Fonds MSS 035 (A1980-011) - Gordon Ritchie Fonds

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Gordon Ritchie Fonds

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MSS 035 (A1980-011)

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3.70 m of textual records

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Gordon Ritchie was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on September 27, 1918. He attended Mountview school, Dauphin Collegiate, and Manitoba Medical College. He practiced medicine in Dauphin and throughout the Swan River valley. He was also the MP for Dauphin for 12 years, from 1968 to 1980, working weekends still as a general practitioner and ophthalmologist.

Ritchie ran for the Progressive Conservative Party and in 1968 was elected by a margin of 1,800 votes and again with much larger margins in 1972 and 1974. Ritchie was very active in parliament as a critic of government policies, particularly in tax reform and unemployment insurance. He sided with several conservative causes and even opposed his own party's support for various aspects of bilingualism.

He also served on the board of the Dauphin General Hospital and as a school trustee for the Dauphin Ochre School Division. He was on the Manitoba Medical Association Board of Directors for 12 years.

Following his political career, he returned to Dauphin to continue his medical practice until 1996. Ritchie died in 1998 in Dauphin.

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This material was donated by Gordon Ritchie to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections on February 11, 1980. In their original form they consisted of twenty-seven one-cubic foot transfer boxes.

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The Ritchie Collection consists entirely of the office files he generated as a Member of Parliament from 1968-1979. It does not contain any of his medical papers, files on his patients, or any other documents not directly related to his political career.

Unlike many other Members of Parliament collections, Ritchie’s has a very complete run of his speeches and parliamentary reports through the years which, more than any other records, provide a strong sense of his politics, views and philosophies. His constituency files provide the researcher with a fairly good prospective on the attitudes and concerns of western Manitobans throughout these years.

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This collection is organized into 5 series

Parliamentary Reports, 1968-1979
Speeches and Questions,1968-1979
Constituency Files, 1971-1976
Constituency Files, 1976-1980
Departmental/Subject/Committee Files, 1968-1979

Arrangement of the Papers: Wherever possible, the original filing order has been retained. However, during the processing and ordering of the collection, organizational changes were required. In final form, the collection is divided into four major categories: Parliamentary Reports from 1968 to 1979; a virtually complete run of Mr. Ritchie’s Speeches and Questions in the House of Commons; Constituency Files reflecting local concerns of the Dauphin Riding; and Departmental/Subject/Committee Files pertaining to government issues of the day.

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Finding aid created by Dr. Richard E. Bennett (1985). Finding aid encoded by Lori Podolsky Nordland (September 2002). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 35 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (April 2019).

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