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Notable Ex Cadet – No. 805. COL. THE HON COLIN GIBSON, M.C., K.C.

Notable Ex Cadet – No. 805. COL. THE HON COLIN GIBSON, M.C., K.C.


Article transcribed from the 1947 – REVIEW

In mid-December the Prime Minister announced a series of shifts in Cabinet portfolios which brought Col. The Honourable Colin Gibson M.C., K.C., to the post of Secretary of State. RT. Hon. Mr. King’s first announcement on December 10 stated that Rt. Hon. Louis St. Laurent had resigned as Minister of Justice and would devote all his time to the important post of Minister of External Affairs. Rt. Jon. J. L. Ilsley relinquished the portfolio of Minister of Finance to succeed Mr. St. Laurent as Minister of Justice, and the Hon. Douglas C. Abbott moved from the Minister of National Defence (Army and Navy) to that of Finance. Three days later the Prime Minister made a further announcement of Cabinet changes. Hon. Brooke Claxton vacated the post of Minister of National Health and Welfare to assume charge of the Department of National Defence with the three forces returned to their pre-war status under one minister. Hon. Paul Martin was moved from the State Department to fill the Health and Welfare vacancy, and the Hon. Mr. Gibson became the Secretary of State.


Hon. Mr. Gibson, who now is the traditional head of the Civil Service, was born in Hamilton, Ont., on February 16, 1891, a son of Sir Gibson, K.C.M.G., former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, and Lady Gibson. He was educated at Highfield School, Hamilton; Royal Military College, Kingston, and Osgoode Hall, Toronto. He qualified as an Ontario Land Surveyor in 1912, and three years later was called to the bar of Ontario. In 1935 he was created a King’s counsellor. He practised law in Hamilton, and in August 1916, married Florence Kerr, daughter of Senator J. K. Kerr, P.C., of Toronto. They have four sons: No 2569, Major Desmond H., wounded twice in the war; Lieutenant Colin D., also wounded; Sapper J. Kerr and J. Gordon.

Hon. Mr. Gibson served with the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army from 1914 to 1918, and was wounded twice. He was awarded the Military Cross, the Belgian Order of Leopold, and the Croix de Guerre. He was a member of the Canadian Rifle team at Bisley in 1914, 1925, 1931, 1933, and 1935, and he commanded the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, the 4th Infantry Brigade, and the Hamilton Garrison. Other posts included the Presidency of the Royal Military College Club in 1935 and 1936; Chairmanship of the Council of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association from 1928, and membership on the Burlington Beach Commission, 1935-38. He was also Honourary Aide-de-Camp to Lord Bessborough and the late Lord Tweedsmuir during their respective terms as Governor General.

In 1940, Hon. Mr. Gibson was elected to the House of Commons for Hamilton West and was appointed Minister of National Revenue in July of that year. In 1945 he again successfully contested the Hamilton West seat, and in March of that year became Minister of National Defence for Air.

Colin W. G. Gibson – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Development of Air Power In Canada – The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 28 Feb 1946, Here