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Ron Duhamel

Ronald J. Duhamel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint Boniface
In office
1988–2002
Preceded byLéo Duguay
Succeeded byRaymond Simard
Senator for Manitoba, Manitoba
In office
January 15, 2002 – September 30, 2002
Appointed byJean Chrétien
Personal details
Born(1938-03-02)March 2, 1938
Saint Boniface, Manitoba
DiedSeptember 30, 2002(2002-09-30) (aged 64)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister of Veterans Affairs (2000–2002)
Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification) (Francophonie) (1999–2002)
Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development) (Western Economic Diversification) (1997–1999)
PortfolioParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (1994–1996)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services) (1993–1994)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (Public Works and Government Services) (1993–1994)

Ronald J. Duhamel, PC (March 2, 1938 – September 30, 2002) was a Canadian Member of Parliament and Senator.[1]

Biography

Ronald Duhamel was born in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Lakehead University and a Master of Arts (MA) and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He was a teacher, school principal, professor at the University of Manitoba, assistant deputy minister of education, and deputy minister of education in Manitoba. He died of cancer on September 30, 2002, survived by his wife Carolyn and three daughters, Kathie, Natalie and Karine.[2]

Political career

Duhamel was elected as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Saint Boniface in the 1988 federal election. He was re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000. Duhamel was wildly popular in the riding and never won an election with less than 50% of the vote, winning each of his elections by 52%, 63%, 51% and 52%.

In 2000, Duhamel was appointed to the federal Cabinet by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the portfolio of Veterans Affairs, a post he held until 2002. Other posts he held include Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services), Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development), Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification), and Secretary of State (Francophonie).

Duhamel was appointed to the Senate on January 15, 2002, representing the senatorial division of Manitoba.

Electoral history

2000 Canadian federal election: Saint Boniface—Saint Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ronald J. Duhamel 20,173 52.2 +1.0
Alliance Joyce M. Chilton 8,962 23.2 +5.2
New Democratic John Parry 5,026 13.0 -5.0
Progressive Conservative Mike Reilly 4,505 11.7 -0.7
Total valid votes 38,666 100.0
1997 Canadian federal election: Saint Boniface—Saint Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ronald J. Duhamel 18,948 51.2 -12.2
New Democratic Peter Carney 6,663 18.0 +10.9
Reform Denis Simard 6,658 18.0 +1.2
Progressive Conservative Jennifer Clark 4,555 12.3 +5.1
Marxist–Leninist Rubin Kantorovich 171 0.5 +0.3
Total valid votes 36,995 100.0
1993 Canadian federal election: Saint Boniface—Saint Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ronald J. Duhamel 30,041 63.4 +11.9
Reform Alison Anderson 7,959 16.8 +14.1
Progressive Conservative Barbara Thompson 3,404 7.2 -26.5
New Democratic Pauline Dupont 3,354 7.1 -3.6
National Marcelle Marion 2,008 4.2
Canada Party Don Dumesnil 329 0.7
Natural Law Ginette Robert 250 0.5
Marxist–Leninist Sharon Segal 59 0.1
Total valid votes 47,404 100.0
1988 Canadian federal election: Saint Boniface—Saint Vital
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ronald J. Duhamel 24,117 51.5 +17.5
Progressive Conservative Léo Duguay 15,747 33.6 -6.1
New Democratic Alan Turner 5,012 10.7 -12.2
Reform Gordon G. Duncan 1,281 2.7
Libertarian Guy Beaudry 425 0.9
Independent Lyle H. Cruickshank 190 0.4
Independent Rubin Kantorovich 43 0.1
Total valid votes 46,815 100.0

References

  1. ^ "Ronald J. Duhamel | openparliament.ca".
  2. ^ "Senator Ron Duhamel dies". CBC News. 1 October 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor George Baker Minister of Veterans Affairs2000–2002 Rey Pagtakhan Sub-Cabinet Post Predecessor Title Successor Secretary of State (La Francophonie)(1999–2002) Denis Paradis
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