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Gordon Ritchie fonds, 1918-1979

MSS 35

3.70 m of textual records

Ritchie was born in Dauphin, Manitoba, in 1918. He attended Mountview school, Dauphin Collegiate, and Manitoba Medical College. He practised medicine in Dauphin and throughout the Swan River valley for several years before entering the political arena in 1968. He ran for the Progressive Conservative Party and was elected with an 1,800 vote plurality and again with larger pluralities in 1972 and 1974. Ritchie was very active in Parliament as a critic of government policies, particularly in tax reform and unemployment insurance. He sided with several conservative causes and even opposed his own party's support for various aspects of bilingualism. Following his political career, he returned to Dauphin to continue his medical practise.

Donated by Gordon Ritchie, 1980

The collection consists entirely of office files he generated as a Member of Parliament from 1968 until 1979. Included are his speeches and parliamentary reports through the years which provide a strong sense of his politics, views, and philosophies. His constituency files provide the researcher with a fairly good perspective on the attitudes and concerns of western Manitobans throughout these years.

Open to all researchers

No further accruals are expected

Finding aid available