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Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

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Memorable Manitobans: Edmond Prefontaine (1897-1971)

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Edmond Prefontaine
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MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962).

Born on 18 July 1898, son of Albert Prefontaine and Albina L’Heureux (1868-1908), he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1918. He served as President of the Winnipeg and District Milk Producers Cooperative Association. A Liberal, he was elected MLA for the Carillon riding in 1936 and was re-elected in 1941, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, and 1959. He replaced his father who had been Minister of Agriculture under John Bracken and had served as an MLA for 30 years. Prefontaine was Minister of Municipal Affairs from 1951 to 1958 and Provincial Secretary from 1956 to 1958. He was the major critic in the House of the Roblin government’s plans to build the Winnipeg Floodway. In 1970, in recognition of his exemplary community service, he received a Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970). He died at Quebec City on 9 October 1971.


“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 126]

“Edmond Prefontaine,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1971, page 25.

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: 29 August 2018

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