Walter Tucker (Canadian politician)

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Walter Adam Tucker
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1949–1953
Preceded by William John Patterson
Succeeded by Asmundur A. Loptson
Personal details
Born March 11, 1899
Died September 19, 1990( 1990-09-19) (aged 91)
Political party Liberal

Walter Adam Tucker (March 11, 1899 – September 19, 1990)[1] was a Canadian politician.

Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Tucker earned his BA from the University of Manitoba and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.[2]

He won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons where he was a Liberal MP for Rosthern, Saskatchewan from 1935 until 1948. He served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs from 1945 to 1948.[2]

He moved to provincial politics to lead the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the 1948 provincial election against the CCF government of Tommy Douglas promoting the Liberals as the defenders of capitalism against the socialist CCF. While Tucker was able to win a seat in the provincial legislature and become Leader of the Opposition, he failed in his attempts to defeat the CCF government in 1948 and then again in 1952. He resigned his seat in the provincial legislature in 1953 and returned to the federal House of Commons in the 1953 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1957 election but defeated in the Diefenbaker landslide the following year in the 1958 election.[1][2]

In 1963, he was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan where he served as a judge until 1974.[2]

His daughter, Shirley Tucker Parks, Q.C. (1930–2010), qualified as a lawyer in Saskatchewan in 1955, one of very few women in Canada to so qualify at that time. During a career that spanned positions at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Department of Justice (Canada), Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada, Shirley Parks was notable as a tireless advocate of the furtherance of the legal rights of women.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walter Adam Tucker Parliamentary biography, Library of Parliament, accessed February 12, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d Yazinowski, Dwayne, Tucker, Walter Adam (1899–1990), Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, February 12, 2008
  3. ^ Death Notice of Shirley Parks; www.legacy.com.

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