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Memorable Manitobans: Edmund Boyd Osler (1919-1987)

Insurance executive, author, MP (1968-1972).

Born at Winnipeg on 21 August 1919, son of Hugh Farquharson Osler and Kathleen Harty (1882-1929), during the Second World War he served in the Training Command of the Royal Canadian Air Force. From 1945 to 1968 he worked as an account executive at the family firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton. During this time he wrote three historical books Light in the Wilderness (1953), The Man Who Had to Hang: Louis Riel (1961), and La Salle (1967). He helped in the formation of radio station CJOB, served on the advisory boards of the St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Knowles School for Boys, Rainbow Stage, and Children’s Aid Society of Winnipeg. He was on the board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1964 to 1968. He was elected as a member of parliament for the Winnipeg South Centre constituency at the 1968 general election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Duff Robliln. He was subsequently defeated at the 1972 election by Daniel McKenzie. He died at Winnipeg on 1 April 1987.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1987, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2020

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