Robert Wagner Dowling

Robert Wagner Dowling (September 28, 1924 – March 4, 2019) was a provincial-level politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1969 to 1979 sitting as a member of the Progressive Conservative caucus. During his time in office he served a few different Cabinet portfolios in the government of Premier Peter Lougheed.

Robert Wagner Dowling
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byWilliam Switzer
Succeeded byIan Reid
Minister without portfolio responsible for Tourism
In office
September 10, 1971 – 1974
Preceded byRaymond Ratzlaff
Minister of Consumer Affairs
In office
1974 – March 1975
Succeeded byGraham Harle
Minister of Business Development and Tourism
In office
March 1975 – March 1979
Succeeded byAl Adair
Personal details
Born(1924-09-28)September 28, 1924
Camrose, Alberta
DiedMarch 4, 2019(2019-03-04) (aged 94)
Jasper, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Olga Louise Yewchin
ResidenceJasper, Alberta
Occupationpharmacist, politician
Military service
Branch/serviceRoyal Canadian Airforce
Years of service1942 - 1945

Early lifeEdit

Robert Wagner Dowling was born in Camrose, Alberta on September 28, 1924.[1] He is the son of Harold James Dowling and Emma Maude Wagner, and was educated in Camrose, at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Alberta. In 1952, he married Olga Louise Yewchin. Dowling served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945. Before entering politics, he was a pharmacist[1] and owned three drug stores and a patent medicine store.[2]

Political careerEdit

Dowling ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in a by-election held on October 28, 1969 in the electoral district of Edson. He won a hotly contested race defeating three other candidates including NDP leader Grant Notley to pick up the electoral district of the Progressive Conservative party who formed the official opposition at the time.[3]

Dowling ran for a second term in office a couple years later in the 1971 Alberta general election. He substantially increased his majority and was easily re-elected defeating two other candidates.[4] After the election Premier Peter Lougheed appointed Dowling to his first cabinet as a Minister without portfolio responsible for Tourism. He was shuffled to another portfolio in the middle of his term and became the Minister of Consumer Affairs.

Dowling ran for a third term in the 1975 Alberta general election, his first time standing for re-election with ministerial advantage. His popular vote dropped slightly, but he was re-elected easily as the opposition vote collapsed.[5]

After the election he was shuffled to a similar cabinet post as the first one he served. He became the Minister of Business Development and Tourism. He held that portfolio until he retired from provincial politics at dissolution of the assembly in 1979.

In 2000 Dowling was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal.[6] Dowling died in March 2019 at the age of 94.[7]


  1. ^ a b Normandin, P. G (1961). Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1961.
  2. ^ "Robert Dowling fonds". Archives Canada. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "By-elections 1905-1973". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  4. ^ "Edson results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "Edson results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "Centennial Recipients (Fairview - Zama)". Government of Alberta. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  7. ^ Robert DOWLING obituary

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