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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Edward Graham (1921-2006)

Farmer, contractor, MLA (1969-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986).

Born on 26 December 1921, a long-time resident of Binscarth, Manitoba, he farmed and was a construction contractor before going into politics which, it is said, he did accidentally when he agreed to help a dentist friend run for office but took his place when the dentist could not find a replacement to use his left-handed dental tools. Graham was elected to the Manitoba Legislature by a narrow margin, at a by-election in February 1969, representing the Birtle-Russell constituency. He was re-elected at the general elections in 1969, 1973, 1977, and 1981. From 1977 to 1981, he was Speaker of the House in the Sterling Lyon government. He did not stand for re-election in 1986. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Russell Hospital. In 1977, he received the Queen Eliabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Russell on 21 September 2006.

Sources:

“Former MLA, Speaker, remembered at service”, Shoal Lake Crossroads, 30 September 2006, page 2.

“Birtle-Russell MLA served as Speaker”, Brandon Sun, 29 September 2006, page 3.

“Entry into politics was accidental”, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 2006, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 December 2011

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