C. D. Howe

Politician

1886 – 1960

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Who was C. D. Howe?

Clarence Decatur "C. D." Howe, PC was a powerful Canadian Cabinet minister, representing the Liberal Party. Howe served in the governments of Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King and Louis St. Laurent continuously from 1935 to 1957. He is credited with transforming the Canadian economy from agriculture-based to industrial. During the Second World War, his involvement in the war effort was so extensive that he was nicknamed the "Minister of Everything."

Born in Massachusetts, Howe moved to Nova Scotia as a young adult to take up a professorship at Dalhousie University. After working for the Canadian government as an engineer, he began his own firm, and became a wealthy man. In 1935, he was recruited as a Liberal candidate for the Canadian House of Commons by then Opposition leader Mackenzie King. The Liberals won the election in a landslide, and Howe won his seat. Mackenzie King appointed him to the Cabinet. There, he took major parts in many new enterprises, including the founding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Trans-Canada Air Lines. When World War II began in 1939, Howe played a crucial role in Canada's war effort, and recruited many corporate executives to serve in wartime enterprises.

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Born
Jan 15, 1886
Waltham
Also known as
  • Clarence Decatur Howe
Spouses
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Employment
  • Dalhousie University
Lived in
  • Thunder Bay
  • Canada
    (1908 - )
Died
Dec 31, 1960
Montreal

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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