Michael Clark (Canadian politician)

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Michael Clark
Member of Parliament for Red Deer
In office
1908–1921
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Alfred Speakman
Personal details
Born (1861-05-12)May 12, 1861
Belford, Northumberland, England
Died July 29, 1926(1926-07-29) (aged 65)
Olds, Alberta, Canada
Political party Liberal Party of Canada, Unionist
Occupation Physician

Michael Clark (May 12, 1861 – July 29, 1926) was a Canadian physician and politician from Alberta, Canada.

Early life[edit]

Born in Belford, Northumberland, England, he immigrated to Olds, Alberta, Canada in 1902. He was a physician in England prior to immigrating to Alberta, Canada. He became involved in politics after homesteading, because he was not able to practice medicine in Canada.

Political career[edit]

Clark ran as a Liberal candidate in the Rosebud electoral district in the 1905 Alberta general election. He was defeated by Conservative candidate Cornelius Hiebert.

Clark ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1908 Canadian federal election in the Red Deer district as a candidate of the Liberal Party. He defeated Conservative candidate George Root to win in the new riding, to start his first term in office. Clark ran for his second term in office in the 1911 Canadian federal election; this time, he defeated Conservative challenger and future Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Alexander McGillivray.

Clark joined the board of directors for the University of Alberta in 1911 and served in that position for a year.

In 1917, he ran for his 3rd term in office as a supporter of the Unionist government and was successful, defeating former Alberta MLA William Puffer. Clark joined the Progressive Party of Canada in 1920 but returned to the Liberals just a year later due to his opposition of class based politics practiced by the United Farmers of Alberta.

He ran for the Liberals in the Mackenzie electoral district in Saskatchewan in the 1921 Canadian federal election but was defeated by Progressive candidate Milton Neil Campbell and lost his seat.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
New district
Member of Parliament Red Deer
1908-1921
Succeeded by
Alfred Speakman