Arthur Jacob “Jake” Epp

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Arthur Jacob Epp
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Educator, businessman, MP (1973-1974), MP (1974-1979), MP (1979), MP (1980-1984), MP (1984-1988), MP (1988-1993),

Born in St. Boniface on 1 September 1939, he taught at the Steinbach Collegiate (1961-1963) and was the Steinbach chair for the Manitoba Centennial Corporation.

He was elected as a Progressive Conservative to the House of Commons in the 1972 federal general election. Re-elected by wide margins in the 1974, 1980, 1984, and 1988 elections, he served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1979-1980), National Health and Welfare (1984-1989), and Energy, Mines and Resources (1989-1993). He introduced anti-smoking legislation and implemented a national AIDS strategy.

He was not a candidate in the 1993 general election and later served as Chairman of Ontario Power Generation where he promoted use of green energy. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and was inducted into the Order of Canada (2010).


The Hon. Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp, P.C., O.C., M.P., ParlInfo.

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