|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
|Preceded by||William Chornopyski|
|Succeeded by||Melanie Wight|
|Born||May 25, 1947
|Political party||New Democrat|
Early life and career
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). 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.
In 1973, he married Carol Wachniak. The couple has two children.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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". In 1999, he and fellow NDP MLA Diane McGifford organized consultative meetings of parents and day-care providers.
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. There was some speculation that he would be appointed to cabinet after his re-election in 2003, but this did not occur.
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. He was an international observer to the Ukrainian presidential election in December 2004.
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.
- Martindale played the role of J.S. Woodsworth during a 1994 commemoration of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.
- Since 2001, Martindale has taken part in a challenge organized by Evangelicals for Social Action to fast and pray during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He has called for greater dialogue between Christian and Muslim groups.
|Manitoba general election, 2007: Burrows|
|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|
|Total valid votes||5,357||100.00|
|Rejected and declined ballots||29|
|Electors on the lists||10,747|
|Manitoba general election, 2003: Burrows|
|New Democratic||Doug Martindale||4,004||69.01||+2.67||$14,056.29|
|Progressive Conservative||Derek Lambert||423||7.29||−2.03||$0.00|
|Total valid votes||5,802||100.00|
|Rejected and declined ballots||31|
|Electors on the lists||11,636|
|Manitoba general election, 1999: Burrows|
|New Democratic||Doug Martindale||5,151||66.34||$21,056.00|
|Progressive Conservative||Cheryl Clark||724||9.32||$11,879.28|
|Total valid votes||7,765||100.00|
|Rejected and declined ballots||55|
|Electors on the lists||11,916|
|Manitoba general election, 1995: Burrows|
|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|
|Total valid votes||7,038||100.00|
|Rejected and declined ballots||58|
|Electors on the lists||11,104|
|Manitoba general election, 1990: Burrows|
|New Democratic||Doug Martindale||4,206||54.34|
|Progressive Conservative||Chris Aune||1,478||19.10|
|Total valid votes||7,740||100.00|
|Electors on lists||11,619|
|Manitoba general election, 1988: Burrows|
|New Democratic||Doug Martindale||3,005||40.79|
|Progressive Conservative||Allan Yap||1,040||14.12|
|Total valid votes||7,367||100.00|
|Electors on lists||11,222|
All electoral information is taken from Elections Manitoba. Expenditures refer to candidate expenses.
- "Loser in riding fight seeks NDP leadership", Globe and Mail, 28 March 1988, A4. The article title refers to Conrad Santos.
- Biography: Doug Martindale Archived January 18, 2005, at the Wayback Machine., New Democratic Party of Manitoba, accessed 27 February 2007.
- Leah Janzen, "$1.1M handed out for city's homeless", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 2004, B8.
- "Rev. Doug Martindale". Association for Manitoba Archives. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Paul Samyn, "Plan ties kids to kin", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1994.
- Treena Khan, "City plays hardball on welfare", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1995, A5.
- David Roberts, "Single people on welfare target of Manitoba cutbacks", Globe and Mail, 13 March 1996, A6.
- Nick Martin, "Parents tell NDP day-care shortage critical", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1999, A3.
- "Mining task force sets meeting dates", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2002, A12.
- Daniel Lett, "Picking cabinet Doer's next job", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 2003, A5.
- "Doug speaks to his resolution on recognition of Ukrainian Famine/Genocide of 1932-33"[permanent dead link], Manitoba Hansard, accessed 27 February 2007.
- "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.
- "Burrows". Manitoba. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "NDP MLA trades politics for the pulpit". Winnipeg Free Press. April 2, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- Stevens Wild, "Unions remember the past, vow to confront the future", Winnipeg Free Press.
- Carol Sanders, "Visit to mosque opens eyes", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 2001, B4.