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Memorable Manitobans: Eric Stefanson (1913-1977)

Farmer, businessman, MP (1958-1962), MP (1962-1963), MP (1963-1965), MP (1966-1968).

Born at Winnipeg on 8 January 1913, son of Kristjan Stefanson and Rannveig Hallson, he attended Vestfold School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He operated a dairy farm from 1935 to 1948 at Oak Point, later operating a store at Gimli from 1949 to 1958, and an insurance agency from 1956 to 1964. He was active in Gimli government, being a town councillor from 1950 to 1957, and he served ten years in the House of Commons for Selkirk, being elected at general elections in 1958, 1962, 1963, and 1965. Defeated in the 1968 federal election, he ran in the 1945 and 1969 provincial general elections but was defeated each time. A committee member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, he was made General Nanager of the Interlake Development Corporation in 1970, and worked to promote the region until his death at Gimli on 3 February 1977. He is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1977, page 46.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2019

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