Memorable Manitobans: Rene Ernest Toupin (1934-2014)
Born at Ste. Rita (Craig Siding) on 15 May 1934, son of Romain Toupin and Clara Lamoureaux, he was educated at Laval University then returned to Manitoba following graduation. He was Chair of the La Salle School Board (1962-1966) and Chair of the La Salle Credit Union (1962-1969).
In 1969, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Springfield constituency and was re-elected in 1973. He served as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1969) in a minority government of Ed Schreyer and, later that year, transferred to the Ministry of Health and Social Development (1969-1974).
He was re-elected in the 1973 general election and held the cabinet portfolios of Minister of Tourism, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (1974-1976), Minister of Cooperative Development (1975-1977), Minister Responsible for the Liquor Commission (1975-1976), and Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Telephone System and Communications (1976-1977). He was defeated in the 1977 general election and did not return to provincial politics. He did administrative work for the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and was an investment advisor with Investors Group until retirement in 2000. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
He died on 15 March 2014.
“Future cabinet ministers, their past and present,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1969, page 26.
Members of the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 2014.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 October 2023