Melvin McQuaid

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Melvin James McQuaid
MLA (Councillor) for 1st Kings
In office
1 September 1959 – 10 December 1962
Preceded by Brenton St. John
Succeeded by Daniel J. MacDonald
In office
4 December 1972 – 1 July 1976
Preceded by Daniel J. MacDonald
Succeeded by James Bernard Fay
Member of Parliament for King's
In office
8 November 1965 – 25 June 1968
Preceded by John Mullally
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament for Cardigan
In office
25 June 1968 – 1 September 1972
Preceded by riding created
Succeeded by Daniel J. MacDonald
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island
In office
2 February 1973 – 1 July 1976
Preceded by George Key
Succeeded by Lloyd MacPhail (interim)
Personal details
Born (1911-09-06)6 September 1911
Souris, Prince Edward Island
Died 16 January 2001(2001-01-16) (aged 89)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Catherine Handrahan (m. 15 September 1947, predeceased)[1]
Profession lawyer, clerk

Melvin James McQuaid (6 September 1911 – 16 January 2001) was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Souris, Prince Edward Island and became a lawyer and clerk by career.

McQuaid attended Saint Dunstan's University, St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Law School.[1]

In 1957, he became town clerk for Souris.[1] He served in provincial politics as a Councillor of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for 1st Kings District from 1959 to 1962, including functions as provincial treasurer and Attorney General.[1]

He was first elected at the King's riding in the 1965 general election, and re-elected at the Cardigan riding in the 1968 election.

After serving his terms in the 27th and 28th Canadian Parliaments, McQuaid returned to provincial politics to become leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party which was the Opposition party. He once again became a Councillor for the 1st Kings electoral district from 1972 until 1976. After leaving provincial office, McQuaid was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. After his retirement from the court in 1981, he served on the National Parole Board.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Normandin, Pierre G. (1970). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ "Melvin McQuaid dead at 89". CBC News. 17 January 2001. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Premier saddened by death of Honourable Melvin McQuaid". Premier of Prince Edward Island. 17 January 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 

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