Hugh Austin Curtis

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Hugh Austin Curtis
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Saanich and the Islands
In office
August 30, 1972 – October 22, 1986
Preceded by John Douglas Tisdalle
Succeeded by Mel Couvelier
Terry Huberts
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia
In office
Premier Bill Bennett
Minister of Finance
In office
Premier Bill Bennett
Bill Vander Zalm
Personal details
Born (1932-10-03)October 3, 1932
Victoria, British Columbia
Died May 27, 2014(2014-05-27) (aged 81)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political party Social Credit
Progressive Conservative (1972-1974)
Spouse(s) Sheila Diane Harford
Children Gary, Dave, Susan
Profession sales

Hugh Austin Curtis (October 3, 1932 – May 27, 2014) was a sales manager and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Saanich and the Islands in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1972 to 1986 as a Progressive Conservative then Social Credit member.

He was born in Victoria, British Columbia,[1] the son of Austin Ivor Curtis and Helen Shepherd, and was educated there. In 1957, he married Sheila Diane Halford.

Curtis served on the municipal council for Saanich and was mayor from 1964 to 1973.[1] He left the Progressive Conservatives to join the Social Credit party in 1974.[2] Curtis served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, as Provincial Secretary and Minister of Government Services, and as Minister of Finance.[1]

In 2002, he was awarded the Freeman of Saanich distinction.[3]

He died of cancer on May 27, 2014 in a Victoria hospital.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Normandin, P G (1985). Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1985. 
  2. ^ "B.C. Tories in deep financial trouble". Calgary Herald. August 12, 1974. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Hugh Curtis (1975 - 1978)". Local Government Department History. Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Hugh Curtis, B.C. finance minister during the restraint era, dead at 81
  5. ^ Hugh Curtis, classy politician who forged change in tough times - Times Colonist