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Memorable Manitobans: Donald William Craik (1931-1985)

Engineer, MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Baldur, Manitoba on 26 August 1931, and raised at Greenway, he obtained a BSc in Engineering at the University of Manitoba and a Master of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He served as director of the Manitoba Research Council from 1964 to 1966.

He was actively involved in Manitoba politics from 1966 to 1981, being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in June 1966 and serving as Minister of Mines and Natural Resources (1967-1968), Minister of Energy and Mines (1979-1981), Minister of Finance (1977-1981), Minister of Youth and Education (1968-1969), Minister Responsible for Manitoba Forestry Resources Limited (1979-1981), Minister Responsible for Manitoba Hydro (1977-1981), Deputy Premier (1977-1981), and Acting Leader of the Opposition. He retired from politics after his defeat in the 1981 general election, but continued as chairman of the Progressive Conservative Manitoba Fund.

At the time of his death, he was president of Northwest Consulting Associates and Chairman of the Board of Fine Line Communications Limited. He was a member of the board of trustees of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

He died in his sleep at his summer cottage on Clearwater Bay, Ontario on 2 September 1985.

Sources:

“Craik Dies in Sleep; Lyon Mourns Old Friend” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1985, page 5.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 1985, page 50.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2011

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