Davie Fulton

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Davie Fulton
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kamloops
In office
November 8, 1965 – June 24, 1968
Preceded byCharles Willoughby
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1966
In office
June 11, 1945 – April 7, 1963
Preceded byThomas O'Neill
Succeeded byCharles Willoughby
Personal details
Edmund Davie Fulton

(1916-03-10)March 10, 1916
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
DiedMay 22, 2000(2000-05-22) (aged 84)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
RelationsFrederick John Fulton, father
ProfessionBarrister and solicitor

Edmund Davie Fulton, PC OC QC (March 10, 1916 – May 22, 2000) was a Canadian Rhodes Scholar, politician and judge. He was born in Kamloops, British Columbia,[1] the son of politician/lawyer Frederick John Fulton and Winnifred M. Davie, daughter of A. E. B. Davie. He was the youngest of 4 children.[2]

Military career[edit]

Davie Fulton served in the Second World War with the Canadian Army overseas as Platoon and Company Commander with Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division in the Italian and Northwestern Europe campaigns. His brother John "Moose" Fulton distinguished himself in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He went missing in action in late 1942, and in 1943 Kamloops adopted the Moose Squadron in honour of its commander. In 1944 the Kamloops airport was dedicated as Fulton Field.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was brought home from the war by the Conservative Party and won a seat by 100 votes in the House of Commons of Canada in the 1945 general election.

In 1949 he introduced legislation to criminalize the publication, distribution, and sale of crime comics, as the result of a murder by two Yukon teens that was blamed on the influence of the crime comics which the perpetrators had read.[4]

He ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada at the 1956 leadership convention, placing third behind John Diefenbaker.

When Diefenbaker led the party to victory in the 1957 election, he appointed Fulton to Cabinet as Minister of Justice. As Minister, Fulton was involved in negotiations to patriate the Canadian Constitution, and developed the "Fulton–Favreau formula". In 1962, he became Minister of Public Works. His cousin, Albert McPhillips, was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries around this time.

He resigned from Cabinet in 1963, when he decided to leave federal politics and take the leadership of the British Columbia Progressive Conservative Party. His efforts to revive the provincial Tories in BC were a failure, and he returned to the House of Commons in the 1965 election.

Fulton stood as a candidate at the 1967 federal PC leadership convention, and placed third behind Robert Stanfield and Dufferin Roblin.

After losing his seat in the 1968 election, he retired from politics and returned to the law. In 1973, he became a justice on the British Columbia Supreme Court, and served until 1981. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a commissioner on the International Joint Commission.

In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He died in Vancouver on May 22, 2000.[5]


There is a Davie Fulton fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.utpress.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/cw2w3.cgi?p=frith&t=39665&d=2264
  2. ^ "Names - B3". Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ "Names - B4". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  4. ^ David Hajdu, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008): 152-3.
  5. ^ "Former federal cabinet minister dead at 84".
  6. ^ "E. Davie Fulton fonds, Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Public Works
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the BC Conservative Party
Succeeded by