Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 141 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Prairie History No. 1

No. 1

Fundraising Dinner 2020

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: David Orlikow (1919-1998)

Municipal official, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MP (1962-1963), MP (1963-1965), MP (1966-1968), MP (1968-1972), MP (1973-1974), MP (1974-1979), MP (1979), MP (1980-1984), MP (1984-1988).

Born in Winnipeg’s North End on 20 April 1918, son of Louis Orlikow and Sarah Cherniack, brother of Lionel Orlikow, he was educated at the Workman’s Circle School, St. John’s High School, and the University of Manitoba, where he studied pharmacy. He was elected a school trustee in 1945, beginning an unbroken 43-year political run that graduated to Winnipeg City Council, then the Manitoba legislature, where he won the St. John’s constituency in the 1958 and 1959 general elections. He won 18 consecutive federal elections in 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980, and 1984 before his defeat in 1988. He described himself as a “right-wing Social Democrat” and had little patience with the doctrinaire wing of the New Democratic Party. He was famed as a watchdog of human rights, public health, labour and cultural affairs in the House of Commons. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Winnipeg on 19 January 1998.


The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

The Jewish Post and News, 22 January 1998, p. 10.

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 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2020 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.