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Memorable Manitobans: René N. Jutras (1913-1995)

MP (1940-1945), MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953), MP (1953-1957).

Born at Letellier, Manitoba on 30 September 1913, eighth of ten children of Joseph Jutras and Clara Blais, he attended St. Boniface College and the University of Manitoba (BA). He married Madeleine Roussel on 22 October 1946. He served in Canada, the USA and overseas with the RCAF during World War Two. He was elected to the House of Commons for Provencer in 1940 at the age of 26, the youngest ever Liberal MP. He was re-elected in 1945, 1949, and 1953, defeated in 1957. He married his secretary, Madeleine Roussel of Ottawa, in 1946. They had five children. In 1949 he was a delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations. In the 1960s he worked as manager for an insurance company and later served on the board for the Canadian Pension Commission. In 1970 he founded the Pension Review Board which he chaired until his retirement in 1982. He died at his home in Ottawa, Ontario on 23 December 1995.

Sources:

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867 - 1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1996, page 46.

We thank Keith Jones for providing additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 24 May 2010

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