Thomas McKay (Northwest Territories politician)

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Thomas McKay (July 4, 1849 – 1924[1]) was a farmer and political figure[2] in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented Prince Albert in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1891 to 1894 and from 1898 to 1905. McKay was the brother-in-law of Lawrence Clarke, and like Clarke was connected to the Conservative Party of Canada. McKay was a Protestant Métis or Anglo-Metis individual, and was involved in the troubles of 1885 on the side of the federal government.

He was born in Fort Pelly, the son of William McKay and Mary Cook, and was educated in the Red River settlement (today's Winnipeg).[2] McKay worked as a clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company from 1864 to 1873, when he settled in Prince Albert.[3] In 1873, he married Catherine McBeath. He did not run for reelection in 1894 but was defeated in an 1897 by-election.[2] McKay became the first mayor of Prince Albert in 1885.[4] McKay also ran unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party in the federal election of 1904 for the riding of Saskatchewan when he was defeated by Liberal John Lamont. McKay is buried at the Royal Anglican cemetery on Royal Road south of Prince Albert.


  1. ^ "McKay, Thomas - First Mayor of Prince Albert". University of Saskatchewan Archives. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1903, AJ Magurn
  3. ^ "Thomas McKay, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan". Glenbow Museum. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  4. ^ Abrams, Garry (1966). Prince Albert : the first century, 1866-1966. p. 379. Retrieved 2009-08-24.