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Hon. T. A. Crerar has a long list of accomplishments to his credit. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1917; re elected in 1921; was Minister of Railways and Canals; Minister of Mines; Minister of Immigration; Supt. General of Indian Affairs; Member of the Canadian Delegation to the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937, and attended the British Commonwealth Conference on Vvar Effort in London in 1939.
He was summoned to the Senate Apr. 18, 1945 and resigned on June 1, 1966.
To add to all his accomplishments, it is said that in his youth he was a school teacher and a farmer for a few years!
HON. WALTER C. WEIR
Hon. W. C. Weir, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Weir, was born in 1929 at High Bluff. He received his elementary school education there, before coming to Portage to attend high school.
His first business venture was in Minnedosa where he operated a funeral home from 1953 to 1963. While there he played a prominent role in Municipal affairs, serving as councillor, deputy mayor and chairman of the town planning Commission. He was also Charter President of the Minnedosa Chamber of Commerce.
He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the general election of 1959 to represent Minnedosa Constituency.
In 1961, when he was sworn in as Minister of Municipal Affairs at the age of 32, he became the youngest Cabinet Minister in the administration of Premier Roblin.
He became Minister of Public Works in 1962 and had the added responsibility of Dept. of Highways in 1965.
In 1966, he relinquished the public works portfolio, and added water control and conservation duties to his highway portfolio.
Hon. Walter C. Weir became Manitoba's 15th Premier in November of 1967. He succeeded Hon. Duff Roblin, who resigned after serving as Premier from June 16, 1958.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL HARRY JAMES COWAN, O.B.E. Brig.-Gen. Harry J. Cowan, O.B.E., son of Dr. James Cowan, practiced law in Portage in the early days. He served in the South African War and also in the first World War.