James Bilton

James Herbert Bilton (April 10, 1908[1] in Leeds, England[2] – July 4, 1988) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1962 to 1977, and served as Speaker of the Legislature for three years.[1]

James Herbert Bilton
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Swan River
In office
December 14, 1962 – October 11, 1977
Preceded byAlbert H. C. Corbett
Succeeded byDoug Gourlay
20th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
December 5, 1966 – August 14, 1969
Preceded byThelma Forbes
Succeeded byBen Hanuschak
Personal details
Born(1908-04-10)April 10, 1908
Leeds, England
DiedJuly 4, 1988(1988-07-04) (aged 79)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Mildred Mary Izon
OccupationPolice officer

The son of Walter Bilton and Maria Mathersen,[2] Bilton was educated in England and moved to Canada in 1929. He served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1931 to 1953, and retired with the rank of Staff Sgt. He was also the editor and publisher of the Swan River Star & Times, and a member of the Winnipeg Press Club.[3] In 1938, he married Mildred Mary Izon.[2]

Bilton was first elected to the legislature in the 1962 election, scoring an easy victory in the mid-northern riding of Swan River. In the election of 1966, he faced a surprisingly credible challenge from Gerald Webb of the Social Credit Party, but won by 406 votes. He was appointed Speaker of the Legislature after the election, and served until 1969.[1]

The Tories were defeated in the 1969 election, and Bilton faced a strong challenge from New Democrat Alex Filuk, winning by only 163 votes. He was re-elected again by a greater margin in the 1973 election, and did not run in 1977.[1]

In 1977, Bilton and his wife moved to Ottawa.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  2. ^ a b c Normandin, Pierre G (1965). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  3. ^ Palmer, Gwen; Dobbyn, Ed (1984). Lasting impressions : historical sketches of the Swan River Valley. Swan Valley Historical Society. pp. 166–67. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  4. ^ "Hansard" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. December 9, 1988. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2013-11-01.