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Patrick, Thomas Alfred
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- Patrick, T. A.
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Medical doctor, pioneer, and politician. Dr. Patrick is credited with suggesting the current boundary between the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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Born in Middlesex County, Ontario, Thomas Alfred "Alf" Patrick became engaged to Marion Griffith of Byron, ON in 1885. Patrick graduated from Western University medical program in 1888. He was lured west and in 1889 set up his practice in Saltcoats (now in Saskatchewan). He and Marion finally married in March 1890, and they eventually had four children. They moved to Yorkton in 1894. Dr. Patrick was not only a prairie doctor, but he also represented the Yorkton constituency in the Legislative Assembly of the North-West Territories between 1898 and 1904. He is credited with being the first person to suggest that the N.W.T. be split into two provinces along a north-south boundary, rather than the one province solution being suggested by Premier Frederick Haultain. Dr. Patrick's suggestion was implemented in 1905 with the creation of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Dr. Patrick died in 1943. He is buried in Yorkton Cemetery.
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AMICUS No.: 116996
Peel 2416 Patrick, Thomas Alfred (1864-1943) (compiler). Facts bearing on the future of the North-West Territories: Compiled for electors of Yorkton. Yorkton, NWT: Yorkton Enterprise, 1898.
Peel 4709 Patrick, Thomas Alfred (1864-1943); Pilkington, Frederick Joseph (b.1881). The county system for Saskatchewan: An urgently needed reform: Arguments and data in support of it. Yorkton, Sask.: Enterprise Publishing Co, 1921?.
Papers from Dr. Patrick's days as a medical student are available at: The University of Western Ontario, Western Archives, The Thomas A. Patrick Fonds AFC 74