Maitland, Royal Lethington

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Maitland, Royal Lethington

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1889-1946

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Born in Ingersoll, Ontario January 9, 1889, Royal Lethington Maitland came to British Columbia with his parents the following year. After reading law with Burns and Walkem (1908-1913) and presiding over the Vancouver Law Students Society (1910-1911), Maitland was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1913; subsequently, he entered legal practice with his father. In 1915, Maitland became City Prosecutor for Vancouver; he served in this capacity until 1919. In 1928, he was appointed King's Counsel. Maitland entered active politics in 1924 when he ran for provincial office as an MLA for Vancouver; however, he was defeated in this contest. In 1928, he ran for office successfully and was appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Tolmie Cabinet where he remained until November 1933. In 1937, Maitland returned to provincial politics as the Member from the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey. In September of the following year, he was chosen as leader of the Conservative Party of British Columbia; he became Leader of the Opposition in the Legislature in October 1938. In 1941, Maitland was re-elected and, with Premier John Hart, formed a coalition government. In December 1941, Royal Lethington Maitland was sworn in as Attorney- General. He died in office on March 28, 1946.

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