List of premiers of Manitoba

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Brian Pallister is the current Premier of Manitoba.

The Canadian province of Manitoba was created in 1870.[1] Manitoba has a unicameral Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which the Premier is the leader of the party that controls the most seats in the Legislative Assembly. The Premier is Manitoba's head of government, and the Queen of Canada is its head of state and is represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. The Premier picks a cabinet from the elected members to form the Executive Council of Manitoba, and then presides over that body.[2]

Members are first elected to the legislature during general elections. General elections must be conducted every four years from the date of the last election, but the premier may ask for early dissolution of the Legislative Assembly. An election may also happen if the governing party loses the confidence of the legislature by the defeat of a supply bill or tabling of a confidence motion.[3]

Manitoba has had twenty-one Premiers since the province was formed, of which six were non-partisan, six were Progressive Conservatives, four were Liberals, and four were New Democrats. However, during the early years of the province and until 1874, leading ministers were not titled "Premier".[4] Furthermore, they were officially non-partisan and were chosen by elected members of the Legislative Assembly from among themselves before the province began to use a party system in 1888.[5] This article only covers the time since the province was created in 1870. Before that, the territory was part of the District of Assiniboia in Rupert's Land, and was loosely controlled by the Hudson's Bay Company.[6]

Premiers of Manitoba

  Non-partisan   Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba   Progressive Party of Manitoba   Manitoba Liberal Party   New Democratic Party of Manitoba

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Electoral mandates (Assembly) Political party

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Alfred Boyd
MLA for St. Andrews North
16 September[7] 1870

14 December[7] 1871

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Marc-Amable Girard
MLA for St. Boniface East
14 December[7] 1871

14 March[7] 1872

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Henry Joseph Clarke
MLA for St. Charles
14 March[7] 1872

8 July[7] 1874

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none 8 July 1874

2 December 1874
 (1st Assembly)

Marc-Amable Girard was the de facto premier as the Provincial Secretary.[7][8]
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Robert Atkinson Davis
MLA for Winnipeg and St. John until 1874
MLA for Winnipeg
3 December[7] 1874

16 October[7] 1878

John Norquay
MLA for St. Andrews South until 1879
MLA for St. Andrews
16 October[7] 1878

24 December[7] 1887

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David Howard Harrison
MLA for Minnedosa West
26 December[7] 1887

19 January[7] 1888

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Thomas Greenway
MLA for Mountain
19 January[7] 1888

6 January[7] 1900

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Sir Hugh John Macdonald
MLA for Winnipeg South
10 January[7] 1900

29 October[7] 1900

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Sir Rodmond Roblin
MLA for Woodlands until 1903
MLA for Dufferin
29 October[7] 1900

12 May[7] 1915

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Tobias Norris
MLA for Lansdowne
12 May[7] 1915

8 August[7] 1922

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John Bracken
MLA for The Pas
8 August[7] 1922

14 January[7] 1943

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Stuart Garson
MLA for Fairford
14 January[7] 1943

13 November[7] 1948

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Douglas Lloyd Campbell
MLA for Lakeside
13 November[7] 1948

30 June[7] 1958

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Dufferin Roblin
MLA for Wolseley
30 June[7] 1958

27 November[7] 1967
Progressive Conservative

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Walter Weir
MLA for Minnedosa
27 November[7] 1967

15 July[7] 1969
Progressive Conservative

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Edward Schreyer
(b. 1935)
MLA for Rossmere
15 July[9] 1969

24 November[9] 1977
New Democratic

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Sterling Lyon
MLA for Charleswood
24 November[7] 1977

17 November[7] 1981
Progressive Conservative

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Howard Pawley
MLA for Selkirk
30 November[9] 1981

9 May[9] 1988
New Democratic

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Gary Filmon
(b. 1942)
MLA for Tuxedo
9 May[9] 1988

5 October[9] 1999
Progressive Conservative

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Gary Doer
(b. 1948)
MLA for Concordia
5 October[9] 1999

19 October[9] 2009
New Democratic

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Greg Selinger
(b. 1951)
MLA for St. Boniface
19 October[9] 2009

3 May[9] 2016
New Democratic

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Brian Pallister
(b. 1954)
MLA for Fort Whyte
3 May[9] 2016

Progressive Conservative

Min. Minority government
Co. Coalition government
Brian Pallister Greg Selinger Gary Doer Gary Filmon Howard Pawley Sterling Lyon Edward Schreyer Walter Weir Dufferin Roblin Douglas Lloyd Campbell Stuart Garson John Bracken Tobias Norris Rodmond Roblin Hugh John Macdonald Thomas Greenway David Howard Harrison John Norquay Robert Atkinson Davis Henry Joseph Clarke Marc-Amable Girard Alfred Boyd

Living former premiers

As of November 2017, four former premiers of Manitoba are alive, the oldest being Edward Schreyer (1969–1977). The most recent former premier to die was Howard Pawley (1981–1988) on December 30, 2015.

Name Term Date of birth
Edward Schreyer 1969–1977 (1935-12-21) December 21, 1935 (age 82)
Gary Filmon 1988–1999 (1942-08-24) August 24, 1942 (age 75)
Gary Doer 1999–2009 (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 70)
Greg Selinger 2009–2016 (1951-02-16) February 16, 1951 (age 67)

See also


  • "Dates of Manitoba General Elections". Elections Manitoba. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  • "Provincial Premiers". Elections Manitoba. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  1. ^ "Entered Confederation: 1870". Library and Archives Canada. May 10, 2001. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Roles and Responsibilities". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Legislative Terminology" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Government of Manitoba. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Davd Burley, "The Emergence of the Premiership, 1870-1874," Manitoba Premiers of the 19th and 20th centuries, Barry Ferguson and Robert Wardhaugh, eds., Great Plains, 2010
  5. ^ "Friendly Rivalries: Manitoba Elections Since 1966". CBC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Territorial Evolution, 1870". Natural Resources Canada. April 6, 2004. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "Biographies of Deceased Members". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. August 4, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Manitoba Premiers". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Biographies of Living Members". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. November 4, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 

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