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Memorable Manitobans: Stewart Edgertson McLean (1913-1996)

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Stewart Edgertson McLean
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Lawyer, municipal official, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), judge.

Born at Dauphin on 21 November 1913, son of David McLean and Sarah McIntyre, he was educated at Whitmore School, Smith-Jackson School, Dauphin Collegiate, and the Dauphin Normal School. After one year of teaching at Dauphin Plains School, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, then articled in law at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He contracted tuberculosis before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the Second World War, he practised law in Dauphin and served as Mayor of Dauphin from 1956 to 1958. He was President of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities in 1958.

He served as a Conservative in the Manitoba Legislature from 1958 to 1969, during which time he was made a Queen’s Counsel (1960). He was the Minister of Education (1958-1963) responsible for the major school consolidation of the province. He also served as Attorney General (1963-1966), Minister of Public Utilities and Minister of Public Works (1966-1968), and Minister of Transportation (1968-1969). He was defeated by Peter Burtniak in the 1969 general election. Later he became a judge in Saskatchewan, serving at Yorkton and Regina. He retired from the bench in 1983.

He died at his home in Dauphin on 13 April 1996 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Western Municipal News, September 1958, page 270.

“Ten Manitobans on honors list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1960, page 1.

Foreward, The Concert Better Be Good by Mary Prokopowich, Dauphin: Dauphin Herald Company Limited, circa 1982.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1996, page 28.

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2017

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