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Sidney “Sid” Green

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Sidney Green
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Lawyer, MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Winnipeg in 1929, he attended the Manitoba Law School then, in 1955, he partnered with Leon Mitchell in the law firm of Mitchell & Green. He joined the New Democratic Party in the early 1960s and was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1962 general federal election. Subsequently elected to the Winnipeg city council, he was re-elected in 1964. He resigned the seat in 1965 to try again in the federal general election but was again unsuccessful. In 1966, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature and was re-elected in 1969, 1973, and 1977. In 1968, he sought the leadership of the party but was defeated by incumbent Russ Paulley. The following year, he was defeated again in his leadership bid, this time by Ed Schreyer. He held several portfolios in Schreyer’s government, including Minister of Health and Social Services (1969), Minister of Mines and Natural Resources (1969-1971), Minister of Mines, Resources, and Environmental Management (1971-1972, 1972-1973), Minister Responsible for Urban Affairs (1971-1972, 1972-1973), and Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Development Corporation (1973-1977). In 1970, he was made a Queen’s Counsel. He left the NDP caucus in 1979 and, along with Bud Boyce and Ben Hanuschak, formed the Progressive Party in 1981. He lost his seat in the provincial general election that year and failed in six subsequent attempts at re-election, including in 1986. The party was dissolved in 1995. He later wrote about his political life in the 2003 memoir Rise & Fall of a Political Animal. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Review: Dale Gibson, Lee Gibson and Cameron Harvey, Attorney for the Frontier: Enos Stutsman
Manitoba History, Number 9, Spring 1985


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2018

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