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Memorable Manitobans: Sydney Ronald “Ron” McBryde (1941-1989)

MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born in British Columbia, he was raised in Oliver, and worked in the correctional system before coming to Manitoba in 1967 to work with the aboriginal community in The Pas. He was elected NDP MLA for The Pas in 1969 and being re-elected in 1973 and 1977. He served as Minister without Portfolio in the Schreyer government (1971), Minister of Northern Affairs (1972-1977), and was responsible for the Northern Affairs Act that granted self-government to northern communities. He retired from the legislature in 1981, subsequently serving for two years as Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs until 1983. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Calgary, Alberta on 21 June 1989. There are extensive papers in the Archives of Manitoba.


“Two former NDP MLAs die in hospital after brief illnesses,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1989, page 2.

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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