Ronald J. Duhamel
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Saint Boniface
|Preceded by||Léo Duguay|
|Succeeded by||Raymond Simard|
|Senator for Manitoba, Manitoba|
January 15, 2002 – September 30, 2002
|Appointed by||Jean Chrétien|
|Born||March 2, 1938|
Saint Boniface, Manitoba
|Died||September 30, 2002(aged 64)|
|Cabinet||Minister 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)
|Portfolio||Parliamentary 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)
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. In 1987, he was awarded the Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor's Medal in Public Administration.
He 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. He died of cancer on September 30, survived by his wife Carolyn and three daughters, Kathie, Natalie and Karine.
- Ron Duhamel – Parliament of Canada biography
- Debates of the Senate (Hansard), 2nd Session, 37th Parliament, Volume 140, Issue 3
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|George Baker||Minister of Veterans Affairs
|Secretary of State (La Francophonie)