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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Russell “Russ” Paulley (1909-1984)

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Andrew Russell “Russ” Paulley
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Upholsterer, MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977).

Born in the Weston district of Winnipeg on 3 November 1909, son of Fred Henry Paulley and Elizabeth Partington, he moved to Elmwood at an early age. On 21 May 1938, he married Mary Alice Sinclair (1914-1984) and they moved to Transcona where they had two daughters and he spent the remainder of his life. He worked in the Canadian National Railway shops before entering politics, first as Mayor of Transcona.

He ran in the 1949 federal general election but was defeated by Fernand Viau. In 1953, he became a CCF (later NDP) member of the Manitoba Legislature. He served as Transcona’s MLA in the legislature from 1953 to 1978, being re-elected in 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966, 1969, and 1973. He was leader of the Manitoba CCF from 1959 to 1969, and later served as Minister of Labour in the Schreyer government from 1969 to 1977. He was also Railway Commissioner (1959-1973), Minister of Government Services (1969-1970), Minister Responsible for the Civil Service Superannuation Act (1973-1977), and Minister Responsible for the Pension Benefits Act (1976-1977).

He was Rector’s Warden for ten years of St. George’s Anglican Church in Transcona and was a past master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba AF & AM. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 May 1984. His papers (1957-1977) are at the Archives of Manitoba.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1956.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1984, page 52.

“Former NDP leader dies after illness at 74,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1984, page 5.

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2021

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