Memorable Manitobans: Phillipe Adjutor “Pete” Talbot (1879-1967)
Businessman, MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927), Speaker (1923-1936), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936).
Born at St. Pierre du Sud, Quebec in 1879, he came to Manitoba around 1900 and worked as a telegraph operator and agent for the Canadian Northern Railway at Makinak, Somerset, and St. Boniface. He left the railway in 1906, entering the realty and coal business as a business partner of Senator Aime Benard. He organized and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Farmers Packing Company and a Director of the Excelsior Coal Mining Company and Northern Supply Company.
In the provincial election of 1914 he contested the La Verendrye constituency and was defeated by J. B. Lauzon. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1915 as a Liberal, but left the party in 1916 over the school question in Quebec. He ran as an Independent in the 1920 general election. His motion of censure forced the Norris government to call an election, which it lost, in 1922. Under the successor Bracken government, elected in 1927, Talbot was chosen Speaker of the House, serving until 1936, when he could not win renomination in his riding. He was re-elected in 1927 and 1932. In 1937, he became Clerk of the Executive Council and remained there until retirement in 1948.
He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 8 March 1967 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Former house speaker, P. A. Talbot dies at 89,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1967, page 5.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 1967, page 32.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 January 2023