Ron Schuler (born February 12, 1963) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He is currently a member of the Manitoba Legislature and a representative of the Progressive Conservative Party. He was first elected in the 1999 provincial election and was re-elected in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.
Personal life and education
Schuler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended John M. King Elementary School, before moving to Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he attended Millburg Elementary School in Berrien County. In 1976, he moved back to Winnipeg, where he attended Elmwood Junior High and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1981. He is the youngest son of Wanda and Reinhold Schuler, with four sisters and one brother.
Schuler obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1987, with a major in international relations and a minor in sociology. He was a junior executive at the T. Eaton Company in 1979-84. Schuler went on to become a small business owner and co-owner of Christmas Traditions, Espresso Junction Inc. and Gingerbread World Inc. He also served as Chair of the Manitoba Intercultural Council from 1991 to 1993.
School board service
On October 25, 1995, Schuler began his political career by being elected as a school trustee for the River East School Division, Ward Three.
1995 River East School Division Ward Three school trustee results
In his first term on the River East School Board, Schuler served as Chairman of the Education and Policy Committee. He advocated a zero violence tolerance policy on issues affecting the safety of students and staff. Schuler strongly supported increased technology funding and division-wide upgrades to classroom computers, and also strongly supported heritage language programs offered in the divisions.
He was re-elected on October 28 as a school trustee for the River East School Division, Ward Three in the 1998 election. Schuler’s re-election led him to being appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in November 1998. He resigned from his position as school trustee on September 23, 1999 to pursue his career in provincial politics with the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba.
1998 River East School Division Ward Three school trustee results
|Manitoba general election, 1999: Springfield|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Schuler||4,969||49.47||$25,718.76|
|New Democratic Party||Leonard Kimacovich||4,058||40.40||$26,227.00|
|Manitoba Party||Roger Woloshyn||203||2.02||$2,703.08|
|Total valid votes||10,001||99.56|
|Rejected and declined votes||44|
During Schuler’s first term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Gary Filmon, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba appointed Schuler as the PC Caucus Labour & Immigration Critic.
The voters of Springfield re-elected Schuler as their MLA on June 3, 2003 by a much greater margin, despite the poor performance of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba candidates in most of Manitoba. Stuart Murray appointed Schuler as the PC Caucus Critic for Energy, Science and Technology, and the Chief Critic for the Kyoto Accord, the Civil Service Commission, and Lotteries and Gaming.
2003 Manitoba provincial election: Springfield
|Ron Schuler||PC||4,917 – 60.3%|
|Georgine Spooner||NDP||2,512 – 30.8%|
|Vince Boileau||Lib||682 – 8.9%|
|total votes cast||8,145|
On February 24, 2006, Schuler announced that he would seek the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. Hugh McFadyen won the leadership election on April 29, 2006.
2006 Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba leadership election
|Candidate Votes||Votes||Vote %|
For a third consecutive term, Schuler was re-elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Springfield on May 22, 2007.
|Manitoba general election, 2007: Springfield|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Schuler||5,165||58.16||$25,538.14|
|New Democratic Party||Ernest Muswagon||2,656||29.91||$7,505.06|
|Total valid votes||8,835||99.48|
|Rejected and declined votes||46|
In September 2007, Schuler was appointed Critic for Education, Citizenship and Youth, as well as Caucus Whip by Leader Hugh McFadyen. As of February 4, 2010, Schuler is the Critic for Housing and Community Development and Sports.
Schuler has held numerous Critic portfolios during his time in office, which include: Labour and Immigration, Energy, Science and Technology, Kyoto Accord, the Civil Service Commission, Lotteries and Gaming, Education, Citizenship & Youth, Community Economic Development Fund, Housing and Community Development and Sports, as well as Caucus Whip.
Schuler has been nominated to represent the Progressive Conservative Party in the 2011 Manitoba provincial election, held on October 4, in the newly created constituency of St Paul.
Schuler is an active community volunteer and has given his time to Big Brothers, Citizens on Patrol, Citizens Against Impaired Driving, the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba, Max Reinhardt Theatre Canada, the Folk Arts Council, the German Canadian Heritage Foundation and the Manitoba Inter-cultural Council. He is very active in Manitoba youth sports and other community activities.