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MEREDITH, William Ralph, Canadian legislator, born in Westminster, Ont., 31 March, 1840. He was educated at London, Ontario grammar-school, and at the law department of the University of Toronto, called to the bar in 1861, and opened a law-office in London. He was appointed city solicitor, elected a bencher of the Law society of Ontario in 1871, and queen's counsel in 1876. In 18790 he was chosen to represent London in the Ontario legislature, and he has been returned at every subsequent general election. In politics he is a supporter of the policy of Sir John A. Macdonald. He has long advocated compulsory voting, and is a leader (1888) of the opposition.
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