the Montreal riding of Saint-Antoine—Westmount (later Westmount) in the 1962 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972 and 1974 elections.
He held many ministerial positions in the governments of prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, including Defence Production, Industry, Trade and Commerce, Treasury Board, National Defence (acting), Public Works and Finance (acting).
Electoral record (partial)
|1974 Canadian federal election: Westmount|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael Meighen||11,575||32.03|
|New Democratic||Peter P. Berlow||3,140||8.69|
|Social Credit||Joseph Ranger||412||1.14|
|Total valid votes||36,133||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||994|
|Electors on the lists||51,592|
- BGen Charles Drury, The Canada Veterans Hall of Valour.
- Charles Mills Drury, The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- William Fong (24 October 2008). J.W. McConnell: Financier, Philanthropist, Patriot. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 441. ISBN 978-0-7735-7468-7.
- Selwyn House School Yearbook 1950
- "Charles M. Drury" (PDF). Office of Central Reference. Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- The Hon. Charles Drury, Parliament of Canada biography.
- "Biography of Brigadier Charles Mills Drury (1912 – 1991), Canada".
- Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 3 January 2021.