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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald David Turner (1915-1965)

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Ronald David Turner
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Lawyer, MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), aviation pioneer.

Born at Carman on 19 August 1915, he was educated at John M. King School and the University of Manitoba (BA, 1935). He was a champion swimmer at university, setting a record for a swim at Lake of the Woods. He received his law degree in 1939 (being made a Queen’s Counsel in 1954) and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Pilot Officer, being discharged in 1946 as a Wing Commander. He was elected MLA for RCAF veterans in 1945, and later elected as an MLA for Winnipeg South in 1949 and re-elected in 1953. He was Provincial Treasurer (1951-1956), later adding the portfolio of industry and commerce, then that of provincial Railway Commissioner (1954-1956). His budget presentations were highly prized for their detail. He resigned all his appointments in 1956 to become President of TransAir Limited. He served as President of the Manitoba Arts Council in the late 1950s. He died at Winnipeg on 15 March 1965. His honorary pallbearers included Douglas L. Campbell, R. G. B. Dickson, C. Irving Keith, Gildas Molgat, Conrad S. Riley, and George H. Sellers.


“John M. King ‘a must’ in booming city of ‘05” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1949.

“5 Manitoba lawyers named Queen’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1953, page 3.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1956.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1965, page 42.

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

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2018

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