William Chant

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William N. Chant
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Victoria
Victoria City (1953-1966)
In office
June 9, 1953 – August 30, 1972
Serving with Lydia Arsens and
Walter Wright (1953-1956)
George Gregory (1956-1960)
John Donald Smith (1956-1966)
Waldo Skillings (1960-1972)
Preceded by Daniel John Proudfoot
Succeeded by David Anderson
Newell Morrison
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Camrose
In office
August 22, 1935 – March 21, 1940
Preceded by Chester Ronning
Succeeded by David B. Mullen
Personal details
Born (1895-07-13)July 13, 1895
Brampton, Ontario
Died September 25, 1976(1976-09-25) (aged 81)
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Political party Social Credit
Independent Progressive

William Neelands Chant (July 13, 1895 – September 25, 1976) was a farmer and political figure in Alberta and British Columbia. He represented Camrose in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1935 to 1940 as a Social Credit and then Independent member and Victoria City in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1953 to 1972 as a Social Credit member.[1][2]

He was born in Brampton, Ontario, the son of John Daniel Chant and Mary Abigail Neelands, and was educated there. In 1921, he married Ella Victoria Langbell. Chant was a member of the municipal council and a school trustee for Camrose, Alberta. He served during World War I.[1] Chant was Minister of Agriculture in the Alberta cabinet[3] but resigned from his cabinet post in the Social Credit backbenchers' revolt of 1937.[4] He was defeated when he ran for reelection to the Alberta assembly as an Independent Progressive Party candidate in 1944.[5] Chant ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the British Columbia assembly in 1952 before being elected in 1953;[6] he served as Minister of Public Works in the British Columbia cabinet.[3]


  1. ^ a b Normandin, P G (1965). Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1965. 
  2. ^ "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. January 13, 1977. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  3. ^ a b "William Chant fonds". British Columbia Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ Finkel, Alvin (1989). The Social Credit phenomenon in Alberta. University of Toronto Press. p. 61. ISBN 0-8020-5821-3. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Camrose results 1944". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 

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