Dave Chomiak

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Dave Chomiak
MLA
Manitoba Minister of Mineral Resources
In office
October 18, 2013 – May 3, 2016
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by new portfolio
Manitoba Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines
In office
November 3, 2009 – October 18, 2013
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by Jim Rondeau
Succeeded by portfolio abolished
Manitoba Minister of Conservation
In office
October 19, 2011 – January 13, 2012
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by Bill Blaikie
Succeeded by Gord Mackintosh
Manitoba Minister of Justice and Attorney General
In office
September 21, 2006 – November 3, 2009
Premier Gary Doer
Greg Selinger
Succeeded by Andrew Swan
Manitoba Government House Leader
In office
September 21, 2006 – November 3, 2009
Manitoba Minister of Energy, Science and Technology
In office
October 12, 2004 – September 21, 2006
Premier Gary Doer
Preceded by Tim Sale
Succeeded by portfolio abolished
Manitoba Minister of Health
In office
October 5, 1999 – October 12, 2004
Premier Gary Doer
Preceded by Eric Stefanson
Succeeded by Tim Sale
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
September 11, 1990 – 2016
Preceded by Jack Reimer
Succeeded by Nic Curry
Constituency Kildonan
Personal details
Born (1953-02-15) February 15, 1953 (age 64)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nationality Canadian
Political party New Democratic Party
Occupation Lawyer

David Walter Chomiak (born February 15, 1953) is a former politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served as a cabinet minister in the New Democratic Party government of Greg Selinger.

Chomiak was born in Winnipeg and grew up in East Kildonan, graduating from Miles Macdonell Collegiate; he currently lives in the West Kildonan area. He worked as a lawyer before entering politics, and was a member of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, the Canadian Shield Foundation and the Big Brother's Association of Manitoba.

Chomiak was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1990 provincial election, in the north Winnipeg riding of Kildonan. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate David Langtry by 210 votes; Progressive Party leader Sidney Green finished fourth. After the election, Chomiak joined with 19 other NDP MLAs as the official opposition to Gary Filmon's government.

Chomiak was re-elected in the 1995 election, defeating Tory Robert Praznik 5812 votes to 3324. He again increased his margin of victory in the 1999 election, defeating PC candidate Shannon Martin by 6101 votes to 2542. The NDP won this election, and Chomiak was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Sport. He was relieved of responsibility for Sport on January 17, 2001.

In 2003, Chomiak supported Bill Blaikie's campaign to lead the federal New Democratic Party.

In 2003, he was re-elected in the once-marginal riding of Kildonan with over 70% of the vote. On October 12, 2004, he was appointed as Manitoba's Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, with responsibility for the Gaming Control Act and the Manitoba Hydro Act. Chomiak had been the longest-serving health minister in Canada prior to this shuffle, and there were rumours that he requested a transfer to a less stressful portfolio.

In September 2006, Chomiak was appointed as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and to the Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Gaming Control Commission in Gary Doer's new cabinet.[1]

Chomiak is pro-life, but as health minister never sought to criminalize abortions. He was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election.

In the 2016 provincial election, he was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Nic Curry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Squires, Rochelle (22 September 2006) "Premier's New Lineup" Winnipeg Sun Manitoba, p. 4
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Rondeau
as Manitoba Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines
Manitoba Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines
November 3, 2009 – May 3, 2016
Preceded by
Gord Mackintosh
Manitoba Minister of Justice and Attorney General
September 21, 2006 – November 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Andrew Swan
Preceded by
Gord Mackintosh
Manitoba Government House Leader
September 21, 2006 – November 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Bill Blaikie
Preceded by
Eric Stefanson
Manitoba Minister of Energy, Science and Technology
October 12, 2004 – September 21, 2006
Succeeded by
Jim Rondeau
as Manitoba Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines
Preceded by
Eric Stefanson
Manitoba Minister of Health
October 5, 1999 – October 12, 2004
Succeeded by
Tim Sale
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Preceded by
Neil Gaudry
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kildonan
September 11, 1990 – present
Incumbent