Howard Charles Green.
Howard Charles Green.

Howard Charles Green, PC (November 5, 1895 – June 26, 1989) was a Canadian federal politician.

Opposition career

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1935 federal election as a Conservative from Vancouver, British Columbia in the election which saw the defeat of Prime Minister R. B. Bennett's government. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for 28 years. Between his first election in 1935 and the 1949 federal election he was MP for the riding of Vancouver South. From 1949 until he was voted out of office, he represented the riding of Vancouver Quadra.

In 1942, he was a candidate at the party's leadership convention, and placed fourth. At the same convention, the Conservative Party changed its name to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Green was a fierce critic of Louis St. Laurent and Lester B. Pearson's actions in the Suez Crisis. In the debate upon Pearson's return from the United Nations, Green said the Liberal government "by its actions in the Suez crisis, has made this month of November 1956, the most disgraceful period for Canada in the history of this nation," and that it was "high time Canada had a government which will not knife Canada's best friends in the back."[1]

Ministerial offices

When John Diefenbaker became prime minister after a surprise victory in the 1957 Canadian federal election, Green became Minister of Public Works. He became Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1959 following the death of Sidney Earle Smith.

Anti-nuclear stance

He was a strong supporter of the Commonwealth of Nations and advocated nuclear disarmament, backing Diefenbaker's position against having Canada accept nuclear-tipped Bomarc missiles—a position that led to the resignation of several ministers and contributed to the fall of the Diefenbaker government. He helped promote the country's international role until he was defeated along with the Tory government in the 1963 federal election.


There is a Howard Charles Green fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[2]



Parliament of Canada Preceded byAngus MacInnis1930–1935 Member of Parliament for Vancouver South 1935–1949 Succeeded byArthur Laing1949–1953 Preceded byFirst Office-Holder Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra 1949–1963 Succeeded byGrant Deachman1963–1972 18th Ministry – Cabinet of John Diefenbaker Cabinet posts (2) Predecessor Office Successor John Diefenbaker(Acting) Secretary of State for External Affairs4 Jun 1959 – 21 April 1963 Paul Martin Sr. Robert Winters Minister of Public Works21 June 1957 – 19 August 1959 David Walker