Memorable Manitobans: Stewart Edgertson McLean (1913-1996)
Lawyer, municipal official, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), judge.
Born at Dauphin on 21 November 1913, son of David McLean and Sarah McIntyre, he was educated at Whitmore School, Smith-Jackson School, Dauphin Collegiate, and the Dauphin Normal School. After one year of teaching at Dauphin Plains School, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, then articled in law at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He contracted tuberculosis before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force and convalesced at a sanatorium in Saskatchewan. After the Second World War, he practised law in Dauphin and served as Mayor of Dauphin from 1956 to 1958. He was President of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities in 1958.
Elected as a Conservative to the Manitoba Legislature from 1958, he was re-elected in 1959, 1962, and 1966. During his tenure, he was made a Queen’s Counsel (1960). He was the Minister of Education (1958-1963) responsible for the major school consolidation of the province. He also served as Attorney General (1963-1966), Minister Public Utilities and Minister of Public Works (1966-1968), and Minister of Transportation (1968-1969). He was defeated by Peter Burtniak in the 1969 general election. Later he became a judge in Saskatchewan, serving at Yorkton and Regina. He retired from the bench in 1983.
Around 1942, he married nurse Margaret Young (1918-2000) and they had a daughter, Bernice McLean (1949-1984).
He died at his home in Dauphin on 13 April 1996 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Western Municipal News, September 1958, page 270.
“Ten Manitobans on honors list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1960, page 1.
Foreward, The Concert Better Be Good by Mary Prokopowich, Dauphin: Dauphin Herald Company Limited, circa 1982.
Obituary [Bernice Elizabeth April], Dauphin Herald, 18 December 1984, page 29.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1996, page 28.
Obituary [Margaret McLean], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 2000.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 March 2021