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Memorable Manitobans: Laurier Arthur Regnier (1903-1990)

Farmer, lawyer, MP (1958-1962).

Born at St. Francois Xavier on 31 August 1903, one of eleven children of Wilfred Regnier and Eva Morier, grandson of Octave Regnier, he attended school at the St. Boniface College and the University of Manitoba (LLB), becoming a farmer at Vivian and practicing law at St. Boniface for more than 50 years, retiring in 1982. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. On 26 February 1944, he married Rachelle Arpin (1912-2010). They had no children. He stood for election several times (1932, 1940, 1945, 1949, and 1957) before being elected to the House of Commons for St. Boniface in 1958, then was defeated in 1962 and 1963. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 8 August 1990 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Sources:

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1990, page 67.

Obituary [Rachelle Regnier], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2012

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