Warren Steen

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Warren Steen (July 22, 1940[1] in Winnipeg, Manitoba – August 19, 2009) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1975 to 1986, as a Progressive Conservative.[1]

Biography[edit]

The son of Manley Steen,[2] he was educated at the University of Winnipeg. Steen was executive assistant for Manitoba Minister of Agriculture George Hutton from 1962 to 1963.[3] He served as an alderman in the old city of Winnipeg from 1970 to 1971, and as a Councillor in the amalgamated city from 1971 to 1975.[2]

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in a 1975 by-election in the central Winnipeg riding of Crescentwood,[1] defeating Liberal leader Charles Huband[3] by 169 votes (the former MLA, New Democrat Harvey Patterson, finished third). Two years later, in the general election of 1977, he retained the seat against New Democrat Muriel Smith by 72 votes, with Huband dropping to third place. The Progressive Conservatives won this election, although Steen was not called to join the cabinet of Premier Sterling Lyon.

The Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the 1981 election, although ironically Steen was re-elected in the riding of River Heights by an increased majority. He retained his seat until the 1986 provincial election, when he was defeated by new Liberal leader Sharon Carstairs[4] (it may be noted that this was the only seat won by the Liberal Party in this election). He did not attempt a return to provincial politics after this time.

After leaving politics, Steen worked in the insurance industry[2] as a life underwriter.[5]

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 69.[2]

His brother Robert was also a member of the Manitoba assembly and served as Winnipeg mayor.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Warren Steen". Winnipeg Free Press. August 9, 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of Winnipeg. September 28, 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Manitoba Votes 2007:Riding Profiles River Heights". CBC.ca. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Warren J. Steen (1940-2009)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-01-16.