Francis Lawrence Jobin

Francis Lawrence "Bud" Jobin (August 14, 1914 August 25, 1995) was a politician and the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Canada.[1]

The Honourable

Francis Lawrence Jobin
18th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
In office
March 15, 1976  October 23, 1981
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJules Léger
Edward Schreyer
PremierEdward Schreyer
Sterling Lyon
Preceded byWilliam John McKeag
Succeeded byPearl McGonigal
Manitoba Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
July 6, 1956  June 30, 1958
PremierDouglas Lloyd Campbell
Preceded byRonald Turner
Succeeded byGurney Evans
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
June 16, 1958  May 14, 1959
Preceded bynew constituency
Succeeded byCharles Witney
ConstituencyFlin Flon
In office
November 10, 1949  June 16, 1958
Preceded byBeresford Richards
Succeeded byJohn Carroll
ConstituencyThe Pas
Personal details
Born(1914-08-14)August 14, 1914
Winnipeg, Manitoba
DiedAugust 25, 1995(1995-08-25) (aged 81)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
OccupationLabourer, miner, surveyor

Jobin was born in Winnipeg, and was educated at the University of Manitoba. He moved to Flin Flon, in the northern part of the province, in 1935. He worked for Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting as a labourer, miner and surveyor, later working in the company's purchasing department.[1]

Jobin was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1949 provincial election, as a Liberal candidate supporting the government of Premier Douglas Campbell. Running in The Pas, he easily defeated independent incumbent Beresford Richards, who opposed the governing Liberal-Conservative coalition.[2]

Jobin was re-elected in the 1953 election,[2] easily defeating opponents from the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and Social Credit. On July 6, 1956, he was sworn in as Railway Commissioner and Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Campbell government.[2] Provincial CCF leader Lloyd Stinson later referred to Jobin as Campbell's only "labour-oriented" minister.

Campbell's Liberals were defeated by Dufferin Roblin's Progressive Conservatives in the 1958 election, but Jobin was able to retain the redistributed riding of Flin Flon. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative Charles Witney in the following year's election, however, as Roblin's Tories won a majority government.[2]

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 in the leadership convention, compared to 475 for the winner, Gildas Molgat.

Jobin ran as a Liberal candidate in the sprawling northern riding of Churchill in the federal election of 1962,[1] but finished a distant second against Progressive Conservative candidate Robert Simpson. In early 1963, he lost a deferred provincial election in Churchill to Progressive Conservative Gordon Beard,[2] albeit by a relatively close margin. Jobin again lost to Simpson in the federal election of 1965.[3]

Jobin was elected to the Flin Flon Municipal Council in 1966.[1] He made another bid for the provincial legislature in the 1969 election, 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.[1]

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

He died in Winnipeg on August 25, 1995.[1]


  1. "The Honourable Francis Laurence Jobin". Past Lieutenant Governors. Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  2. "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  3. "Churchill, Manitoba (1933 - )". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
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