On this date in 1919, the United Farmers of Ontario (UFO) came out on top in the province on Ontario's 15th general election. Having won 44 seats - a minority in the 111 seat legislature - the party would forge a coalition government with Labour. While the UFO set about doing politics differently - including an aversion to party whips and leaders - they would ask co-founder E.C. Drury to serve as premier. He accepted, but first he had to win a seat in the legislature, as he did not run in the general election. He won his seat, and would serve as premier until 1923, when the Conservatives swept to power. While Drury's time in office was brief - he lost his own seat in 1923 - his government is credited with establishing Ontario's first Department of Welfare, promoting rural electrification, and the creation of the Province of Ontario Savings Office, which ran until 2003, when its assets were sold to the Desjardins Credit Union.
This date also marks the birthday, in 1873, of Nellie McClung, the author-suffragette-Alberta MLA (1921-26), who is perhaps best known for her role in the Persons Case, and Tommy Douglas, the Baptist minister-CCF/NDP member of parliament (1935-44)-Premier of Saskatchewan (1944-61), who is best known as "The Father of Medicare." Douglas would win The Greatest Canadian competition in 2004, having had his case argued by "Canada's boyfriend," George Stroumboulopoulos.