Call Number: Mss 35 (A.80-11)
Title: Gordon Ritchie fonds.
Extent: 3.7 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Gordon Ritchie was born in Dauphin, Manitoba in 1918. He attended Mountview school, Dauphin Collegiate, and Manitoba Medical College. He practiced medicine in Dauphin and throughout the Swan River valley for several years before entering the political arena in 1968. He ran for the Progressive Conservative Party and was elected with an 1,800 vote plurality and again with larger pluralities in 1972 and 1974. Ritchie was very active in parliament as a critic of government policies, particularly in tax reform and unemployment insurance. He sided with several conservative causes and even opposed his own party's support for various aspects of bilingualism. Following his political career, he returned to Dauphin to continue his medical practice.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Gordon Ritchie in 1980.
Scope and content: The fonds consists entirely of office files Gordon Ritchie generated as a Member of Parliament from 1968 until 1979. Included are his speeches and parliamentary reports through the years which provide a strong sense of his politics, views, and philosophies. His constituency files provide the researcher with a fairly good perspective on the attitudes and concerns of western Manitobans throughout these years.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below: