Bud Olson

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson, PC AOE (October 6, 1925 February 14, 2002) was a Canadian businessman, politician, and the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. He also served as a Member of Parliament, Senator, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister of Economic and Regional Development. He was also a farmer and rancher, and president and operating officer of Farmer's Stockmen's Supplies in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, Alberta.

Bud Olson

14th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
In office
April 17, 1996  February 10, 2000
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRoméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
PremierRalph Klein
Preceded byGordon Towers
Succeeded byLois Hole
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Medicine Hat
In office
June 10, 1957  March 31, 1958
Preceded byWilliam Duncan Wylie
Succeeded byEdwin William Brunsden
In office
June 18, 1962  October 30, 1972
Preceded byEdwin William Brunsden
Succeeded byBert Hargrave
Minister of Agriculture
In office
6 July 1968  26 November 1972
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byJohn James Greene
Succeeded byEugene Whelan
Senator for Alberta South, Alberta
In office
April 5, 1977  March 7, 1996
Appointed byPierre Trudeau
Personal details
BornOctober 6, 1925
Iddesleigh, Alberta
Died February 14, 2002(2002-02-14) (aged 76)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Political partyLiberal (1967 onwards)
Social Credit (until 1967)
Marion Lucille McLachlan (m. 1947)
Occupationfarmer, rancher and businessman

Early life

Born in Iddesleigh, Alberta on October 6, 1925. On January 27, 1947, he married Marion Lucille McLachlan. They had four children: Sharon Lee, Andrea Lucille, Juanita Carol and Horace Andrew Jr.

Federal politics

Bud Olson was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1957 election as a Social Credit Member of Parliament (MP) from Medicine Hat. He was defeated in the Diefenbaker sweep of 1958, but re-elected in 1962, 1963 and 1965.

With the Social Credit Party's English Canadian wing rapidly disintegrating, Olson crossed the floor in 1967 to join the Liberal Party. Olson supported Pierre Trudeau's successful candidacy for the Liberal leadership in 1968, narrowly won re-election as an MP in 1968 and became minister of agriculture in the first Trudeau government. Olson served in that position until he was heavily defeated by Progressive Conservative Bert Hargrave in the 1972 general election. He was one of only four Liberal MPs elected from Alberta in 1968 all of whom were defeated in 1972 due to Trudeau's increasing unpopularity in Western Canada, particularly Alberta. To date, Olson is the last Liberal elected from a rural Alberta riding.

Olson sought a rematch against Hargrave in 1974, but lost by a margin almost as large as he had in 1972. In 1977, Trudeau appointed him to the Senate of Canada. Olson served as leader of the opposition in the Senate in 1979, and returned to Cabinet when the Trudeau Liberals returned to power in 1980.

He served as Minister of Economic and Regional Development from 1980 to 1984, as well as Leader of the Government in the Senate. As one of Trudeau's most powerful ministers, he chaired the cabinet committee on economic development from 1980 to 1983. He was also the minister responsible for the Northern Pipeline Agency from 1980 to 1984,and the government leader in the Senate from 1982 to 1984. It was also Olson's job to promote the government's unpopular National Energy Program in Alberta.

Late life

Olson resigned from the Senate when he was appointed Alberta's 14th Lieutenant-Governor in April 1996. He served in that position until 2000.

Bud Olson died in Medicine Hat in 2002.


Coat of arms of Bud Olson
January 26, 1998
A demi lion per fess Gules and Azure wearing a coronet Argent the upper rim set with wild rose flowers proper holding in the dexter paw a rattlesnake Or
Per fess Azure and Or in chief the maces of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada in saltire ensigned by a coronet érablé Or in base four cattle heads affronty one two and one Gules
2 pronghorn antelopes Or and Argent branded on the flank " — Z — " Gules charged on the breast with a cross Moline Azure
A mound of Prairie grassland proper
The ribbon and insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.
DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country)


    22nd Ministry – Second cabinet of Pierre Trudeau
    Cabinet post (1)
    Predecessor Office Successor
    Ray Perrault Leader of the Government in the Senate
    Allan MacEachen
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