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Memorable Manitobans: Bev Desjarlais (1955-2018)

MP (1997-2000), MP (2001-2004), MP (2004-2005).

Born at Regina, Saskatchewan on 19 August 1955, she worked at the hospital in Thompson. She served as a trustee for the Mystery Lake School Division (1992-1997) and was also its Chair (1994-1997). In 1997, she was elected to the House of Commons, defeating Elijah Harper. Initially sitting as a member of the New Democratic Party, in late 2005 she lost the constituency nomination as a result of her views on same-sex marriage that were at odds with those of the national party. She ran as an Independent in the 2006 federal election but was defeated by NDP candidate Niki Ashton. In recognition of her community service, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). In retirement, she moved to Brandon where she died on 15 March 2018.


“‘She was an unbelievably hard worker,’” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 2018, page A2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2018

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