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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Driedger (1936-2011)

Realtor, farmer, municipal official, MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988), MLA (1988-1990), MLA (1990-1995), MLA (1995-1999).

Born at Steinbach on 18 January 1936, after graduating from the University of Manitoba, he worked as a real estate broker and farmer. He was Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Hanover (1968-1972) and led local plans for Manitoba's centenary (1970). Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1977, he was re-elected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1995, during which time he held three ministerial portfolios in the Filmon government: Government Services (1988-1991), Highways and Transportation (1988-1993), and Natural Resources (1993-1997). Following his retirement from politics in 1999, he served as Chair of the Board for the Menno Home for the Aged at Grunthal. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at St. Pierre-Jolys on 18 July 2011 and was buried in the Grunthal Cemetery.

Sources:

“Tory minister admired for his honesty,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 2011.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 2011.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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