MSS 188, PC 180 (A.96-94, A.97-69)
Title: Lewis St. George Stubbs fonds
Extent: 4 m of textual records. -- 13 photographs.
Biographical Sketch: Lewis St. G. Stubbs was born
on June 14, 1878 in the Turks & Caicos Islands, British West
Indies. He left Cambridge University, where he was studying to become
a medical missionary, to fight in the Boer War 1900-1901. He immigrated
to Winnipeg in 1902 and was called to Manitoba Bar Association in
1906. In 1904 he married Mary Wilcock. In 1908 they moved to Birtle,
Manitoba where he practiced law for fourteen years. In 1921 he ran
unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party against T.A. Crerar the leader
of the Progressive Party in the federal riding of Marquette. In
April 1922 he became the first judicial appointment of the newly
appointed Mackenzie King and moved back to Winnipeg. The MacDonald
Will Case in 1929 brought Stubbs notoriety and conflict with his
fellow judges and the legal establishment. In the following three
years several complaints of judicial misbehavior were lodged by
the Attorney-General of Manitoba with the Department of Justice.
In January 1933 a Federal Commission led by Justice Frank Ford staged
an inquiry into Stubbs judicial conduct. He was removed from the
bench by order-in-council June 1, 1933. A month later he won the
nomination to become the newly C.C.F. party’s first candidate
in a bye-election in the riding of Mackenzie in Saskatchewan. He
lost the election and returned to the practice of law in Winnipeg.
In 1936 Stubbs ran as an independent candidate in the provincial
election. On a platform of Human Rights and Social Justice and a
campaign budget of $200.00, he swept the polls with greatest electoral
majority ever recorded in the Manitoba Legislature. He won re-election
in 1941 & 1945. Stubbs was active in many left leaning/united
front political organizations. He was the President of the Winnipeg
Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy from 1936-1939 and President
of the local arm of the National Committee for Peace and Democracy
1938-1939. In 1956 Stubbs appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada
representing John Tunney in a suit against the Teamsters’
Union. He died in May 1958.
Custodial History: The fonds was donated to the
Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba
by Lewis St. George Stubbs (grandson) and his wife Lesley E. Sisler
in the fall of 1996 & 1997.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of eight
series. The first series is biographical information followed by
correspondence, the MacDonald Will Case, Ford Commission, Mackenzie
Bye-election, Winnipeg Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy, John
Tunney Appeal to Supreme Court and speeches. The second accession
A. 97-69 consists of five series including correspondence, speeches,
evidence & briefs, E.J.McMurray material, topics of interest
and materials from other people.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access
to the material.
Accruals: Further accruals to the fonds are expected.
Finding Aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an electronic finding aid is available
at the link below:
188, PC 180 (A.96-94, A.97-69)