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Title: Pamphlet - "Twenty Third Legislature of Ontario"
Identifier: 2005.4.137
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1949
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A white glossy paper pamphlet with black printing for the title. In the middle of the page is the Ontario Coat-of-Arms with the motto 'ut incepit fielis sic permanet'. On the back is a black and white photograph of Queen's Park. The pamphlet is one sheet of paper folded twice. Inside on the left page is a list of the Members of the Executive Council of the Province of Ontario. Below is a prayer which was read by the Speaker at the opening of the Legislature each day. The right hand page has a list composed of the Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Prime Minister (Premier), Leader of the Opposition, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Clerk Assistant, and Sergeant-at-Arms. When opened up fully, the pamphlet is poster sized. On this extended page, there is a plan of the floor of the Legislative Assembly showing 53 conservatives, 21 Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, 14 Liberal, 2 Communist. There is some ink writing on the poster that reads: 'Thrown chair'; 'Prime Minister'; 'Leader of the Opposition'; 'Both Communists'; 'Jane & I'. History: Annie Sayers attended the Twenty Third Legislature with her friend Jane Kennedy Gordon. One of the names listed in the Legislature was 'Prime Minister' who was the Honourable Thomas L. Kennedy. Thomas Laird Kennedy (1878-1959) lived near the Dundas and Tomken intersection in Cooksville and Dixie. Kennedy was a fruit grower for the majority of his life however he became involved in politics and in 1919 was elected to the provincial parliament as a Conservative member for Peel. He served as Minister of Agriculture from 1930-1934 and from 1943 until 1952. In 1948, Kennedy became interim Premier of Ontario when the incumbent, George Alexander Drew, died. Kennedy remained in the office until Leslie Miscampbell Frost became leader of the party the following year. Kennedy also served in the First World War and attained the rank of colonel in the militia. In 1974, the Mississauga Historical Society (now Mississauga South Historical Society organized a ceremony to erect a commemorative plaque honouring T.L. Kennedy, on land that was once part of the Kennedy farm. For more information on T. L. Kennedy, see the Mississauga Heritage Foundation's fact sheet on Thomas Laird Kennedy by Marian M. Gibson. The Archives of Ontario also holds the Thomas Laird Kennedy fonds that include photographs and textual materials on his life.
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