A Belated Second Look

AuthorC. Ian Kyer
A Belated Second Look
F   after his trial, Jarvis and his many allies had
pushed to obtain a re-examination of the evidence against
him. But so long as the Conservatives remained in power in
Ontario, that had proved impossible. Neither Premier Ferguson nor
his successor, Premier Henry, had wanted anything to do with such
a re-examination. But that hurdle was removed on 19 June 1934 when
the Ontario voters elected Mitch Hepburn’s Liberals.
Jarvis took the opportunity to petition Arthur Roebuck, Hepburn’s
new attorney general.1 There were good reasons to believe that f‌ifty-
six-year-old Roebuck would take a dif‌ferent attitude toward the UFO
Party and how Ferguson and Price had treated them. He had grown
up on a farm in Wellington County, near Guelph. After working as a
reporter for Joe Atkinson’s Toronto Star, he had joined Ontario’s silver
rush, becoming the editor of the Cobalt Citizen. In his spare time, he
had studied law and become a lawyer, working with Hartley Dewart,
Peter Smith’s f‌irst choice as legal counsel.2 After two unsuccessful
attempts to win a seat in the provincial legislature as a Liberal-Labour
candidate, he had joined Drury’s UFO Party. In the 1923 election that
brought Ferguson’s Conservatives to power, Roebuck had run and lost
as a UFO candidate. In 1926, at a banquet given in honour of Drury
in Barrie by the party (then known as the Progressives), Roebuck had

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