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]

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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