Street views: The story behind Rue Power

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Charles Gavan Power(1888-1968)

Rue Power is named for a Quebec City citizen whose success was related to the lumber industry and politics.

Charles Gavan "Chubby" Power was born in Sillery to an affluent family of Irish descent. He received a degree in law from Université Laval. He played hockey for the Quebec Bulldogs from 1906 to 1909. Two of his brothers also played with the Bulldogs.

During the First World War, Power was wounded in the Battle of the Somme. After returning to Canada in 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. During the Conscription Crisis, Power was elected the Liberal Member of Parliament for Quebec South.

A member of Mackenzie King's cabinet, he was Minister of Pensions and National Health (1935-1939) and Postmaster General (1939-1940). As Minister of National Defence for Air (1940-1944), he defended the interests of the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel serving during World War II under British Command.

Opposed to conscription, as were most of his voters, Power resigned from his cabinet post in 1944. After his retirement from the House of Commons in 1955, he was appointed to the Senate, where he served until his death in 1968.

He published A Party Politician: the Memoirs of Chubby Power in 1966. His son Frank Power also became a Member of Parliament, as did his grandson Lawrence Cannon, who also became a cabinet minister.