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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald Douglas Robertson (1920-1998)

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Ronald Douglas Robertson
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MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957).

Born at Roblin on 22 August 1920, son of William H. Robertson and Elizabeth Kelso, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and was discharged in September 1945.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1945 general election, representing the Roblin constituency. He served as Minister of Agriculture (1952-1956) and Minister of Public Works (1956-1958). He was subsequently re-elected in 1949 and 1953 but was defeated in 1958.

In 1944, he married Ida Opp (1922-2017) and they had two daughters and two sons in Winnipeg before moving to Alberta.

He died on 27 March 1998.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1951.

Obituary [Ida Robertson], St. Alberta Gazette, 1 February 2017.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 March 2021

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