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Memorable Manitobans: Harry John Enns (1931-2010)

Farmer, singer, MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988), MLA (1988-1990), MLA (1990-1995), MLA (1995-1999), MLA (1999-2003).

Born at Winnipeg on 30 November 1931, son of John Herman Enns and Agathe Unruh, where his father was a minister for the First Mennonite Church. A life-long member of the Progressive-Conservative Party, in 1966 he became the MLA for Rockwood-Iberville (Lakeside) after some encouragement from his brother Siegfried Enns who was the Member of Parliament for Portage-Neepawa at the time. He served for 37 years under four premiers, being re-elected in 1969, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, and 1999, and retiring in 2003.

In the course of his political tenure, he held several ministerial portfolios, including Agriculture (1967-1968, 1993-1999), Highways (1967-1968), Mines and Natural Resources (1968-1969), Public Works (1977-1978), Highways and Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (1977-1978), Highways and Transportation (1978-1979), Government Services (1979-1981), and Natural Resources (1981, 1989-1993). In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. In his younger years he appeared on Rainbow Stage in such productions as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He sang with his family in charity concerts; he sang for his constituents at weddings, anniversaries and funerals; and he sang as he operated his farm.

He died on 24 June 2010 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 2010.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2020

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