Simon Fraser Tolmie

Simon Fraser Tolmie, PC ( born January 25, 1867 in Victoria, British Columbia, † October 13, 1937 ) was a Canadian politician, farmer and veterinarian. He was from 1919 to 1921 and 1926 Canadian Minister of Agriculture. Then he took over the party presidency of the British Columbia Conservative Party and was dated August 21, 1928 to November 15th, 1933 Prime Minister for the province of British Columbia.


Tolmie was descended from one of the first families who settled in Victoria. Both his father, William Fraser Tolmie and his maternal grandfather had held influential positions in the Hudson's Bay Company. Tolmie spent his childhood on the family's own Hillside farm in Victoria. He went to Guelph, where he in 1891 at the Ontario Veterinary College, earned a degree in veterinary medicine. He later rose to the top livestock inspector of the country and was incidentally also worked as a farmer.

On December 17, 1917 Tolmie was elected in the general election as a deputy of the constituency Victoria. In the House he initially belonged to the Unionist Party under whose resolution of the Conservative Party. Under Robert Borden and Arthur Meighen he was from August 1919 to December 1921 and July to September 1926 Canadian Minister of Agriculture.

Tolmie in 1926 was elected chairman of the British Columbia Conservative Party, but remained until 1928 deputy in the Canadian House of Commons. In the elections to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in July 1928, the Conservatives achieved an absolute majority; Tolmie had successes in the constituency of Saanich. On August 21, 1928, he went to the office of Prime Minister province, next he was Minister of Railways.

On the world economic crisis, the government reacted extremely slowly. Until 1931, the unemployment rate rose to 28% and Tolmie was a labor camp in the deserted inland set up. Massive cuts in social services led to a massive protest movement. The Conservative Party was so torn by internal power struggles that the party leadership decided to set up any official candidates in the elections in November 1933. The party splintered into several groups, and suffered a heavy defeat. On November 15, 1933 entered Tolmie, who had lost his own seat, back.

1936 Tolmie won at a by-election his old House seat in Victoria back, but died a year later. He was the last Conservative Prime Minister of British Columbia.