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Memorable Manitobans: William Gilbert Weir (1896-1971)

Farmer, MP (1930-1935), MP (1936-1940), MP (1940-1945), MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953), MP (1953-1957).

Born at Port Perry, Ontario on 1 July 1896, son of William M. Weir and Rosa Jane Roberts, he attended Tobacco Creek (Manitoba) Public School and the Manitoba Agricultural College (BSA). He became a farmer at Winnipeg, serving as Director of the Manitoba Wheat Pool from 1924 to 1930, and Vice-President of the United Farmers of Manitoba from 1923 to 1924. He was elected to the House of Commons for Macdonald in 1930, re-elected 1935, 1940, and 1945. He was re-elected for Portage-Neepawa in 1953, defeated in 1957. He served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister from 1953 to 1957. He died on 12 December 1971.


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

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