Warner Herbert Jorgenson (26 March 1918 – 30 July 2005) was a Canadian politician in Manitoba. He served as a Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1957 to 1968, and as a Progressive Conservative member of the Manitoba Legislature from 1969 to 1981. From 1977 to 1981, he was a cabinet minister in the provincial government of Sterling Lyon.
Warner Herbert Jorgenson
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
June 1957 – April 1968
|Preceded by||René Jutras|
|Succeeded by||Mark Smerchanski|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Morris|
|Preceded by||Harry Shewman|
|Succeeded by||Clayton Manness|
|Born||26 March 1918|
|Died||30 July 2005 (aged 87)|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba|
|Spouse||Corrine Ansell ("Pat")|
|Cabinet||Minister of Government Services and Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (1981)|
Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1979–1981)
Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1978–1979)
Minister responsible for Rent Stabilization Board (1978–1981)
Minister responsible for Office of Superintendent of Insurance (1978–1981)
Government House Leader (1977–1979)
Minister Without Portfolio (1977–1978)
Born in Canora, Saskatchewan, the son of George Jorgenson and Hilma Naslund, Jorgenson attended school at Ste-Elizabeth, Manitoba and Dominion City, Manitoba before becoming a farmer at Ste-Elizabeth.
Jorgenson served overseas with the Canadian Army from 1940 to 1946, and worked as a farmer on returning to Canada. He also served as President of the Riverview Golf and Country Club, and was an Honorary President of the Valley Agricultural Society.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in the general election of 1957, defeating longtime Liberal MP Rene Jutras by 250 votes in the southeastern Manitoba riding of Provencher. In the election of 1958, he was re-elected by a greater margin over Liberal Rene Prefontaine. He was not called to join John Diefenbaker's cabinet, but became parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Agriculture in 1960.
Jorgenson was re-elected in the election of 1962 and the election of 1963, defeating Liberal Stan Roberts on both occasions. In the 1965 election, he defeated Liberal Gordon Barkman by about 1,000 votes. He was defeated in the 1968 election by Mark Smerchanski, a leading organizer in the provincial Liberal party.
Jorgenson then shifted to provincial politics, and was easily elected for the rural riding of Morris in the 1969 by-election. He did not serve in the cabinet of Walter Weir. He was easily re-elected in the provincial election of 1969, despite the Tories losing power to the NDP.
Jorgenson was again re-elected without difficulty in the election of 1973 and the election of 1977. The Tories regained power under Sterling Lyon on the latter occasion, and Jorgenson was called into cabinet on 24 October 1977 as government House Leader and Minister without Portfolio. On 20 October 1978, he was promoted to Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs with responsibility for the Rent Stabilization Board and the Office of Superintendent for Insurance. Following a cabinet shuffle on 16 January 1981, he was named Minister of Government Services with responsibility for the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation. He was known in the legislature as an aggressive debater.
He was not a candidate in the 1981 election, and did not seek public office again.
|MorrisManitoba provincial by-election, February 20, 1969:|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||2,146||65.77||$966.85|
|New Democratic||William T. Loftus||276||8.46||$770.61|
|Total valid votes||3,263||100|
|Rejected and discarded votes||17|
|Electors on the lists||5,284|
|1968 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||7,791||36.0||-12.1|
|New Democratic||Harry Blake-Knox||3,078||14.2||+10.2|
|Social Credit||Lorne Reznowski||1,773||8.2||-0.7|
|Total valid votes||21,663||100.0|
|1965 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||6,470||48.1||+2.0|
|Social Credit||Wilbert J. Tinkler||1,195||8.9||-8.3|
|New Democratic||Francis Clement Anderson||542||4.0||–|
|Total valid votes||13,450||100.0|
|1963 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||6,729||46.1||+2.6|
|Liberal||Stan C. Roberts||5,351||36.7||-0.4|
|Social Credit||Elie J. Dorge||2,512||17.2||-0.3|
|Total valid votes||14,592||100.0|
|1962 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||6,214||43.5||-11.0|
|Liberal||Stan C. Roberts||5,290||37.1||+2.4|
|Social Credit||John P. Loewen||2,504||17.5||+8.6|
|New Democratic||Peter Kruszelnicki||263||1.8||0.0|
|Total valid votes||14,271||100.0|
Note: NDP vote is compared to CCF vote in 1958 election.
|1958 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||8,278||54.5||+19.3|
|Social Credit||Wilbert James Tinkler||1,363||9.0||-20.7|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Jacob John Siemens||281||1.8||0.0|
|Total valid votes||15,190||100.0|
|1957 Canadian federal election: Provencher|
|Progressive Conservative||Warner Jorgenson||4,739||35.2||+13.8|
|Social Credit||Hugh M. Campbell||3,992||29.6||+17.0|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Charles Biesick||246||1.8||–|
|Total valid votes||13,466||100.0|
- "Legislative Assembly of Manitoba". Hansard. Government of Manitoba. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "In Memoriam – Warner Jorgenson (Morris 1969–81)" (PDF). Some Honourable Members. Association of Former Manitoba MLAs. Fall 2005. p. 11. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "Warner Herbert Jorgenson". Manitoba Historical Society.