Ron Schuler

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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.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2]

School board service[edit]

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

Candidate Total Votes Result
Ron Schuler 5745 Elected
Brian Olynik 4525 Elected
Peter Kotyk 3957 Elected
Bill Dueck 3726
Leni Hamm-Lousier 2591

[3]

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.[2]

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.[2]

1998 River East School Division Ward Three school trustee results

Candidate Total Votes Result
Ron Schuler 5772 Elected
Peter Kotyk 5173 Elected
Brian Olynik 5136 Elected
Con Lynch 4416
Al Penner 4005

[4]

Legislative service[edit]

Schuler was elected to the Manitoba Legislature on September 21 in the 1999 provincial election, defeating New Democrat Leonard Kimakovich by 4969 votes to 4058 in the constituency of Springfield.


Manitoba general election, 1999: Springfield
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Ron Schuler 4,969 49.47 $25,718.76
     New Democratic Party Leonard Kimacovich 4,058 40.40 $26,227.00
Liberal Patricia Aitken 771 7.68 $13,962.00
     Manitoba Party Roger Woloshyn 203 2.02 $2,703.08
Total valid votes 10,001 99.56
Rejected and declined votes 44
Turnout 10,045 77.12
Registered voters 13,025

[5]

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.[2]

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.[2]

2003 Manitoba provincial election: Springfield

Candidate Name Party Votes
Ron Schuler PC 4,917 – 60.3%
Georgine Spooner NDP 2,512 – 30.8%
Vince Boileau Lib 682 – 8.9%
rejected 20
declined 14
total votes cast 8,145
registered voters 14,599
turnout 55.79%

[6]

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 %
Hugh McFadyen 6,091 67%
Ron Schuler 1,953 21%
Ken Waddell 1099 12%

[7]

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
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Ron Schuler 5,165 58.16 $25,538.14
     New Democratic Party Ernest Muswagon 2,656 29.91 $7,505.06
Liberal James Johnston 1,014 11.42 $4,606.05
Total valid votes 8,835 99.48
Rejected and declined votes 46
Turnout 8,881 56.78
Registered voters 15,642

[8]

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.[9]

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.

Community involvement[edit]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About Ron". 
  3. ^ - 1995 Results
  4. ^ - 1998 Results
  5. ^ - 1999 Results
  6. ^ - 2003 Results
  7. ^ - 2006 Results
  8. ^ - 2007 Results
  9. ^ "Ron Schuler". PC Team. PC Manitoba. 

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