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Paton, James Alexander

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Paton, James Alexander

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James Alexander Paton was born in Beamsville, Ontario and came to British Columbia in 1905. He worked at several jobs: mining, railroad construction, surveying and carpentry. In 1907 he moved to Vancouver and by 1908 he had begun to publish the Point Grey Gazette. He remained a newspaper publisher until 1925, but he also became involved in local politics. From 1911-1912 he was a school trustee for the Municipality of Point Grey. He became an Alderman in 1924 and was Reeve from 1925-1927. After amalgamation, he served as an alderman for Vancouver. He also sat on numerous other public boards. From 1930-1936, Paton was secretary of the B.C. Canteen Fund. In 1937, he was chosen by the Provincial Conservative Party to run as a member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver - Point Grey. He was elected and remained in office until his death in 1946.

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