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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.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 26 December 2009

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