Haultain, Sir Frederick William Alpin GordonSir Frederick William Alpin Gordon Haultain, lawyer, politician (b at Woolwich, Eng 25 Nov 1857; d at Montréal 30 Jan 1942). After qualifying as a lawyer in Ontario, in 1884 Haultain moved to Fort Macleod in what was then the North-West Territories, where he resumed the practice of law.
Elected to the Territorial Assembly in 1888, he quickly emerged as leader of the faction demanding RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT for the Territories, and after this was won in 1897 he served as first minister of a nonpartisan administration until 1905. A man of the centre, equally popular among both Liberals and Conservatives, he strongly deplored the influence of partyism in politics and always insisted that it had no place in the West.
Nevertheless, his disillusionment with Laurier's government during extended negotiations to win provincial status gradually forced him to acknowledge his Conservative allegiance, and he campaigned for that party in the 1904 federal election.
When Laurier was returned to power and provincial status was granted, Haultain was ignored when the new Alberta and Saskatchewan governments were appointed. Subsequently he sat in the Saskatchewan legislature as leader of the opposition Provincial Rights Party from 1905 to 1912, when he retired to the bench as chief justice of the Superior Court of Saskatchewan. Knighted (1916) and named chancellor of University of Saskatchewan and chief justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (1917), he retired in 1938.