|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||David Stupich|
|Succeeded by||Reed Elley|
30 June 1928|
Richmond, British Columbia
|Died||31 March 2014
|Political party||Reform Party|
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).
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. 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 had three children with his wife Paula MacDowell. He died on 31 March 2014, aged 85.
- "MLBU Full Monty in Korea". General Store Publishing House.
- O'Neil, Peter (10 December 2011). "The full story behind my controversial Bob Ringma interview". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Robert Ringma: Obituary", (5 April 2014). Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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