Charles Drury

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Charles Mills "Bud" Drury
Charles Mills Drury.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Antoine—Westmount
In office
Preceded byA. Ross Webster
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1966.
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Westmount
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1966.
Succeeded byDon Johnston
Personal details
Born(1912-05-17)17 May 1912
Westmount, Quebec
Died12 January 1991(1991-01-12) (aged 78)
Political partyLiberal
Military service
RankBrigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War II

Charles Mills "Bud" Drury, PC OC CBE DSO QC (17 May 1912 – 12 January 1991) was a Canadian soldier, businessman, and politician.


Born in Westmount, Quebec, he was educated at Selwyn House School[1] and graduated from the RMC, in Kingston, Ontario; McGill University and the University of Paris.


During World War II, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. After the war, he was chief of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from 1945 to 1947. Drury was appointed deputy minister of national defence from 1948 to 1955. He spent 1955 to 1962 in private business.

He was elected as a Liberal 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, Public Works, Finance, and State for Science and Technology.

After leaving politics, he became chairman of the National Capital Commission, from 1978 to 1984.

In 1980, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1974: Westmount
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Charles Drury 20,816 57.61
     Progressive Conservative Michael Meighen 11,575 32.03
New Democratic Peter P. Berlow 3,140 8.69
Social Credit Joseph Ranger 412 1.14
Marxist–Leninist Lawrence Tansey 190 0.53
Total valid votes 36,133 100.00
Total rejected ballots 994
Turnout 37,127 71.96
Electors on the lists 51,592



  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968 Kingston, Ontario.
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. RMC. Kingston, Ontario. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
Government offices
Preceded by
Deputy Minister of National Defence
1948 – 1955
Succeeded by
Frank Robert Miller