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Ron Duhamel


Ron Duhamel

Ronald J. Duhamel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint Boniface
In office
Preceded by Léo Duguay
Succeeded by Raymond Simard
Senator for Manitoba, Manitoba
In office
January 15, 2002 – September 30, 2002
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Personal details
Born (1938-03-02)March 2, 1938
Saint Boniface, Manitoba
Died September 30, 2002(2002-09-30) (aged 64)
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Minister of Veterans Affairs (2000–2002)
Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification) (Francophonie) (1999–2002)
Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development) (Western Economic Diversification) (1997–1999)
Portfolio Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (1994–1996)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services) (1993–1994)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (Public Works and Government Services) (1993–1994)

Ronald J. Duhamel, PC (March 2, 1938 – September 30, 2002) was a Canadian Member of Parliament and Senator.

Born in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Lakehead University and a Master of Arts (MA) and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He was a teacher, school principal, professor at the University of Manitoba, assistant deputy minister of education, and deputy minister of education in Manitoba. In 1987, he was awarded the Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor's Medal in Public Administration.

He was elected as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Saint Boniface in the 1988 federal election. He was re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000. Duhamel was wildly popular in the riding and never won an election with less than 50% of the vote, winning each of his elections by 52%, 63%, 51% and 52%.

In 2000, Duhamel was appointed to the federal Cabinet by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the portfolio of Veterans Affairs, a post he held until 2002. Other posts he held include Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services), Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development), Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification), and Secretary of State (Francophonie).

He was appointed to the Senate on January 15, 2002 representing the senatorial division of Manitoba. After a long battle with cancer, he died on September 30, 2002.

He married Carolyn and had three daughters; Kathie, Natalie and Karine.


  • Ron Duhamel – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Debates of the Senate (Hansard), 2nd Session, 37th Parliament, Volume 140, Issue 3

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Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
George Baker Minister of Veterans Affairs
Rey Pagtakhan
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Secretary of State (La Francophonie)
Denis Paradis
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