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Memorable Manitobans: John Benson “Jack” Carroll (1921-1986)

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MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).

Born at The Pas in 1921, he attended local schools, was in the Canadian army, rising from private to lieutenant from 1942 to 1945, and attended the University of Manitoba from 1945 to 1948. In 1950 he took over the family hardware store in The Pas. Active in local political and community affairs, in 1958 he was first elected to represent The Pas in the provincial legislature as a Progressive-Conservative. He was re-elected in 1959, 1962, and 1966 but was defeated by Ron McBryde in 1969. He served briefly as Provincial Secretary in 1959 then held in succession the portfolios of Labour (1959-1963), Welfare (1963-1968), and Tourism and Recreation. He died while on holiday at Vancouver, British Columbia on 25 September 1986. There are extensive papers at the Archives of Manitoba. A student residence at Keewatin Community College in The Pas was named for him.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1986, page 24.

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

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 April 2018

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