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Filmon, Hon. Gary Albert - Premier of Manitoba

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 9:53 p.m.

Filmon, Hon. Gary Albert
Premier of Manitoba

Gary Filmon was sworn in as Manitoba's 19th premier on May 9, 1988. He was re-elected in September 1990 and again in April 1995, serving his third term as premier. He is minister of federal-provincial relations and chairs the Economic Development Board of Cabinet and the Manitoba Round Table on Environment and Economy.

A registered professional engineer, Filmon was first elected to the Manitoba legislature as a government member in the River Heights by election of October 1979. The following month he was appointed legislative assistant to the minister of finance and energy and mines until January 1981 when he was sworn into the provincial cabinet. He became minister of consumer and corporate affairs and environment and assumed responsibility for the Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation.

Re-elected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1995 as the member of the legislative assembly for Tuxedo, he has been leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party since December 1983.

A native of Winnipeg, he obtained his early education at four north Winnipeg schools: Margaret Scott, Faraday, St. John's and Sisler. He then attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a bachelor of science degree (civil engineering) in 1964. Following postgraduate work he earned his master's degree in civil engineering in 1967.

He served as a consulting engineer for five years with Underwood McLellan Ltd. and for the next 11 years was president of Success/Angus Commercial College.

For four years, starting in 1975, he was a Winnipeg city councillor, serving as chairman of the committee on works and operations, as member of the executive policy committee and as a member of the city's official delegation to the provincial government. He also served as chairman of the Assiniboine Park-Fort Garry committee.

Among his community activities, he has served as president of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, president of the Association of Canadian Career Colleges, member of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, director of the Administrative Management Society and director of the Red River Exhibition Board.

Gary Filmon and his wife, Janice, have four children: Allison, David, Gregg and Susanna.

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