Memorable Manitobans: Alistair McLeod Stewart (1905-1970)
Accountant, MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953), MP (1953-1957), MP (1957-1958).
Born at Buckhaven, Scotland on 2 October 1905, he attended school locally and at the University of Edinburgh before coming to Canada in 1930, where he became a chartered accountant at Winnipeg. One of the founders of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Party (precursor to today’s New Democratic Party), he was elected to the House of Commons for Winnipeg North in 1945, re-elected in 1949, 1953, and 1957, and defeated in 1958. He ran in the 1963 federal election, on an anti-nuclear platform, but was defeated.
He was the first Chairman of the Manitoba New Democratic Party and served on the board of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In 1969, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Manitoba Economic Development Advisory Board and, at the time of his death, he was conducting an audit of the Churchill Forest Industries on behalf of the government. In 1946, he married Esther Kowalson (1916-2014). They had no children.
He died at New York City on 3 April 1970.
“Alistair ... and the headlines he doesn't want,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 March 1954.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
“Tributes extended to Stewart,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1970, page 4.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1970, page 25.
Obituary [Esther Stewart], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 2015.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 December 2022