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Kelvin Goertzen (born June 12, 1969) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He is currently a member of the Manitoba legislature. June 12 is the 163rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (164th in leap years), with 202 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Official languages English and French, per mandate of the Constitution Act 1982 Flower Prairie Crocus Tree White Spruce Bird Great Grey Owl Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14... The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba is located in central Winnipeg, at the meeting point of the Wolseley and Fort Rouge ridings. ...


Early Life and Education

Kelvin Goertzen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but was raised in Steinbach, Manitoba. He attended public school in Steinbach and graduated High School from the Steinbach Regional Secondary School in June of 1987. Goertzen's father, Henry, passed away when Goertzen was only 11 years old and his mother, Anne, raised he and his sister Connie alone for a number of years before marrying Peter Wiens originally of Grunthal, Manitoba. Mr. Wiens, like Goertzen's father, was a long distance truck driver with Penner International Trucking of Steinbach. Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Location of Steinbach, Manitoba The Steinbach Millennium Clock Tower in downtown Steinbach Steinbach is a city of approximately 9,227 people (2001), located in the province of Manitoba, Canada. ... Grunthal is a small town in Manitoba located about 20 minutes west of Steinbach, and about 40 minutes south of Winnipeg. ...

Despite coming from a relatively poor financial background, Goertzen obtained a Bachelor of Arts,majoring in Economics, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law each from the University of Manitoba. While attending Robson Hall law school at the University of Manitoba, Goertzen was awarded more than a dozen academic prizes and was the schools top student during his second year of law studies. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... A Bachelor of Commerce is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a curriculum that generally lasts three years in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom or four years in North America and South Africa. ... The degree of Bachelor of Laws is the principal academic degree in law in most common law countries. ... The University of Manitoba (established in 1877) is one of four universities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first university ever established in Western Canada. ...

Community Involvement

Goertzen served for two years as the Vice-President of the Steinbach Arts Council and served as Vice-President of the Southeast Helping Hands Food Bank in Steinbach for seven years. He has been involved as a participant and fundraiser in a number of community related causes including the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum and the Steinbach Association for Community Living. He is currently a member of the South East Rotary Club.

Political Involvement

Goertzen became involved in political activities while attending High School originally serving as an early organizer for the Reform Party of Canada. In 1995 Goertzen was hired as an Intern at the Manitoba Legislature serving with the Progressive Conservative Caucus. Following the internship, he served in the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship and subsequently worked as an Executive Assistant to MLAs Jim Penner and Albert Driedger. Following the 2000 federal election, Goertzen also worked as an advisor to Provencher Member of Parliament Vic Toews and was a key local organizer for Toews in the 2000, 2004 and 2005 federal elections. Like Toews, Goertzen was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage. In 2003, he participated in a public protest against the legalization same-sex marriage in Canada. The Reform Party of Canada was a Canadian federal political party founded in 1987. ... In North America, an intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on education rather than merely employment, making it similar in some respects to an apprenticeship. ... Jim Penner (September 4, 1939-January 17, 2004) was a businessman and politician in Manitoba, Canada. ... Albert Driedger (born January 18, 1936) is a politician in Canada. ... Hon. ... Same-sex marriage is the union of two people who are of the same biological sex, or gender. ... Same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada by the Civil Marriage Act enacted on July 20, 2005. ...

Prior to seeking elected office himself, Goertzen also served as the President of the Steinbach Progressive Conservative Association, as a Regional Director on the Board of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party and as a member of the Management Committee of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party.

Elected Office

One week prior to the 2003 provincial election, Steinbach MLA Jim Penner announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and would not be seeking re-election. After the election was called a short nomination process occurred. Some critics suggested Goertzen's service as local association President gave him an advantage in the short nomination time frame. The sudden events had no impact on the election result, however. Steinbach is an extremely safe seat for the Progressive Conservatives, and Goertzen was elected with over 74% of its popular vote, despite the poor showing of PC candidates elsewhere in the province. Pancreatic cancer (also called cancer of the pancreas) is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ...

After his election to the Manitoba Legislature Goertzen was appointed his Party's Chief Justice Critic and in 2005 was also appointed Deputy House Leader. Goertzen quickly became one of the most vocal and effective representatives in the Legislature and is seen as a likely appointment for Cabinet when the Manitoba Progressive Conservative's again win government.

As Justice Critic, Goertzen has called for increased police resources, stronger laws against organized crime, electronic monitoring of sex offenders and a drug treatment court to assist individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol. In 2005-2006, Goertzen held a series of informational meetings across Manitoba about Crystal Meth and lobbied for new legislation to allow parents of drug addicted teenagers to place their children in drug treatment. The NDP government accepted that suggestion and legislation was passed June 13, 2006.

Goertzen was a strong supporter of Manitoba P.C. Leader Stuart Murray and refused to participate in internal Caucus dissent that ultimately led to the end of Murray's leadership in November of 2005. Stuart Murray (born November 24, 1954) is a Manitoba politician. ...

Goertzen was among the first MLA's to endorse the provincial P.C. leadership campaign of Hugh McFadyen who eventually won the leadership. McFadyen reappointed Goertzen as Justice Critic after his leadership election and also appointed him the Progressive Conservative House Leader. Goertzen was again nominated the provincial P.C. candidate for Steinbach on September 08, 2006. Hugh McFadyen (born 1967) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. ... In Canada each political party with representation in the House of Commons has a House Leader who is a front bench MP and an expert in parliamentary procedure. ...


Goertzen married Kimberley (Hiebert) originally from New Bothwell, Manitoba in 1997. They have one son, Malachi, who was born September 30, 2006. They are members of Southland Community Church [1], which has one of Western Canada's largest congregations at nearly 2000 per week. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Goertzen has published several articles related to law and politics including in the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law (Volume 3- 2003) and Underneath the Golden Boy (Volume 3-2004).


Goertzen was the youngest MLA ever elected in the Steinbach Constituency at the age of 33.

Goertzen was the first Manitoba Legislative Intern to ever be elected to the Manitoba Legislature.

External links

Kelvin Goertzen Website: www.kelvingoertzen.com [2]

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Kelvin Goertzen (born June 12, 1969) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada.
Goertzen has Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Manitoba.
Goertzen was appointed Justice Critic after the 2003 election and Deputy House Leader in October 2005.
Kelvin Goertzen - winnipedia.ca (356 words)
Kelvin Goertzen (born June 12, 1969) is currently the PC member of the Manitoba legislature for the Steinbach area.
Goertzen has Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Manitoba.
Goertzen was appointed Justice Critic after the 2003 election and also Deputy House Leader in October 2005.
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