J. Donovan Ross
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
1952–1971
Personal details
Born
Joseph Donovan Ross

(1911-03-13)March 13, 1911
Fallis, Alberta
DiedMay 22, 1984(1984-05-22) (aged 73)
Political partySocial Credit
Childrennine
Alma mater
Occupationphysician

Dr. Joseph Donovan Ross (March 13, 1911 – May 22, 1984)[1] was a medical doctor and politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1952 to 1971. He also served as Minister of Health in the Alberta provincial government. He was known by the name Dr. J. Donovan Ross.

Political career

Ross first ran for public office as a Social Credit candidate in the 1952 Alberta general election in the multi-member district of Edmonton. He finished fifth out of twenty-nine candidates in the first round of the single transferable vote. In the second round he finished in a four-way tie for first place to take one of the seven seats.[2] In the 1955 general election, he finished eleventh out of thirty candidates in the first round. In the second round he finished fifth out of seventh place to win his second term.[3]

The Single Transferable Vote system was abolished and the Edmonton electoral district was broken up into nine single-member districts prior to the 1959 general election. Ross ran in Strathcona Centre and won with more than half of the popular vote over three other candidates.[4] In the 1963 general election, he won the highest percentage of popular vote during his political career, defeating two other candidates and winning the district with almost 60 percent of the district vote.[5] In the 1967 general election, he won a four-way race with just over 40% of the popular vote; the other three candidates all finished with strong showings in the race.[6] Strathcona Centre was abolished due to redistribution before the 1971 general election, and Ross ran in the new electoral district of Edmonton-Strathcona. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Julian Koziak.[7]

Ross served as Minister of Health for ten years in the Ernest Manning government. He was the father of Val Meredith, a former Member of Parliament from British Columbia from 1993-2004.

References

  1. ^ "Obituaries". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 131 (7): 781. 1984. PMC 1483567.
  2. ^ "Edmonton election results 1952". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  3. ^ "Edmonton election results 1955". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  4. ^ "Strathcona-Centre election results 1959". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  5. ^ "Strathcona-Centre election results 1963". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  6. ^ "Strathcona-Centre election results 1967". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  7. ^ "Edmonton-Strathcona election results 1971". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
Legislative Assembly of Alberta Preceded byLou Heard Clayton Adams Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton 1952–1959 District abolished New district Member of the Legislative Assembly for Strathcona Centre 1959–1971