Doug Martindale

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Doug Martindale
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
Preceded by William Chornopyski
Succeeded by Melanie Wight
Constituency Burrows
Personal details
Born May 25, 1947
Brockville, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba

Doug Martindale (born May 25, 1947) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba since 1990, serving as a member of the New Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Martindale was born in Brockville, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University (1973) and a Master of Divinity degree from Victoria University (1976). He is an ordained United Church minister, and has practiced in Saskatchewan (1976–80) and at a mission in north-end Winnipeg (1980–90).[1][2] He has been involved in several outreach programs among Winnipeg's poor and aboriginal communities, and remains active in efforts to combat homelessness. He helped to convert St. John's United Church into a co-op apartment complex, and was a founding member of Inner City Voice newspaper. In the legislature, he has served as Chair of the Justice, Social and Economic Development Committees.[3]

In 1973, he married Carol Wachniak. The couple has two children.[4]

Martindale defeated incumbent MLA Conrad Santos to win the New Democratic Party nomination for the northwest Winnipeg division of Burrows in the 1988 provincial election.[5] He was defeated in the general election by Liberal candidate William Chornopyski. The seat had previously been regarded as safe for the NDP, but local divisions and a provincial swing away from the party contributed to Martindale's defeat.

Opposition member[edit]

NDP support had recovered somewhat by the 1990 election, and Martindale was able to defeat Chornopyski in a rematch. The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government under Gary Filmon, and Martindale served in the official opposition as his party's critic for family services and housing.[6] He opposed the Filmon government's cuts to child welfare and education support, and called for an inquiry into allegations of emotional abuse and unethical treatment at the Osborne House battered women's shelter.[7] He also criticized the government's introduction of a "welfare fraud hotline", describing it as "punitive and unnecessary" and noting that Manitoba lost far more money each year to income tax fraud.[8] Nonetheless, Martindale supported the government's early intervention policy as a means of keeping more children with their families and out of the supervision of Child and Family Services.[9]

Martindale was re-elected in the 1995 general election, as the Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government across the province. He continued to serve as family services critic, and opposed another round of child welfare cuts introduced by the Filmon government later in the year.[10] When the government introduced further benefit cuts of up to 10% for single, employable people, Martindale described Filmon's administration as the "cruelest, most heartless government in Canada".[11] In 1999, he and fellow NDP MLA Diane McGifford organized consultative meetings of parents and day-care providers.[12]

Government backbencher[edit]

The New Democratic Party won a majority government in the 1999 general election under the leadership of Gary Doer. Martindale was easily re-elected in Burrows, defeating controversial school trustee Mike Babinsky of the Liberal Party. He served as a backbench supporter of the Doer government. In 2002, he was appointed to a four-member task force seeking public input on the future of the province's mining and petroleum sectors.[13] There was some speculation that he would be appointed to cabinet after his re-election in 2003, but this did not occur.[14]

In 2004, Martindale brought forward a parliamentary motion urging the provincial government to declare the last Saturday of November as Day of the Ukrainian Famine/Genocide, commemorating the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-33.[15] He was an international observer to the Ukrainian presidential election in December 2004.[16]

Martindale was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election.[17]

In 2011, he announced that he would not be seeking reelection. Martindale said that he would be teaching at Booth University College and Providence University College, and would return to preaching as a United Church minister.[18]

Federal politics[edit]

Martindale supported Lorne Nystrom's bid to become leader of the federal New Democratic Party in 1995, and endorsed Bill Blaikie in 2003.


Electoral record[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Doug Martindale 3,790 70.75 +1.74 $16,207.51
     Progressive Conservative Rick Negrych 1,005 18.76 +11.47 $13,322.81
Liberal Bernd Hohne 562 10.49 −11.09 $3,416.97
Total valid votes 5,357 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 29
Turnout 5,386 50.12 −0.01
Electors on the lists 10,747

Manitoba general election, 2003: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Doug Martindale 4,004 69.01 +2.67 $14,056.29
Liberal Tony Sanchez 1,252 21.58 −2.23 $17,240.92
     Progressive Conservative Derek Lambert 423 7.29 −2.03 $0.00
Green Catharine Johannson 123 2.12 $200.80
Total valid votes 5,802 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 31
Turnout 5,833 50.13 −15.50
Electors on the lists 11,636

Manitoba general election, 1999: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Doug Martindale 5,151 66.34 $21,056.00
Liberal Mike Babinsky 1,849 23.81 $24,553.70
     Progressive Conservative Cheryl Clark 724 9.32 $11,879.28
Communist Darrell Rankin 41 0.53 $0.00
Total valid votes 7,765 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 55
Turnout 7,820 65.63
Electors on the lists 11,916

Manitoba general election, 1995: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Doug Martindale 4,748 67.46 +13.12 $18,404.00
     Progressive Conservative Bill McGee 1,266 17.99 −1.11 $13,414.34
Liberal Naty Yankech 1,024 14.55 −12.01 $13,401.87
Total valid votes 7,038 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 58
Turnout 7,096 63.90 −2.96
Electors on the lists 11,104

Manitoba general election, 1990: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Doug Martindale 4,206 54.34
Liberal William Chornopyski 2,056 26.56
     Progressive Conservative Chris Aune 1,478 19.10
Total valid votes 7,740 100.00
Rejected ballots 29
Turnout 7,769 66.86
Electors on lists 11,619

Manitoba general election, 1988: Burrows
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal William Chornopyski 3,114 42.27
New Democratic Doug Martindale 3,005 40.79
     Progressive Conservative Allan Yap 1,040 14.12
     Independent Michael Kibzey 129 1.75
Communist Lorne Robson 79 1.07
Total valid votes 7,367 100.00
Rejected ballots 45
Turnout 7,412 66.05
Electors on lists 11,222

All electoral information is taken from Elections Manitoba. Expenditures refer to candidate expenses.


  1. ^ "Loser in riding fight seeks NDP leadership", Globe and Mail, 28 March 1988, A4. The article title refers to Conrad Santos.
  2. ^ Biography: Doug Martindale Archived January 18, 2005, at the Wayback Machine., New Democratic Party of Manitoba, accessed 27 February 2007.
  3. ^ Leah Janzen, "$1.1M handed out for city's homeless", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 2004, B8.
  4. ^ "Rev. Doug Martindale". Association for Manitoba Archives. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Ousted MLA joins leadership contest", Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1981, A1. Martindale defeated Santos on the third ballot by a vote of 64 to 37. The other candidates were Ed Kowalchuk and Colleen Allen. Allen later sought the federal New Democratic Party nomination for Selkirk—Red River in the 1993 election, and lost to Jason Schreyer. See David Roberts, "A chip off the old Schreyer", Globe and Mail, 1 May 1993, D2.
  6. ^ Ruth Teichrob, "Swelling rolls mean welfare budget up but recipients' income down", Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1993; Paul Samyn, "Security deposit changes planned", 23 June 1993.
  7. ^ Ruth Teichrob, "Abuse lawsuits urged", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1993 [child welfare]; Frances Russell, "Student aid crisis ignored", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1994 [education support]; Ruth Teichrob, "Independent probe of shelter sought", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1993.
  8. ^ Alice Krueger, "Phone tips net welfare cheats", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1994; Alice Krueger, "Taking aim at rural cheats", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1995.
  9. ^ Paul Samyn, "Plan ties kids to kin", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1994.
  10. ^ Treena Khan, "City plays hardball on welfare", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1995, A5.
  11. ^ David Roberts, "Single people on welfare target of Manitoba cutbacks", Globe and Mail, 13 March 1996, A6.
  12. ^ Nick Martin, "Parents tell NDP day-care shortage critical", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1999, A3.
  13. ^ "Mining task force sets meeting dates", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2002, A12.
  14. ^ Daniel Lett, "Picking cabinet Doer's next job", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 2003, A5.
  15. ^ "Doug speaks to his resolution on recognition of Ukrainian Famine/Genocide of 1932-33"[permanent dead link], Manitoba Hansard, accessed 27 February 2007.
  16. ^ "MLAs will help ensure fair election in Ukraine", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 2004, B16; "Winnipeggers in thick of Ukraine's vote", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 2004, A1.
  17. ^ "Burrows". Manitoba. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  18. ^ "NDP MLA trades politics for the pulpit". Winnipeg Free Press. April 2, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  19. ^ Stevens Wild, "Unions remember the past, vow to confront the future", Winnipeg Free Press.
  20. ^ Carol Sanders, "Visit to mosque opens eyes", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 2001, B4.

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