John Andrew Davidson

John Andrew Davidson was a Manitoba politician. He was the leader of Manitoba's Conservative parliamentary caucus in 1894, served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Hugh John Macdonald and Rodmond Roblin. Davidson was born in Canada West, he moved to Manitoba in 1871, became a mill owner and general merchant serving on the Protestant school board. Manitoba's boundaries were expanded in 1881, Davidson was elected to the provincial legislature in a by-election as the first member for Dauphin. A Liberal, he defeated his sole opponent, P. S. St. Clair McGregor, 148 votes to 17. Party affiliations were fluid in Manitoba in this period, by the general election of 1883 Davidson was identifying himself as a Liberal-Conservative, a supporter of Premier John Norquay, he was re-elected in Dauphin without opposition. Following redistribution, Davidson campaigned in the Beautiful Plains constituency for the provincial election of 1886; the Liberals saw their support rise in this campaign, Davidson lost to Liberal John Crawford by thirty votes.

Crawford again defeated Davidson in this time by twenty-four votes. Provincial support for the Conservatives recovered in the 1892 election, Davidson defeated Crawford by sixteen votes in their third encounter; the opposition caucus to which he belonged chose William Alexander Macdonald as its leader. When Macdonald's constituency election was overturned in 1893, Davidson was chosen in his place, he made his first speech as leader of the opposition in January 1894. Davidson was a moderate figure, whose interventions were respected by the province's Liberal leadership, he did not serve as opposition leader for long. His constituency victory was overturned on April 17, 1894, he was subsequently defeated by John Forsyth of the Patrons of Industry in a by-election. After his loss, the leadership of the opposition seems to have fallen to James Fisher, an Independent MLA. Davidson again lost to a Patrons of Industry candidate in the 1896 election. Though the Conservatives returned to government in the 1899 election, Davidson was once again defeated in Beautiful Plains, losing to Liberal Robert Ennis by ninety votes.

He was, appointed to cabinet by Premier Hugh John Macdonald in January 1900, serving as Provincial Treasurer, Minister of Agriculture, Provincial Lands Commissioner. Ennis was persuaded to resign his seat the following month, Crawford was returned to the legislature in a by-election. Rodmond Roblin took the Agriculture portfolio for himself on becoming Premier in late 1900, but kept Davidson in his other two positions. Within a year, Davidson had eliminated the debt accumulated during the previous administration of Thomas Greenway. Davidson died shortly after the election. "John Andrew Davidson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016. Manitoba Historical Society profile

2005 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

The 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 13 and August 14. From the initial two heats the first three teams in each plus two fastest losers progressed through to the final. All times shown are in seconds. Q denotes automatic qualification. Q denotes fastest losers. DNS denotes did not start. DNF denotes did not finish. AR denotes area record. NR denotes national record. PB denotes personal best. SB denotes season's best. United States 42.16s Q Nigeria 43.53s Q Sweden 43.67s Great Britain 43.83 Netherlands DQ Bahamas DNF France 42.86 Q Jamaica 42.97s Q Colombia 43.03s q Brazil 43.22s q Italy 44.03s Finland DNF Belarus 42.80s Q Poland 43.37s Q Belgium 43.40s Ukraine 43.62s Japan 44.52s Russia DNF United States 41.78s Jamaica 41.99s Belarus 42.56s France 42.85 Brazil 42.99s Colombia 43.07s Nigeria 43.25s Poland 43.49s IAAF results, heats IAAF results, final