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Encyclopedia > Francis Bud Jobin

Francis Lawrence Jobin (August 14, 1914-August 25, 1995) was a Manitoba politician and Lieutenant Governor.

Jobin from born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was educated at the University of Manitoba. He subsequently moved to Flin Flon, in the northern part of the province.

Jobin was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1949, as a Liberal supporting Premier Douglas Campbell. Running in The Pas, he easily defeated Independent incumbent Beresford Richards, who opposed the governing Liberal-Conservative coalition.

Jobin was re-elected in 1953, easily defeating opponents from the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and Social Credit. On July 6, 1956, he was sworn in as Railway Commissioner in the Campbell government. Provincial CCF leader Lloyd Stinson would later refer to Jobin as Campbell's only labour-oriented minister.

Campbell's Liberals were defeated by Dufferin Roblin's Progressive Conservatives in 1958, though Jobin was able to retain the redistributed riding of Flin Flon. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative Charles Witney the following year, however, as Roblin's Tories won a majority government.

When Campbell resigned as Manitoba Liberal Party leader in 1961, Jobin was one of four candidates who sought to replace him. He was accused by some of representing "radical" elements within the party, though he denied this, using his friendship with the arch-conservative Campbell as evidence. Jobin was a somewhat marginal candidate, however, and received only 79 votes (as against 475 for the winner, Gildas Molgat).

Jobin ran as a Liberal in the sprawling northern riding of Churchill in the federal election of 1962, but finished a distant second against Progressive Conservative Robert Simpson. In early 1963, he lost a deferred provincial election in Churchill to Progressive Conservative Gordon Beard, albeit by a relatively close margin. In again lost to Simpson in the federal election of 1965.

Jobin was elected to the Flin Flon Municipal Council in 1966. He made another bid for the provincial legislature in 1969, this time finishing third against Witney and the successful New Democratic candidate, Thomas Barrow.

Jobin received a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society in 1970, and continued his work on the municipal council. In October 1974, he was elected Mayor of Flin Flon.

On March 15, 1976, Jobin was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, serving in this position until October 23, 1981.

He died on August 25, 1995.



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