Today we lift up in prayer Stan Struthers. Lord
may you give him wisdom and discernment as he serves the people of Manitoba.
Lord lift him in spirit and in mind as he travels and helps shape his province.
We ask in Jesus name – Amen.
“Manitoba is a better place to live, work and raise a family than it’s ever been – working together, we can keep building.”
- First appointed to cabinet in 2003
- First elected in 1995
Stan Struthers was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1995 as the member for Dauphin and was re-elected as the MLA for Dauphin-Roblin in 1999, 2003, 2007 and again in 2011 as the MLA for Dauphin.
In his first term, he served as his party’s Natural Resources Critic and Deputy Agriculture Critic. After the election of 1999, he served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health. In November 2003 he was appointed Minister of Conservation by Premier Gary Doer. Stan went on to become Manitoba’s longest serving Minister of Conservation, until he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives in November 2009. He then became the Minister of Finance in 2011. On October 18, 2013, Premier Greg Selinger appointed Stan the Minister of Municipal Government and Minister charged with administration of the Manitoba Hydro Act.
Stan graduated from Swan Valley Regional Secondary School in 1977, received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Brandon University and his Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba. His teaching career began at Norway House First Nation and took him to teaching positions in the Parkland area, including a two-year term as principal of Rorketon Collegiate.
Stan’s first interest in politics came to him at a very young age. With his father he watched the Liberal nomination race that elected Pierre Trudeau as leader—to his father’s dismay. Stan soon came to share with his father a keen interest in politics. Debates on the issues of the day became a regular occurrence in the Struthers household.
Stan has enjoyed working with the people of his community over the years and cites the strength of that relationship on the twin pillars of co-operation and hard work. He has always marveled at the abundance of wisdom and knowledge to be found in the community and often cites the rich cultural fabric of the area which has produced a tradition of collaboration and success.
According to Stan, building on an agricultural base represents the future of the Parkland. The region’s success, he says, depends on creating value-added jobs in agriculture and opportunities for our youth. Young people want to be part of building our community, one that will provide solid recreational opportunities and an equally strong and well-developed infrastructure.
Stan is proud of Dauphin for its recreation facilities which are second to none in promoting healthy living, like the Vermillion walking trail and the walking track at Credit Union Place which many people use on a daily basis. He believes the constituency of Dauphin is a great place to raise a family—especially when every community in the constituency is working hard to improve opportunities for young people.
Stan enjoys participating in many local fundraising events and is often asked to take part in community initiatives. He tries to accept every invitation that arrives in his office; for him, remaining active in the life of his community and representing the interests of his constituents are the most important things he can do as the area’s MLA.
On June 4, 2005, the Dauphin-Roblin NDP Constituency Association recognized Stan with a 10-year anniversary celebration and on October 1st, 2010, for his 15 years as MLA with a celebration marking his election to office. Stan is honoured to have been elected five times and owes a debt of gratitude to his family and his constituents.
Stan and his wife Michelle live in Dauphin with their son Alex.