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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Ernest “Jack” Moore (1882-1950)

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Labour leader, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Lewis-Kent, England on 12 February 1882, he joined the Royal Navy when he was less than 10 years old and saw service around the world for the next 11 years. He came to Winnipeg in 1910 and, the following year, became employed by the Canadian Northern Railway in its Fort Rouge Shops. He joined the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America and, as chairman of the joint protective board, negotiated the first wage agreement between employees and the company.

During the First World War, he served as a sergeant in France with the 44th Canadian Infantry Battalion. On his return to Canada he served on a Royal Commission set up by the Manitoba government to investigate employment conditions for returning veterans. In 1920, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature on a soldier-labour platform. He was fired from his railway job for his political activities but was reinstated after a storm of public protest and stayed there until retirement. He was an Independent candidate for the Winnipeg constituency in the 1927 provincial general election but was defeated.

He was named the first President of the Royal Canadian Legion when it was formed in 1925, holding the post for 22 years. In 1934 he founded the Young Men’s United to host swimming, boxing, curling and other activities for the children of fallen soldiers. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he went overseas to help organize auxiliary services.

He died at Winnipeg on 4 October 1950 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.


“Canadian Legion chief dies at Deer Lodge,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1950.

Times of Trouble: Labour Quiescence in Winnipeg 1920-1929 by David Edward Hall, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1983, page 72.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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