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Alf Hales

About the Interviewee: 
President OAC Alumni Assoc. 1956-57. MP for Guelph 1957-74

Alf Hales, and OAC ’34 graduate, grew up in Guelph across the street from what is now the Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery. He was on the Intermediate Intercollegiate football team that won the championship in 1932 and 1933, and later played for the Toronto Argonauts for two years. He received the Danforth Scholarship awarded each year to students from 40 agricultural universities in the US and one in Canada. In 1933, he was a member of the OAC Meat Judging team that won the judging competition in Chicago. Alf was the top individual judge in that competition. This led to an offer from Swift Canadian where he worked for three years before returning to Guelph to join the family meat business that had been established by his grandfather in 1887 and continued until 1965. In 1957 Alf won the Wellington South seat in the federal parliament and held the seat until his retirement in 1974, winning six elections. He served for a period as Chair of the Public Accounts committee. During his tenure, he established the Parliamentary Internship program. An award for the best intern each year has been established in his name.

Grad Year: 
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Interview Date: 
N.R. Richards
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340036