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Alexander Turnbull (1952)

Alexander TurnbullAlexander Turnbull was the fourth Minister of Municipal Affairs (1952). Turnbull was one of three minsters to hold the post in 1952; he served as minister from January 19th to July 31st. Turnbull presided over various legislative amendments, most of which pertained to pipeline assessments.

Turnbull entered politics as the police commissioner and later reeve (mayor) of Tadanac, B.C. (a community that amalgamated with Trail in 1969). In 1949, he became the Coalition (Liberal) MLA for Rossland-Trail. He would eventually lead the ministries of Municipal Affairs, Trade and Industry, and Health.

Turnbull was among the last Liberal MLAs to govern prior to the party's return to power in 2001.

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British Columbia Archives. "Detailed fond: A.D. Turnbull Personal Papers and as MLA and Cabinet Minister 1927 - 1976". Call number: MS-0841.
British Columbia Archives.  "Mr. A.D. Turnbull".  Call number: D-09123.
Department of Municipal Affairs. Report for the Year Ended December 31st, 1952. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, 1954.
McMartin, Pete. "Last of Old-Time Liberals Gets to See His Party Return: Onetime Cabinet Minister Recalls Days of the Boss". The Vancouver Sun. 18 Oct 1991, 2nd ed: B4.