Maureen Hemphill

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Maureen Lucille Hemphill (born January 26, 1937) was a Manitoba politician. She served in the cabinet of NDP Premier Howard Pawley,[1] and was an unsuccessful candidate for the party's leadership in 1988.

She was born Maureen Lucille Miller, the daughter of James Leroy Miller and Elaine Agnes McParlor, in Grand Forks, British Columbia, and was educated at Bralorne. She served on the Assiniboine South School Board[2] in 1969, 1970 and 1973.[3] She married H. David Hemphill but they had divorced by the 1980s.[4]

Hemphill first ran for the provincial legislature in 1977, in the southwest Winnipeg riding of Charleswood. She was defeated by Progressive Conservative leader Sterling Lyon, whose party defeated Edward Schreyer's New Democratic Party to win the election.[5]

The Manitoba NDP regained power under Howard Pawley in 1981, and Hemphill was easily elected for the north Winnipeg riding of Logan (former Mayor Steve Juba was a distant second). Hemphill was appointed Minister of Education[6] on November 30, 1981,[7] and retained this position for the entirety of the Pawley government's first mandate. She increased state support for private and parochial schools while holding this portfolio, despite the NDP's historical objections to such funding.

Hemphill was re-elected without difficulty in 1986 (defeating future Liberal MLA Kevin Lamoureux), and was appointed Minister of Business Development and Tourism on April 17, 1986. On September 21, 1987, a cabinet shuffle made her the Minister of Community Services.[8]

When the Pawley government lost a parliamentary vote of non-confidence in 1988, Hemphill was one of four candidates to become the party's new leader.[8] She placed fourth on the first ballot, and gave her support to third-place candidate Andy Anstett, who was eliminated on the second ballot.

Hemphill was again re-elected in 1988, albeit by a reduced margin. She was not a candidate in 1990.[1]

In 1993, Hemphill ran for the national New Democratic Party in the riding of Winnipeg North Centre, but placed second to incumbent Liberal David Walker.[9]


  1. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ Normandin, Pierre G (1984). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  3. ^ "WCPI search results". University of Winnipeg. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  4. ^ "David Hemphill". Winnipeg Free Press. September 4, 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Charleswood". Manitoba. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ Levin, Benjamin (2005). Governing education. U of Toronto P. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-8020-8622-8. 
  7. ^ Levin, B. (1988). Managing change under restraint: post-secondary education reform in Manitoba. Student's manual. Institute of Public Administration of Canada. ISBN 978-0-919696-87-7. 
  8. ^ a b "4 seek leadership of Manitoba NDP". Toronto Star. 16 March 1988. p. A27. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Winnipeg North Centre, Manitoba (1924 - 1996)". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2014-03-22.