George William Johnson (politician)

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George William Johnson
Member of the Manitoba Assembly
for Assiniboia
In office
1959–1962
Preceded by Donovan Swailes
Succeeded by Stephen Patrick
Majority 217
Personal details
Born(1892-07-10)July 10, 1892
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Died April 26, 1973(1973-04-26) (aged 80)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

George William Johnson (July 10, 1892 [1] in Stratford, Ontario [2] – April 26, 1973) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1959 to 1962, representing the Winnipeg riding of Assiniboia for the Progressive Conservative Party. [1]

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Private life

Johnson was educated in Stratford and moved to the Neepawa area of Manitoba in 1917 and then to Winnipeg in 1918. He operated a butcher shop until 1929, when he joined Canada Safeway. From 1947 to 1950, he worked for Safeway in Vancouver. He retired from Safeway in 1959. Johnson also served on the city council for St. James, the St. James school board and the St. James Chamber of Commerce. He died in Winnipeg at the age of 80. [2]

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Political career

He first campaigned for the Manitoba legislature in the 1958 provincial election, but lost to CCF incumbent Donovan Swailes by 131 votes in Assiniboia. He ran again in the 1959 election and defeated Swailes [1] by 217 votes, as the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government under Dufferin Roblin.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  2. 1 2 "George William Johnson (1892-1973)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society . Retrieved 2013-10-18.