Bud Boyce

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Joseph Russell (Bud) Boyce
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
Preceded by Jim Cowan
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Winnipeg Centre
Personal details
Born March 20, 1924
Saint John, New Brunswick
Died March 16, 1984
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party New Democrat (1969-1981)
Progressive (1981)
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba

Joseph Russell (Bud) Boyce (March 20, 1924[1] in Saint John, New Brunswick[2] – March 16, 1984) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1969 to 1981, and served in the cabinet of Edward Schreyer. Initially a New Democrat, Boyce became a Progressive in 1981.[1]

Boyce grew up in Elm Creek, Manitoba, was educated at the University of Manitoba, and served as a signalman in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1945. He later served as a school councillor at St. John's Technical High School.[2] He supported Sidney Green for the leadership of the provincial NDP in 1968 and 1969.

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1969, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Jim Cowan[1] by almost 1,000 votes in the riding of Winnipeg Centre under the slogan Bud Boyce, your choice. He was not appointed to cabinet in the legislative term which followed, although he served as Deputy Speaker for a few months in 1971. In the 1973, he was re-elected[1] by an increased majority over Tory candidate Robert Wilson.

On June 26, 1974, Boyce entered cabinet as the Minister responsible for Corrections and Rehabilitations. He held this position until the Schreyer government was defeated in the 1977 election.[1]

Boyce was re-elected in the 1977 election,[1] defeating Tory candidate Philip S. Lee with a reduced majority. In 1979, he supported Sidney Green's unsuccessful bid to become interim leader of the provincial NDP.

On March 3, 1981, Boyce announced that he was joining Green's new Progressive Party of Manitoba, along with fellow New Democratic MLA Ben Hanuschak. He ran for re-election in the redistributed riding of Fort Rouge in the 1981 election,[1] but fared poorly, receiving only 243 votes.

After being defeated, Boyce worked as a consultant. He died at home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1984, before the next election was held.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Joseph Russell "Bud" Boyce (1924-1984)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-01-12.