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Alfred Johnson Brooks

Alfred Johnson Brooks, PC QC (November 14, 1890 – December 7, 1967) was a Canadian parliamentarian.

A teacher and barrister by training, Brooks represented King's County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1925 to 1935. He first won a seat in the House of Commons of Canada in the 1935 general election as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Royal, New Brunswick. He was re-elected on six successive occasions.

Following the election of the Progressive Conservative government of John Diefenbaker in the 1957 election, Brooks joined the Cabinet as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Acting Minister of National Health and Welfare.

In 1960, Diefenbaker appointed Brooks to the Senate of Canada, allowing Hugh John Flemming to succeed Brooks in his New Brunswick riding through a by-election. Brooks served as Leader of the Government in the Canadian Senate from 1962 to 1963. Following the defeat of the Diefenbaker government, he became Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Senate until his retirement from the Senate in October 1967, shortly before his death.

Electoral history

1958 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 10,483 59.85 +0.82
Liberal Clifford O'Neil 7,031 40.15 −0.82
Total valid votes 17,514 100.00
1957 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 10,051 59.03 +4.06
Liberal Miles Jenkins 6,977 40.97 −4.06
Total valid votes 17,028 100.00
1953 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 9,725 54.97 +3.04
Liberal Harold Perkins 7,968 45.03 +2.06
Total valid votes 17,693 100.00
1949 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 9,501 51.93 −1.08
Liberal Harold Perkins 7,863 42.97 +2.72
Co-operative Commonwealth Hazen Wiggins 933 5.10 −1.64
Total valid votes 18,297 100.00
1945 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 8,915 53.01 +0.31
Liberal Albert William Clark 6,769 40.25 −7.05
Co-operative Commonwealth Frank Coates 1,134 6.74
Total valid votes 16,818 100.00
1940 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 8017 52.70 +4.95
Liberal Donald V. White 7,196 47.30 +0.48
Total valid votes 15,213 100.00
1935 Canadian federal election: Fundy Royal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alfred Johnson Brooks 7,474 47.75 −4.18
Liberal Donald V. White 7,329 46.82 −1.25
Reconstruction James McCrea 849 5.42 Ø
Total valid votes 15,652 100.00
Government offices Preceded byWilliam Ross Macdonald Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada 1963–1967 Succeeded byJacques Flynn
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