Robert Bockstael

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Robert Bockstael
Member of Parliament
for Saint Boniface
In office
Preceded by Jack Hare
Succeeded by Léo Duguay
Personal details
Born (1923-02-15)15 February 1923
Saint Boniface, Manitoba
Died 28 June 2017(2017-06-28) (aged 94)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Marietta bockstael (nee Boone)
Profession businessman

Robert Theodore Bockstael (15 February 1923 – 28 June 2017) was a Liberal party member of the House of Commons of Canada. A businessman by career, he was the longtime manager of Bockstael Construction in Winnipeg until his entry into politics;[1] the firm is still in operation today under the management of Bockstael's son John.[1]

Bockstael initially attempted to enter national politics in a 16 October 1978 by-election at Manitoba's Saint Boniface electoral district but was defeated by Jack Hare of the Progressive Conservative party. Months later in the 1979 general election, he won the riding from Hare. After re-election in 1980 federal election, he was defeated in the 1984 federal election by Léo Duguay of the Progressive Conservatives and left federal politics after that. Bockstael served in the 31st and 32nd Canadian Parliaments.

His nephew, also named Robert Bockstael, is a noted actor.


  1. ^ a b "Bockstael Construction of Winnipeg celebrates 100 years". Daily Commercial News, 18 April 2012.

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