Thomas Gordon William Ashbourne

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Thomas Gordon William Ashbourne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Grand Falls—White Bay
In office
1949–1953
Preceded by District was created in 1949
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1952
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Grand Falls—White Bay—Labrador
In office
1953–1958
Preceded by District was created in 1952
Succeeded by Charles Granger
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Twillingate
In office
1924–1928
Personal details
Born (1894-12-04)December 4, 1894
Twillingate, Newfoundland
Died March 8, 1984(1984-03-08) (aged 89)
Political party Liberal

Thomas Gordon William Ashbourne (December 4, 1894 – March 8, 1984) was a Canadian politician who was part of the Newfoundland National Convention which discussed the terms of union between Newfoundland and Canada.

Early life[edit]

Born in Twillingate, Newfoundland, he was classmates with Lester Pearson while attending Victoria College, University of Toronto. After graduating in 1917, he joined the Canadian Army but was later not allowed to fight due to an irregular heartbeat. He fought instead with the British Army in Flanders from 1917 to 1918.

Politics[edit]

In 1923, he was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Twillingate and was re-elected 1924.

In 1947, he was elected to the Newfoundland National Convention for Twillingate. He also visited Parliament Hill with the Ottawa Delegation to negotiate the Terms of Union for Confederation with Canada.[1]

The delegation's members (With their districts) were:

Post-Confederation[edit]

After Confederation, Ashbourne was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Grand Falls—White Bay in 1949. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1953 and 1957.

References[edit]

  • "Thomas G. W. Ashbourne MP helped take Newfoundland into Canada". The Globe and Mail. March 9, 1984. 

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