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Alvin H. "Al" Mackling

Lawyer, municipal official, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988).

Born at St. James on 31 December 1927, he was educated at Britannia School, Linwood School, United College, and the Manitoba Law School. He practiced law in St. James as a member of the form of Mackling and Brown starting in 1959 and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1972. He served for eight years on the St. James city council. Elected as a New Democrat to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1969 general election, he was narrowly defeated in the 1973 general election. He was not a candidate in the 1977 general election but was elected again in 1981 and 1986. He held numerous ministerial portfolios during his terms in office, including Attorney-General (1969-1973), Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1969-1970), Natural Resources (1982-1985), Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (1982), Labour (1985-1987), Manitoba Telephone System (1985-1987), Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1986-1988), and Business Development and Tourism (1987-1988). His political career ended in 1988. He was a New Democratic candidate in the 2011 federal election but came in a distant second place. He and his wife Patricia have a daughter and a son. He is a member of the St. James United Church, Manitoba Bar Association, St. James YMCA, Pioneer Fraternal Association, and Independent Order of Foresters.

Sources:

“Future cabinet ministers, their past and present,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1969, page 26.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2020

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