Charles Drury

Charles Mills "Bud" Drury, PC OC CBE DSO QC (May 17, 1912 January 12, 1991) was a Canadian soldier, businessman, and politician.

Charles Mills "Bud" Drury
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Antoine—Westmount
In office
June 18, 1962  June 24, 1968
Preceded byA. Ross Webster
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1966.
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Westmount
In office
June 25, 1968  January 26, 1978
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1966
Succeeded byDon Johnston
Personal details
Born(1912-05-17)May 17, 1912
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
DiedJanuary 12, 1991(1991-01-12) (aged 78)
Political partyLiberal
Order of Canada
Military service
Branch/service /  Canadian Army
Years of service1933-1970
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War II


Born in Westmount, Quebec, he was educated at Selwyn House School[1] and graduated from the RMC, in Kingston, Ontario; McGill University and the University of Paris.


During World War II, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. After the war, he was chief of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from 1945 to 1947. Drury was appointed deputy minister of national defence from 1948 to 1955. He spent 1955 to 1962 in private business.

He was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the Montreal riding of Saint-Antoine—Westmount (later Westmount) in the 1962 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, and 1974 elections.

He held many ministerial positions in the governments of Prime Ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, including: Defence Production, Industry, Trade and Commerce, Treasury Board, National Defence, Public Works, Finance, and State for Science and Technology.

After leaving politics, he became chairman of the National Capital Commission, from 1978 to 1984.

In 1980, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Electoral record (partial)

1974 Canadian federal election: Westmount
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalCharles Drury20,81657.61
     Progressive Conservative Michael Meighen 11,575 32.03
New DemocraticPeter P. Berlow3,1408.69
Social CreditJoseph Ranger4121.14
Marxist–LeninistLawrence Tansey1900.53
Total valid votes 36,133 100.00
Total rejected ballots 994
Turnout 37,127 71.96
Electors on the lists 51,592


Government offices
Preceded by
Deputy Minister of National Defence
1948 1955
Succeeded by
Frank Robert Miller
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