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  Dufferin Roblin - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Known as "Duff," he served as Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967, and was subsequently a federal cabinet minister in the government of Brian Mulroney.
Roblin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was educated at the University of Manitoba and the University of Chicago.
Roblin was a part of the latter group, and was elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1949 as an Independent Progressive Conservative opposing the coalition.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Duff_Roblin   (908 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Duff Roblin
Roblin resigned in 1967 to run for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.
In 1974, Roblin ran for the House of Commons in the Ontario riding of Peterborough.
Following Brian Mulroney's landslide victory in 1984, Roblin was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate, and served in Mulroney's cabinet until June 29, 1986.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Duff-Roblin   (1000 words)

 DEPARTMENT - Ranticles: “There but for the grace of Duff Roblin…” : Legends Magazine, Issue 156
From 1958-1967, Duff Roblin was Premier of Manitoba (analagous to Governor of a State).
Duff Roblin admitted in his notes that he was more left wing than the Douglas Campbell Liberals of the time).
Duff Roblin fought to protect the city of Winnipeg with an audacious and colossal project know as the Red River Floodway.
www.legendsmagazine.net /156/duffrobl.htm   (510 words)

 Roblin, Dufferin
Roblin, Dufferin, businessman, politician, premier of Manitoba 1958-67 (b at Winnipeg 17 June 1917).
In Sept 1984 Roblin was appointed to the MULRONEY Cabinet as government house leader in the Senate.
Roblin is significant as an exponent of classic conservatism, in the John A. tradition, advocating an active government role in social reform.
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0006888   (193 words)

 tScholars.com | Dufferin Roblin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Dufferin Roblin, PC, CC, OM, LL.D, DCL (born June 17, 1917) is a Canadian businessman and politician.
Known as "Duff," he served as Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967, He was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Roblin was a part of the latter group, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in 1949 as an "Independent Progressive Conservative" opposing the coalition.
www.tscholars.com /encyclopedia/Dufferin_Roblin   (985 words)

 MHS Transactions: The Dissolution of the Coalition: Roblin's Rise to Leadership
Roblin and CCF leader Lloyd Stinson led opposition attacks on the gerrymandering of election boundaries and the continuing ban on coloured margarine.
Roblin, by his vigorous oratory and his obvious potential as a winning politician must be credited with helping to end the coalition, but his view that it had to be ended to establish a satisfactory standard in provincial services was not shared by the majority of Manitoba Conservatives.
Duff Roblin was to succeed in making over the province, but he had no such impression on his own party.
www.mhs.mb.ca /docs/transactions/3/roblinsrise.shtml   (3409 words)

 ipedia.com: Dufferin Roblin Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Dufferin Roblin (born 1917) is a Canadian businessman and politician.
Roblin's government also improved postsecondary education and promoted urban development by consolidating the municipalities in the Winnipeg area into a single metorpolitan entity.
Roblin was appointed to the Senate in 1978, and served as Leader of the Government in the Senate from 1984 to 1986 which also gave him a seat at the Mulroney cabinet.
www.ipedia.com /dufferin_roblin.html   (249 words)

 Manitoba History: Review: Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits
And in considering Roblin’s book in the context of his wider political significance, I too must enter a disclaimer: I have known Duff Roblin for many years and had the opportunity to read his memoir in manuscript.
Roblin is, after all, highly discreet, and one historian has expressed to me some disappointment with the book on that account.
Roblin’s early political career largely coincides with the beginning of the modern era in Manitoba government and politics.
www.mhs.mb.ca /docs/mb_history/40/speakingformyself.shtml   (2296 words)

 1968   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
After this flood, Premier Duff Roblin decided that some protection was needed to prevent this kind of destruction in the future.
The construction left such a mark in the earth that "Duff's Ditch", as it is referred to, was visible to the Apollo Astronauts on the moon.
In 1950, the only other idea that Duff Roblin had for protecting Winnipeg was to build a big dike on the 49th parallel to send all the flood water back to Minneapolis, seeing as that's where all the flood water comes from.
timelinks.merlin.mb.ca /ourcommunity/History/1968.htm   (714 words)

 Rivers of Canada: Red River - Duff's ditch
In a campaign won partly on the promise of building flood protection, Duff Roblin was elected premier of Manitoba in 1958.
Duff's Ditch was in service by spring of 1969.
The overflow of the Red River in 1969 was equal to that of 1950 in severity, but Duff's Ditch protected every basement in Winnipeg from a single drop of floodwater.
www.rcgs.org /ccge/english/Resources/rivers/tr_rivers_RRduffsDitch.asp   (320 words)

The politicians all paid homage to Roblin, whose idea to build the floodway in the 1950s was criticized as ridiculous and unnecessary.
Roblin, a little more frail and a lot more removed from the planning than he was five decades ago, said it cost $63 million to build the original floodway, and joked that there has been a "truly satisfactory" return on the investment.
Roblin said it is gratifying to see the politicians working together this time.
www.prairiepublic.org /features/riverwatch/news/winnipeg_press/09_24_05.html   (662 words)

 A 'sunshine budget' for a soggy season - Friendly Rivalries: Manitoba Elections, 1966-1999 - CBC Archives
With river levels threatening to rise, Premier Duff Roblin is inspecting the dikes to ensure they can withstand the deluge.
He was premier for 15 years; Duff Roblin, another conservative, was his grandson.
Roblin's greatest legacy in Manitoba is probably the Winnipeg Floodway, affectionately nicknamed "Duff's Ditch." Determined that the city would never again face the devastation wrought by the great flood of 1950, Roblin championed the diversion project when he became premier.
archives.cbc.ca /IDC-1-73-2354-13641/politics_economy/mb_elections/clip1   (744 words)

 Parks - Find your Favourite Park
Educated at the universities of Manitoba and Chicago, Roblin served overseas with the Royal Canadian Airforce, retiring in 1946 as Wing Commander.
Re-elected in 1959, 1962, and 1966, Roblin resigned as premier in 1967 to contest, unsuccessfully, the national Progressive Conservative Party leadership.
Duff Roblin and son on bulldozer at the start of work on the Floodway, 1962
www.gov.mb.ca /conservation/parks/popular_parks/duff_roblin/info.html   (916 words)

 The Manitoban Online
Look around: most of the buildings of the U of M were built in the late ’60s and early ’70s by then-premier Duff Roblin.
University College, Fletcher Argue, and the eponymous Duff Roblin psychology and zoology building — some of the nicest buildings on campus — were all part of Roblin’s vision for the university, a vision that’s remembered to this day.
Roblin boasted at the time that most of his expenditures were financed directly from the provincial budget, though he borrowed to invest in the province’s future.
www.themanitoban.com /2006-2007/1101/118.What.promise.php   (354 words)

 Duff's Ditch is completed - "On This Day" - CBC Archives
With a big blast from an overhead water bomber, the Winnipeg Floodway known as "Duff's Ditch" is christened and officially unveiled to the public.
The water diversion project is 47 kilometres long, as wide as the Red River, six years in the making, and cost $63 million.
Some critics of the project argued that the construction was both exorbitant and impractical.
archives.cbc.ca /IDC-1-75-167-790-10/on_this_day/science_technology/duffs_ditch   (160 words)

 Floodway Expansion
Making misleading comments about what occurred under the Roblin administration is nothing more than a desperate attempt by Gary Doer to deflect attention from his pathetic ‘forced unionization’ scheme for the floodway, Official Opposition Leader Stuart Murray said today.
Well, the reality is that Duff didn’t need a PLA to build the floodway, such an agreement is not acceptable to us, and by the public’s reaction so far – it’s definitely not acceptable to the majority of Manitobans either,” he said.
Murray said the Hydro projects that Doer refers to that had labour agreements were not implemented by the Roblin government, they were a Crown Corporation decision that addressed specific circumstances that simply do not exist for the floodway project.
www.manpc.mb.ca /LinkClick.aspx?link=845&mid=1508   (494 words)

 The Winnipeg Floodway - Red River Rising: Manitoba Floods - CBC Archives
This CBC TV retrospective on the floodway begins with Roblin remembering the spring of 1950.
On CBC TV in 1962, Duff Roblin breaks the sod at the construction site with his young son in tow.
In 1959, he tabled a proposal at the legislature for the construction of the floodway.
archives.cbc.ca /IDC-1-70-670-3785/disasters_tragedies/manitoba_floods/clip3   (655 words)

 UofM: Department of Political Studies - Duff Roblin Fellowship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
However, upon satisfactory performance in the year of receipt of this fellowship, the Duff Robin Fellow qualifies for a renewal of the award.
In the case that a recipient's award is renewed, another first-time recipient may be selected in that year.
The recipient of this award will normally be supervised by the Duff Roblin Professor.
www.umanitoba.ca /faculties/arts/political_studies/awards/roblinfell.html   (275 words)

 An Ancestor Table for the Hon. Duff Roblin, Premier of Manitoba   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Loyalist lines of the Roblins can in a few cases be readily extended back to the Colonial periods of Massachusetts or New York, bringing in some well-known families with interesting connections, whereas other lines are more elusive and are not treated in any secondary literature which has come to hand.
In 1881 Roblin, then called a merchant, is found at Dufferin, Manitoba, with his wife and their eldest child, Wilfrid.
It is unclear whether the name of Philip Roblin of the township of Adolphustown which appears in a sort of census made in late 1796 relates to the present man, or is a posthumous reference to his father.
cybrary.uwinnipeg.ca /people/Dobson/Manitobiana/archive/001.html   (10345 words)

 CBC News - Viewpoint: Larry Zolf
I demurred, saying that Roblin was a Tory and I was a socialist.
It was a short interview with a drinker at a bar who praised Roblin as "the best f-- premier Manitoba had ever f-- had in its f-- history." Camp laughed himself silly, saying it's a pity we can't use it because of the F word.
Roblin shunned Camp like a leper, leaving Camp with Stanfield, but Camp had read Diefenbaker as being under 200 votes and right out of the picture.
www.cbc.ca /news/viewpoint/vp_zolf/20031018.html   (1319 words)

 Winnipeg 411 - History & Facts - The 50s, 60s, & 70s
The city soon fell under the leadership of Steve Juba (from 1956-77) while the province was led by Duff Roblin, beginning in 1958.
Duff Roblin, the grandson of Sir Rodmond Roblin, was the target of ridicule for his plan for a 40-km flood channel around the city.
Today "Duff's Ditch" is often hailed as the city's saviour.
www.winnipeg411.com /history/indepth/50s60s   (431 words)

 Weir, Walter C.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
He served consecutively as minister of municipal affairs and then as minister of highways under Duff ROBLIN.
Of great personal charm, he was popular among his caucus and Cabinet colleagues, and their support enabled him to secure the party leadership in 1967.
More conservative than his predecessor, Weir braked the pace of reform established by Roblin.
www.canadianencyclopedia.ca /PrinterFriendly.cfm?Params=A1ARTA0008516   (192 words)

He reveals his formative years living in the shadow of his famous grandfather, Premier Rodmond P. Roblin, as well as his own distinguished political career, ranging from back bencher to premier to senator.
He includes, of course, his most famous achievement, the building of "Duff's Ditch," the Red River Floodway, and also comments on many famous political figures he encountered along the way.
Duff Roblin was Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967, and is responsible for the construction the Red River Floodway, known locally as "Duff's Ditch," which has repeatedly saved Winnipeg from flooding since its completion in 1968.
www.greatplains.mb.ca /?pageID=browse&titleID=47&imprintID=4   (281 words)

 Health Sciences Centre Laureate of Excellence
Roblin’s government introduced the province’s first medical insurance plan, restored the use of French in Manitoba schools and increased opportunities for post-secondary education.
In 1978, Duff Roblin was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Roblin’s memoir of his years in public life Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits was published.
www.hscfoundation.mb.ca /laureate.asp   (1737 words)

Work began in 1962 and it was completed six years later after moving 100 million cubic metres of dirt, diverting the Seine River underneath the floodway and relocating or building bridges and rail lines, as well as hydro, oil, gas and other transmission lines, including the city aqueduct.
Davidson said the International Association of Macro-Engineering Societies gave Roblin a special award in 2000 in recognition of the significance of the project.
The original construction project didn't require an environmental licence, but Roblin said public hearings were held.
www.prairiepublic.org /features/riverwatch/news/winnipeg_press/03_07_05.html   (528 words)

 Let Us Run The Race With Perseverance
His political opponents "ate him alive", all the while ridiculing his project as "Duff's Ditch".
It so happens that Duff's Ditch has spared the city of Winnipeg colossal damage on at least ten occasions.
Roblin paid a very high price for his perseverance.
www.victorshepherd.on.ca /Sermons/a_confirmation_sermon.htm   (1538 words)

 Satellite Impressions, Map Poster of the City of Winnipeg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Construction of the Greater Winnipeg (Red River) Floodway was completed in 1967 and Duff Roblin suffered much ridicule for his proposed 40 km channel to divert potential floodwaters from the city.
Thanks to "Duff's Ditch" (and countless other people) the floodwaters of 1997 didn't effect Winnipeg nearly as much as possible had there been no defense.
In this image, where highway 59 crosses the floodway, only a thin stream of water is visible at the bottom of the ditch.
www.satelliteimpressions.com /winfloodway.html   (201 words)

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