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Memorable Manitobans: Alan Brian Ransom (1940-2020)

Farmer, MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), administrator.

Born at Bossevain on 6 June 1940, son of Sidney Edwin “Sid” Ransom and Kathleen Mary Ashworth (1908-1973), he attended the University of Manitoba and University of Alberta, working as a resource manager and farmer before entering politics.

Elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1977 general election, he held the portfolio of Minister of Mines, Resources, and Environment. He later became Minister of Natural Resources and Chairman of the Treasury Board. In 1981, he became Minister of Finance and was re-elected at the 1981 general election.

He ran for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party in 1983 but was defeated by Gary Filmon. He did not seek re-election in 1986 and instead served as Chair of the Manitoba Hydro Board (1988-1990), a trustee for the Fort Whyte Nature Centre (?-2014), and worked as a consultant. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He died on 26 February 2020.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2022

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