James Matthew Lee
Premier from 1981 to 1986
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JAMES LEE WAS BORN March 26, 1937 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.,
the son of the late James Matthew Lee and Catherine Blanchard. He was educated
at Queen's Square School and St. Dunstan's University, both in
On July 2, 1960, he married Patricia Laurie, daughter of the late Ivan Laurie and Annie (Gillan) Laurie of Charlottetown. They have three children: Laurie Anne, Patricia Susan and Jason.
Trained as an architectural draftsman, he started his own real estate and development company in 1970. He first ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate for 5th Queens in the general election of 1974. In a by-election held February 17, 1975, he was successful and was re- elected in the general elections of 1978, 1979 and 1982.
Following the resignation of Premier J. Angus MacLean in November of 1981, Mr. Lee won a leadership convention, and on November 17, 1981, was sworn in as Premier and President of the Executive Council. Premier Lee's government was re-elected in the September 27, 1982 general election.
On April 17, 1982, Mr. Lee was sworn into the Privy Council of Canada by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held in Ottawa.
Mr. Lee was appointed a Jaycee International Senator in 1983, has served as senior Councillor of the United Commercial Travellers Association and is an active member of several local community clubs.