Oliver, Frank (1853-1933)

Frank Oliver, born in Peel County, Ontario, was a Liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons, 1896 to 1917, representing Alberta and then Edmonton. He was Minister of the Interior under Laurier, 1905 to 1911; as minister he was direct responsible for implementing the continuous passage and $200 requirement orders that put a stop to immigration from India in May 1908. In this matter, he acted on the advice of the Deputy Minister of Labour, W.L. Mackenzie King who had been to London to consult with the British Government.

Sources: W. Stewart Wallace, The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Toronto: Macmillan, 1963); Library and Archives Canada, Immigration Files, RG 76.