Warner Jorgenson

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
for Provencher
In office
June 1957 – April 1968
Preceded byRené Jutras
Succeeded byMark Smerchanski
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Morris
In office
Preceded byHarry Shewman
Succeeded byClayton Manness
Personal details
Born(1918-03-26)26 March 1918
Canora, Saskatchewan
Died30 July 2005(2005-07-30) (aged 87)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba
SpouseCorrine Ansell ("Pat")[1][2]
CabinetMinister 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)

Early lifeEdit

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.[3]

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.

Federal politicsEdit

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.

Provincial politicsEdit

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.

During his final years, Warner Jorgenson had Alzheimer's disease. He died at Winnipeg's Deer Lodge Centre on 30 July 2005 at the age of 87.[2][3]

Electoral recordEdit

Manitoba provincial by-election, February 20, 1969: Morris
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Warner Jorgenson 2,146 65.77 $966.85
Liberal Ralph Rasmussen 841 25.77 $526.56
New Democratic William T. Loftus 276 8.46 $770.61
Total valid votes 3,263 100
Rejected and discarded votes 17
Turnout 3,280 62.07
Electors on the lists 5,284
1968 Canadian federal election: Provencher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mark Smerchanski 9,021 41.6 +2.7
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Warner Jorgenson 6,470 48.1 +2.0
Liberal Gordon Barkman 5,243 39.0 +2.3
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Warner Jorgenson 8,278 54.5 +19.3
Liberal René Préfontaine 5,268 34.7 +1.3
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Warner Jorgenson 4,739 35.2 +13.8
Liberal René Jutras 4,489 33.3 -32.6
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


  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Manitoba". Hansard. Government of Manitoba. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "In Memoriam – Warner Jorgenson (Morris 1969–81)" (PDF). Some Honourable Members. Association of Former Manitoba MLAs. Fall 2005. p. 11. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Warner Herbert Jorgenson". Manitoba Historical Society.

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