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Memorable Manitobans: Jay Marine Cowan (1946-2022)

MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988), MLA (1988-1990).

Born at Chicago, Illinois on 31 July 1946, he appealed his conscription into American military forces, was successful, and became a landed immigrant to Canada in 1974. He worked as a logger in the Maritimes, a snow shoveller at Montreal, and a miner at Lynn Lake.

In 1977, after becoming a Canadian citizen, he was elected as a New Democratic candidate for the Churchill constituency at the provincial general election and was re-elected in 1982, 1986, and 1988. He held ministerial portfolios in the Pawley government of Northern Affairs (1981-1983), Co-operative Development (1983-1988), and Native Affairs (1987), and was Chair of the Treasury Board (1983-1986) and Government House Leader (1986-1988). He retired from politics in 1990. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 23 January 2022.

Sources:

“Hopeful seeks Canada papers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1977, page 11.

Obituary, Ethical Death Care.

This page was prepared by Oliver Bernuetz and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2022

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