Philippe Adjutor Talbot

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Philippe Adjutor Talbot (November 11, 1879—January 1967) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1915 to 1936, and was Speaker of the Assembly from 1923 to 1936.[1] His name sometimes appears as Peter Talbot.

Talbot was born at St. Pierre du Sud, in the county of Montmagny, Québec,[2] the son of Elzear Talbot and Delina Bacon,[3] and was educated at St. Ferdinand d'Halifax College. Talbot first worked as a telegraph operator and was employed with the Canadian National Railway until 1906. He was a broker and a director of Canadian Agencies Limited and Northern Supply Co., Ltd. Talbot was a business partner of Aimé Bénard.[2] In 1913, he married Charlotte Duguet.[3]

He first ran for the Manitoba legislature in the 1914 provincial election, as a candidate of the Manitoba Liberal Party in La Verendrye. He lost to Conservative Jean-Baptiste Lauzon[2] by 228 votes. He ran again in the 1915 election, and defeated Lauzon[1] by 155 votes amid a provincial Liberal landslide.

Talbot initially served as a backbench supporter of Tobias Norris's ministry, but later left the party to become an independent member over the Manitoba Schools question.[2] He was re-elected as an independent in the 1920 provincial election,[1] defeating Farmer candidate L.R. Magnum by 314 votes. He became affiliated with the United Farmers of Manitoba (UFM) after this election, and was re-elected under the UFM banner in the 1922 provincial election.[1] The UFM unexpectedly won a majority of seats, and formed government as the Progressive Party. Talbot was named as Speaker of the Legislature when it met on January 18, 1923, and continued in this office for the next thirteen years.[1]

Talbot was re-elected without difficulty in the 1927 provincial election. In 1932, the Progressive Party formed an electoral alliance with the Liberal Party, and government members became known as "Liberal-Progressives". Talbot was narrowly returned in the 1932 campaign,[1] defeating Conservative R.J.E. Arpin by only 76 votes. He did not seek re-election in 1936.

From 1937 to 1948, he served as clerk of the Executive Council.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  2. ^ a b c d McCrea, Walter Jackson (1925). Pioneers and prominent people in Manitoba. p. 105. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  3. ^ a b Chambers, Ernest J (1921). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  4. ^ Bumsted, J M (1999). Dictionary of Manitoba Biography. University of Manitoba Press. p. 244. ISBN 0887551696. Retrieved 2012-12-20.