Eric Winkler

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Eric Winkler
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Farquhar Oliver
Succeeded by Bob McKessock
Constituency Grey South[note 1]
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Grey—Bruce
In office
Preceded by Walter Harris
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Personal details
Born (1920-02-13)February 13, 1920
Hanover, Ontario
Died March 18, 1995(1995-03-18) (aged 75)
Hanover, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Frances Winkler
Children 4
Occupation Retail merchant
Military service
Allegiance Canadian
Service/branch RCAF
Years of service 1940-1946
Rank Flying officer
Unit Bomber Command

Eric Alfred Winkler (February 13, 1920 – March 18, 1995) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1957 to 1967 who represented the riding of Grey—Bruce. He was also a member of provincial parliament from 1967 to 1975 who represented the riding of Grey South. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of Bill Davis.


Born in Hanover, Ontario, he worked in a local furniture factory before joining the RCAF. He served as a flying officer during World War II, flying missions over Europe when he was shot down in 1942. He survived but was held as a prisoner of war until 1945 his release in 1945.[1] When the war ended, he came home and opened Winkler Brothers Menswear. He and his wife Frances raised two sons and two daughters.[1]

Municipal politics[edit]

In 1946, he was elected as an alderman for the city of Hanover and was elected mayor in 1948.[1]

Federal politics[edit]

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Grey—Bruce in the 1957 federal election. A Progressive Conservative, he was re-elected in 1958, 1962, 1963, and 1965. From 1963 to 1967, he was the Chief Opposition Whip.

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1967, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the riding of Grey South.[2] When Bill Davis became Premier in March 1971 he named Winkler as Minister of Revenue to his new cabinet.[3]

He was re-elected during the fall election in 1971.[4] Early in 1972, he was named Minister of Financial and Commercial Affairs.[5] In the fall of 1972 a minor cabinet shuffle saw Winkler moved to Chair of Management Board where he stayed for the next three years.[6]

In the fall election in 1975 he was defeated for by Liberal candidate Bob McKessock by 298 votes.[7]

Cabinet posts[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Bill Davis
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Charles MacNaughton Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet
James Auld
Gordon Carton Minister of Financial and Commercial Affairs[note 2]
1972 (February–September)
John Clement
John White Minister of Revenue
Arthur Meen

Later life[edit]

He served as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission in the 1980s.[8] He died at home after a long illness. He was 75.[1]



  1. ^ Riding renamed to Grey in 1974.
  2. ^ The ministry was renamed as Consumer and Commercial Relations in April 1972.


  1. ^ a b c d "Politician served at three levels: Winkler, Eric". The Globe and Mail. March 21, 1995. p. A16. 
  2. ^ Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but.." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  3. ^ Manthorpe, Jonathan; Slinger, John (March 2, 1971). "Changes in policies promised: Davis priorities to include environment and jobless". The Globe and Mail. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "The Cabinet for Ontario". The Globe and Mail. February 3, 1972. p. 4. 
  6. ^ Manthorpe, Jonathan (September 29, 1972). "Davis names two as super-ministers, 4 to Cabinet posts". The Globe and Mail. pp. 1, 4. 
  7. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  8. ^ "Veteran Tory Eric Winkler served as MPP and in Ottawa". Toronto Star. March 21, 1995. p. A5. 

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