Events in Manitoba History: Finlayson Drainage Commission (1935-1936)

Arising out of The Land Drainage Arrangement Act of April 1935, the Manitoba government established the Finlayson Drainage Commission to further address land drainage questions in southern Manitoba, continuing from the earlier Sullivan Drainage Commission.

The commission was chaired by civil engineer John N. Finlayson (of the University of Manitoba) with John Holland (Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Springfield) and John Spalding (Secretary of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities). Its report was submitted in March 1936.


Wet Prairie: People, Land, and Water in Agricultural Manitoba by Shannon Stunden Bower, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011, p. 105.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2012