Peter Dyck

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For the Canadian Mennonite relief worker and pastor, see Peter J. Dyck.

Peter George Dyck is a former politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Manitoba legislature from 1995 to 2011.[1]

Before entering provincial politics, Dyck was a public school music teacher (one of his students was Loreena McKennitt).[2] He also served on the board of directors for the Winkler Credit Union for seventeen years[3] (as President for five), and was a member of the Garden Valley School Division board from 1978 to 1995 (as chair for ten). Dyck is also the owner and operator of a grains and special crops farm, with a cattle feedlot.[4]

Dyck was first elected in the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1995, running as a candidate of the governing Progressive Conservatives in the rural, southern riding of Pembina. This riding is known to be extremely safe for the Progressive Conservatives, and Dyck defeated his leading opponent, Liberal Walter Hoeppner, by about 2500 votes.[5] He was not appointed to Gary Filmon's cabinet, but served as legislative assistant to the Minister of Education and Training.

Dyck was easily re-elected in the 1999 election,[5] despite the fact that the Progressive Conservatives were defeated by the New Democratic Party under Gary Doer. He was appointed Caucus Chair following the election.[6]

Dyck received over 76% of his riding's popular vote in the 2003 election,[5] despite the poor showing of the Progressive Conservative Party elsewhere in the province. He was returned again in the 2007 provincial election. He did not run for reelection in 2011.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. 
  2. ^ "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. April 28, 2003. 
  3. ^ Radford, Don (November 24, 2010). "Dyck won't seek fifth term as MLA". Winkler Times. 
  4. ^ O'Handley, Kathryn. Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1998-1999. ISBN 0-7876-3558-8. 
  5. ^ a b c "Pembina". Manitoba Votes 2003. CBC News. 
  6. ^ Radford, Don (November 19, 2010). "Peter George leaving politics". Winkler Times.