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Memorable Manitobans: Rodney Stewart “Rod” Clement (1919-1969)

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Rodney Stewart Clement
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Farmer, rancher, implement dealer, MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1966-1969).

Born in 1919, he served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He continued to fly after the war, operating the first privately-owned helicopter in Manitoba. He was a director of the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association, a member of the Elks Club and the Masons, and a President of the Kiwanis Club. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1949 and was re-elected in 1953 and 1958. In the 1966 provincial election he defeated Robert G. Smellie after losing to him in the 1959 general election. He jumped to federal politics in 1968, running in the Marquette constituency, but was defeated by Craig Stewart. He died at Winnipeg on 9 March 1969 and was buried in the Russell Memorial Garden.


“Ex-MLA Clement dies In hospital at 49,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1969, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1969, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 September 2018

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