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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Salusbury “Len” Evans (1929-2016)

Economist, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988), MLA (1988-1990), MLA (1990-1995).

Born at Transcona on 19 August 1929, son of David Evans and Blodwyn Salusbury, he was educated at the Trancona Collegiate, United College, University of Manitoba (MA Economics), Simon Fraser University, and University of Ottawa. He worked at the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in Ottawa before returning to Manitoba and teaching Economics at Brandon College.

Defeated in the 1953 federal general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislative at the 1969 general election and was re-elected in 1973, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1995. He did not stand for re-election in 1999. He held numerous ministerial portfolios during the governments of Edward Schreyer and Howard Pawley, including Minister of Mines and Natural Resources (1969), Minister of Industry and Commerce (1969-1977), Minister Responsible for Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (1976-1977), Minister of Natural Resources (1981-1982, 1986-1988), Minister Responsible for Manitoba Telephone System (1981-1982), Minister of Community Service and Correction (1981-1983), Minister of Employment Services and Economic Security (1983-1988), Minister Responsible for A. E. McKenzie Company (1983-1984), and Minister Responsible for Manitoba Data Services (1987-1988). After leaving politics, he served on the Public Utilities Board and the Board of Governors for Brandon University.

On 27 June 1953, he married Alice Lorraine Mazinke (1934-2015) at Transcona. They had three children. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University (2001).

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 2 January 2016.


“Transcona pair exchange vows,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1953, page 17.

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

Obituary [Alice Lorraine Evans], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 2015.

Len Evans, former NDP cabinet minister, dies at age 86,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2016.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2019

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