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Memorable Manitobans: Conrado De Regla “Conrad” Santos (1934-2016)

Political scientist, MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1990-1995), MLA (1995-1999), MLA (1999-2003), MLA (2003-2007).

Born in The Philippines on 26 November 1934, son of Federico and Marcelina Santos, he was educated at Harvard University and the University of Michigan, receiving a doctoral degree in Political Science. In 1965, he moved to Winnipeg to take a teaching position at the University of Manitoba. He was the NDP candidate in the Fort Garry constituency during the 1973 general election but was defeated by Bud Sherman. He ran for a seat on the Winnipeg city counil in 1977 and 1980 but was defeated each time. First elected to the Manitoba Legislature in November 1981, defeating incumbent Ben Hanuschak, was re-elected in 1986. He lost the NDP nomination in 1988. The following year, he ran for Mayor of Winnipeg but finished in fourth place. In 1990, he won the NDP nomination for the Broadway constituency by a single vote, defeating a candidate favoured by the party leadership. He defeated incumbent Avis Gray in the general election and was re-elected in 1995. When the Broadway seat was eliminated as a result of redistribution in 1999, he ran in the Wellington constituency and was elected in 1999 and 2003. He left the NDP party shortly before the 2007 general election, in which he campaigned as an independent but finished last in a field of five candidates. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). He died at Winnipeg on 29 February 2016.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2020

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