Bob Ringma

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Bob Ringma
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nanaimo—Cowichan
In office
Preceded by David Stupich
Succeeded by Reed Elley
Personal details
Born (1928-06-30)30 June 1928
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Died 31 March 2014(2014-03-31) (aged 85)
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Political party Reform Party

MGen Robert "Bob" Ringma (30 June 1928 – 31 March 2014) was a member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1993 to 1997. By career, he was a soldier for the Canadian Forces.

Born in Richmond, British Columbia, Ringma served in the Canadian Forces, serving during the Korean War. He attained the rank of Major General before leaving the military in 1983. His military experiences in Korea, particularly with the Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit (MLBU), are recounted in his book MLBU Full Monty in Korea (ISBN 1-894263-85-5).[1]

He was elected in the Nanaimo—Cowichan electoral district for the Reform Party in the 1993 general election. In 1996, he attracted controversy when he stated in a newspaper interview that store owners should be free to move gays and blacks "to the back of the shop", or even to fire them, if the presence of that individual offended a bigoted customer.[2] Ringma was suspended from the Reform Party caucus for several months after fellow MP Jan Brown spoke out against the prominence of extremist views in the party (although Brown herself was also suspended.)

Ringma left politics after serving in the 35th Canadian Parliament and retired to Thetis Island, British Columbia.

Ringma had three children with his wife Paula MacDowell. He died on 31 March 2014, aged 85.[3]


  1. ^ "MLBU Full Monty in Korea". General Store Publishing House. 
  2. ^ O'Neil, Peter (10 December 2011). "The full story behind my controversial Bob Ringma interview". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Robert Ringma: Obituary", (5 April 2014). Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 21 May 2014.

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