James Lee (Canadian politician)

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James Matthew Lee

PC
26th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
17 November 1981 2 May 1986
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Joseph Aubin Doiron
Lloyd MacPhail
Preceded by Angus MacLean
Succeeded by Joe Ghiz
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island
In office
November 7, 1981 November 13, 1987
Preceded byAngus MacLean
Succeeded by Leone Bagnall (interim)
MLA (Assemblyman) for 5th Queens
In office
February 17, 1975 April 21, 1986
Preceded by Gordon L. Bennett
Succeeded by Wayne Cheverie
Personal details
Born
James Matthew Lee

(1937-03-26) March 26, 1937 (age 82)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s)
Patricia Laurie(m. 1960)
Children3
Residence Stanhope, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater Saint Dunstan's University
Occupationreal estate broker, tourist operator, and businessperson
ProfessionPolitician
CabinetMinister of Tourism, Parks and Conservation (1979–1980)
Minister of Health and Social Services (1980–1981)

James Matthew Lee, PC (born March 26, 1937) was the 26th premier of Prince Edward Island (1981–86). He was the leader of the PEI Progressive Conservative Party from 1981 to 1987.

Queens Privy Council for Canada

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The Premier of Prince Edward Island is the first minister for the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. They are the province's head of government and de facto chief executive.

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Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the son of James Matthew Lee and Catherine Blanchard, Lee was educated at Saint Dunstan's University. He married Patricia Laurie in 1960. [1]

St. Dunstan's University (SDU) is a former university which was located on the northern outskirts of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. SDU merged with Prince of Wales College (PWC) in 1969 to form the University of Prince Edward Island.

Island MLA

After a successful career in real estate and development, Lee ran in 1974 as a Progressive Conservative but failed to win a seat in the provincial legislature. Lee was elected to the PEI Legislature one year later after winning a by-election in 1975. Lee was re-elected in 1978, 1979 and 1982. [1] Lee ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI in 1976 and narrowly lost to future premier J. Angus MacLean. When MacLean was elected Premier in 1979, Lee served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Social Services and Minister of Tourism, Parks and Conservation from 1979 to 1980 and as Minister of Health and Social Services from 1980 to 1981. [2]

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Premier

In 1981 Premier Angus MacLean resigned as PC leader and James M. Lee won the PC leadership convention held to choose MacLean's successor, thus becoming the 26th Premier of Prince Edward Island. Lee led his party to re-election in 1982. In April 1982, he was sworn into the Privy Council of Canada by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. [1]

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A major accomplishment by the Lee government was the successful negotiation with the federal government to obtain the establishment of a school of veterinary medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island. Lee's government was defeated in the 1986 election which also cost him his seat in the legislature to Wayne Cheverie. [3]

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Wayne Cheverie is a Canadian former attorney, politician, government minister and currently a justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island.

Life after politics

He was appointed to be a commissioner on the Canadian Pension Commission and in 1998 became chairman of the PEI Workers' Compensation Board. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "James Matthew Lee". Premiers Gallery. Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  2. "Hon. James M. LEE". Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto . Retrieved 2009-05-26.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. 1 2 "Lee, James Matthew". The Canadian Encyclopedia . Retrieved 2009-05-26.