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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Russell “Bud” Boyce (1924-1984)

Teacher, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Saint John, New Brunswick on 20 March 1924, he grew up at Elm Creek with his grandparents and aunt Eleanor Boyce. He was educated at St. Paul’s High School and the University of Manitoba and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He later taught school at St. John’s High School in Winnipeg. At the 1969 provincial general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Winnipeg Centre constituency, representing the NDP party. Re-elected in 1973 and 1977, he served as Minister Responsible for Corrections and Rehabilitations (1974-1977). In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He left the NDP caucus in 1981 and, along with Sid Green and Ben Hanuschak, formed the Progressive Party. He ran as a candidate for the party in the 1981 general election but was roundly defeated. He then worked as a business consultant. He died at his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 16 March 1984.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1984, page 44.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Keep True: A Life in Politics by Howard Pawley, University of Manitoba Press, 2011.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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