Walter Edward Foster

Walter Edward Foster, businessman, politician, premier of New Brunswick 1917-23 (b at St Martins, NB 9 Apr 1873; d at Saint John 14 Nov 1947). Chosen Liberal Opposition leader in 1916 and premier following the Liberal victory in 1917 he sat for Victoria in 1917 and Saint John City in 1920.

Foster, Walter Edward

Walter Edward Foster, businessman, politician, premier of New Brunswick 1917-23 (b at St Martins, NB 9 Apr 1873; d at Saint John 14 Nov 1947). Chosen Liberal Opposition leader in 1916 and premier following the Liberal victory in 1917 he sat for Victoria in 1917 and Saint John City in 1920. An advocate of MARITIME RIGHTS, his government established the Department of Health 1918, enfranchised women (1919) and created the NB Electric Power Commission 1920. Owing to personal financial problems, he resigned in 1923. He was named secretary of state in 1925 but was defeated in a federal election that year. Appointed to the Senate in 1928, Foster acted as Speaker from 1936-40.