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Memorable Manitobans: David Orlikow (1919-1998)

Municipal official, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MP (1962-1963), MP (1963-1965), MP (1966-1968), MP (1968-1972), MP (1973-1974), MP (1974-1979), MP (1979), MP (1980-1984), MP (1984-1988).

Born in Winnipeg’s North End on 20 April 1918, son of Louis Orlikow and Sarah Cherniack, brother of Lionel Orlikow, he was educated at the Workman’s Circle School, St. John’s High School, and the University of Manitoba, where he studied pharmacy. He was elected a school trustee in 1945, beginning an unbroken 43-year political run that graduated to Winnipeg City Council, then the Manitoba legislature, and finally Parliament. In the process he won 18 consecutive elections, including nine to the House of Commons, where he sat as an NDP champion from 1962 until his defeat in 1988. He described himself as a “right-wing Social Democrat” and had little patience with the doctrinaire wing of the NDP. He was famed as a watchdog of human rights, public health, labour and cultural affairs in the House of Commons. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Winnipeg on 19 January 1998.


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

The Jewish Post and News, 22 January 1998, p. 10.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 July 2016

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