Rafe Mair

Rafe Mair
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Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Kamloops
In office
11 December 1975 – 1 February 1981
Preceded byGerald Hamilton Anderson
Succeeded byClaude Richmond
Personal details
BornKenneth Rafe Mair
(1931-12-31)31 December 1931
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died9 October 2017(2017-10-09) (aged 85)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Political partySocial Credit
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
OccupationLawyer, pundit, radio personality, politician

Kenneth Rafe Mair (31 December 1931 – 9 October 2017) was a Canadian lawyer, political commentator, radio personality and politician in British Columbia, Canada. He served in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly as the member for Kamloops from 1975 to 1981 in the caucus of the Social Credit Party.

In his post-political career, Mair became a radio personality and political commentator, raising controversy for his views on both the Meech Lake and Charlottetown constitutional accords. He served as the plaintiff of the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision Rafe Mair v. Kari Simpson.[1]

Early life

Mair was born in Vancouver and grew up in the neighbourhood of Kerrisdale.[2] His mother was Frances Tyne (née Leigh), known as Frankie, and his father was Kenneth Frederick Robert Mair, a salesman born in Auckland, New Zealand. They had married in Vancouver 16 months earlier.[3]

Mair became an avid fisherman and developed an interest in public affairs from his mother's work at The Province newspaper.[4]

Mair entered the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1949 and went on to law in 1953.[5] He worked for a lumber company and then in the oil industry in Edmonton before spending three years as a claims adjuster with an insurance company.[3]

In 1960, Mair began articling with Vancouver lawyer Tom Griffiths. Called to the bar in 1961, he handled many personal injury cases.[3] He practiced law in Vancouver until 1968, when he moved to Kamloops[4] to join the practice of his law school classmate Jarl Whist, a Liberal who had run twice unsuccessfully against Progressive Conservative MP E. Davie Fulton.[3]

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