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Nathan Nurgitz

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Nathan Nurgitz
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Lawyer, municipal official, judge, senator.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 June 1934, he received degrees from the University of Manitoba (BA 1954, Law 1958). Made a Queen’s Counsel in 1978, he practiced law with the firm of Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman from 1979 and 1993. In the latter year, he was appointed a judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench, serving until 2009 when he rejoined his former law firm. Active in politics as an alderman for the City of West Kildonan (1963-1969), he ran unsuccessfully in the 1966 provincial general election. A founding board member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, he was later Vice-President and President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1970-1971). In October 1979, he was summoned to the Canadian Senate, representing Winnipeg North, and served until February 1993. In 2002, in recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.


“These Manitobans will help plan centennial,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1963, page 9.

“12 lawyers receive QC titles,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1977, page 160.

The Honourable Nathan Nurgitz QC LLB, Parliament of Canada.

Nathan Nurgitz, Wikipedia.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2019

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