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Roland Penner

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Roland Penner
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Lawyer, educator, MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988).

Born at Winnipeg on 30 July 1924, son of Jacob Penner and Rose Shapack (?-1970), he served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. He received BA (1949) and LLB (1961) degrees from the University of Manitoba then taught law at the University from 1967. He was made a Queen’s Counsel. Active in provincial politics, in November 1981 he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Fort Rouge constituency, serving two terms, and holding the portfolios of Attorney General (1981-1987), Government House Leader (1981-1983), Chairman of the Treasury Board (1981-1982), Minister Responsible for The Liquor Control Act (1982-1987), Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1983-1986), Minister Responsible for Constitutional Affairs (1986-1988), and Minister of Education (1987-1988). While in office he introduced the province’s first human rights legislation, as well as freedom of information legislation, and implemented legislation for French language rights. He was defeated in the 1988 general election and returned to the University where he taught until retirement in 2009, and was Dean of the Faculty of Law (1989-1994). In recognition of his community service, he has been inducted into the Order of Canada (2000) and Order of Manitoba (2014), and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He has written A Glowing Dream: A Memoir (2007), Tales From the Underworld and Other Stories (with Norm Larsen, 2009) and They Shoot Doctors, Don’t They? (with Jack Fainman, 2011).


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