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John Oliver (British Columbia politician)

John Oliver
19th Premier of British Columbia
In office
March 6, 1918 – August 17, 1927
Monarch George V
Lieutenant Governor Francis Stillman Barnard
Edward Gawler Prior
Walter Cameron Nichol
Robert Randolph Bruce
Preceded by Harlan Carey Brewster
Succeeded by John Duncan MacLean
Personal details
Born (1856-07-31)July 31, 1856
Hartington, England
Died August 17, 1927(1927-08-17) (aged 71)
London, England
Political party Liberal

John Oliver (Hartington, England July 31, 1856 – August 17, 1927) was a politician and farmer in British Columbia, Canada.

Oliver was involved in local politics when he won a seat in the provincial legislature in the 1900 election, and became leader of the opposition. He lost his seat in the 1909 election. He returned to the legislature in the 1916 election as a Liberal member, and became Minister of Agriculture and Railways in the cabinet of Harlan Carey Brewster. Oliver succeeded Brewster to become the 19th Premier when Brewster died in 1918. Oliver's government developed the produce industry in the Okanagan Valley, and tried to persuade the federal government to lower the freight rate for rail transport. Oliver remained premier until his death in 1927.

John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mount John Oliver in the Premier Range of the Cariboo Mountains, the town of Oliver, British Columbia, and Oliver Street in Williams Lake, British Columbia, are all named after him.

Electoral History

|- |bgcolor="lightcoral"|     |Liberal |John Oliver |align="right"|447 |align="right"|59.13% |align="right"| |align="right"|unknown |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes !align="right"|756 !align="right"|100.00% !align="right"| |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots !align="right"| !align="right"| !align="right"| |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Turnout !align="right"|% !align="right"| !align="right"| |}

|- |bgcolor="lightcoral"|     |Liberal |John Oliver |align="right"|430 |align="right"|62.23% |align="right"| |align="right"|unknown |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes !align="right"|691 !align="right"|100.00% !align="right"| |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots !align="right"| !align="right"| !align="right"| |- bgcolor="white" !align="right" colspan=3|Turnout !align="right"|% !align="right"| !align="right"| |}

12th British Columbia election, 1909
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal John Oliver 551 41.87% unknown
Total valid votes 1,316 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
1 Results of recount as reported in New Westminster Columbian 29 November 1909, p. 1
13th British Columbia election, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal John Oliver 308 29.17% unknown
Total valid votes 1,056 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %


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