Dysart, A. Allison

A. Allison Dysart, lawyer, politician, judge, premier of New Brunswick (b at Cocagne, NB 22 Mar 1880; d at Moncton, NB 8 Dec 1962). Educated at Ontario Agricultural Coll, St Joseph's University and Dalhousie, he practised law in Bouctouche. He was elected MLA in 1917 for Kent County, was Speaker 1921-25 and minister of lands and mines 1925. Following the Liberal defeat, Dysart succeeded P.J. Veniot in 1926 as leader of the Opposition. In 1935 he led his party to victory, defeating every member of the Cabinet of L.P.D. Tilley. His government introduced the first Landlord and Tenants Act 1938, modernized the Labour Relations Act and worked to restore economic health following the Depression. Re-elected in 1939, Dysart resigned in 1940 as premier to become county court judge for Kent and Westmorland. He retired in 1957.