A chance visit to the West in 1882 determined his future. He founded (1883) and edited the Regina Leader, the first newspaper in Assiniboia; the paper carried his detailed reports of the 1885 trial of Louis RIEL. A spellbinding speaker and Conservative MP for Assiniboia West from 1887-1900, Davin tried to gain provincial status for the territory, economic and property advantages for the new settlers, and even the franchise for women, but he never achieved his ambition to be a Cabinet minister. A mercurial personality, he became depressed by the decline of his political and personal fortunes and shot himself during a visit to Winnipeg. Davin wrote The Irishman in Canada (1877), as well as poetry and an unpublished novel.
Author LEE GIBSON