Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 138 years

 


MHS
Events


Fall
Field Trip:
Ukrainian
Settlement


Manitoba
History

No. 84


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


War
Memorials
in Manitoba


Digitized
Local History
Books


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Magnus Eliason (1911-2005)

Municipal politician.

Born near Arnes, Manitoba on 21 June 1911 to Icelandic pioneer parents. Greatly influenced by their liberal political views, Eliason became involved in politics and was a founding member and organizer of the Co-operative Commonweath Foundation (CCF), forerunner of the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP).

During his career, he met and worked with J. S. Woodsworth, Tommy Douglas, and Stanley Knowles, all figures in the Canadian social democratic movement. After a number of unsuccessful campaigns for public office for both the CCF and the NDP, Eliason was elected in 1968 to Winnipeg City Council as Councillor for Ward 2. Except for the years 1971 to 1974 and 1977 to 1980, he served on council until his retirement in 1989. Of his time in civic politics, Eliason was most satisfied by his work on low-income housing and the preservation of heritage buildings. In the latter capacity, he was given a Distinguished Service Award by Heritage Winnipeg.

He died on 11 November 2005. His papers are held at the City of Winnipeg Archives.

Sources:

City of Winnipeg Archives, 2007 Annual Report.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2012

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2017 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.