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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel “Sam” Uskiw (c1934-2011)

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Samuel Uskiw
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MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986).

Elected in the 1966 provincial general election, he was re-elected in 1969, 1973, 1977, and 1981. He served as Minister of Agriculture in the Schreyer government where he was a strong advocate for marketing boards. In the subsequent Pawley government, he served as Minister of Highways and Transportation and Minister of Natural Resources. He did not stand for re-election in 1986 and severed ties with the NDP party over its alleged ties with organized labour, instead supporting the Conservatives provincially and federally. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Selkirk on 19 March 2011.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 2011.

“Ex-cabinet minister shaped province’s political history,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 2011, page A10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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