Doug Gourlay

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Douglas MacLeod Gourlay (born December 1, 1929[1] in Brandon, Manitoba[2]) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1977 to 1986, and was a cabinet minister in the government of Sterling Lyon.[1]

The son of Andrew Jackson Gourlay and Catherine Macleod Rammage, he was educated at the University of Manitoba (receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952), the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado.[2] He served as with the Federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration from 1952 to 1956,[3] and later worked as an agrologist.[citation needed] In 1952, Gourlay married Audrey May Porter.[2]

Gourlay served as a councillor for the Town of Swan River in mid-northern Manitoba between 1972 and 1975, and was its Mayor from 1975 to 1977.[2] He was also a member of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists during this period.[citation needed]

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1977,[1] narrowly defeating New Democratic Party candidate Leonard Harapiak in Swan River.[4] He was not initially called to serve in Lyon's cabinet, but was named Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Northern Affairs,[5][6] with responsibility for the Communities Economic Development Fund on November 15, 1979.[1]

The Tories were defeated in the 1981 provincial election, although Gourlay again defeated Harapiak by a narrow margin. He narrowly lost to Harapiak by 65 votes in their third encounter, in the provincial election of 1986.[7] He has not sought a return to politics since this time.[citation needed]

In 1995, Gourlay became president and CEO of Montex Holding Company.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ a b c d Normandin, Pierre G (1985). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  3. ^ a b Lumley, Elizabeth (1997). Canadian Who's Who. ISBN 0-8020-4996-6.
  4. ^ Doern, Russell (1985) The battle over bilingualism: the Manitoba language question, Cambridge Publishers, ISBN 978-0-9692313-0-1, p. 75
  5. ^ "Manitoba Hydro Chills Indians Protesting Bills", Montreal Gazette, May 14, 1980, p. 17, retrieved 2011-03-06
  6. ^ "Lyon Urged to Seek Resignation", Calgary Herald, April 22, 1981, p. A16, retrieved 2011-03-06
  7. ^ "Swan River". Manitoba. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-30.