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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Ralph “Bud” Sherman (1926-2015)

Journalist, MP (1966-1968), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1984).

Born at Quebec City on 24 December 1926, son of Louis Ralph Sherman and Caroline Zerelda Gillmor, he attended Strathcona Boys’ School and Central High School in Calgary, Alberta. After moving to Winnipeg, he attended Kelvin High School and the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1949 from the latter with a BA degree. He worked for the Canadian Press and spent the next 11 years at Halifax, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. In the late 1950s, he was Bureau Chief and Western Canada Manager for United Press International, in Vancouver, returning to Winnipeg in late 1957. In 1960 he moved into television journalism and became Director of News and Public Affair, on-air anchorman, and host of a public affairs program on CJAY, the CTV affiliate in Winnipeg.

On 28 December 1955, he married Elizabeth Ann Beaton. Elected to the House of Commons for Winnipeg South in 1965, he served until 1968. He moved into provincial politics in 1969, representing the Fort Garry constituency. He served the Progressive Conservative party as Whip, Chairman, Minister of Health and Social Development (1977-1979), Minister of Health (1979-1981), Deputy House Leader, Deputy Premier (1981-1984), Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation (1977-1979), and Minister for Amateur Sport. He resigned his seat in 1984 to run in the federal election that fall but was defeated. In 1985, he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), based in Hull, Quebec. He was Vice-Chair Telecommunications from 1987 until his retirement in 1995. He chaired a federal-provincial task force on telecommunications in 1987 and 1988.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 January 2015.


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

Biographical sketch, PARLINFO.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 2015.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2015

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