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Bud Olson

The Honourable
Bud Olson
14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
In office
17 April 1996 – 10 February 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
Premier Ralph Klein
Preceded by Gordon Towers
Succeeded by Lois Hole
Minister of Agriculture
In office
6 July 1968 – 26 November 1972
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by John James Greene
Succeeded by Eugene Whelan
Personal details
Born October 6, 1925
Iddesleigh, Alberta
Died February 14, 2002(2002-02-14) (aged 76)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Political party Social Credit –> Liberal

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson, PC, AOE (October 6, 1925 – February 14, 2002) was a Canadian businessman, politician, and the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. He also served as a Canadian Member of Parliament, Senator, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister of Economic and Regional Development. He was also a farmer and rancher, and president and operating officer of Farmer's Stockmen's Supplies in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, Alberta.

Early life

Born in Iddesleigh, Alberta on October 6, 1925. On January 27, 1947, he married Marion Lucille McLachlan. They had four children: Sharon Lee, Andrea Lucille, Juanita Carol and Horace Andrew Jr.

Federal politics

Bud Olson was first elected to the Diefenbaker sweep of 1958, but re-elected in 1962, 1963 and 1965.

With the Social Credit Party's English Canadian wing rapidly disintegrating, Olson crossed the floor in 1967 to join the Liberal Party. Olson supported Pierre Trudeau's successful candidacy for the Liberal leadership in 1968, and became minister of agriculture in the first Trudeau government. Olson served in that position until he lost his seat in the 1972 general election. He was one of only four Liberal MPs elected from Alberta in 1968 - all of whom were defeated in 1972 due to Trudeau's increasing unpopularity in Western Canada, particularly Alberta.

Olson was unsuccessful in his attempt to return to Parliament in 1974, and in 1977, Trudeau appointed him to the Canadian Senate. Olson served as leader of the opposition in the Senate in 1979, and returned to Cabinet when the

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