The Honourable George Johnson, O.C., M.D.
The Honourable George Johnson, O.C., M.D. Archives of Manitoba: Johnson, George (86-10385)

Term of Office: 11 December 1986 – 5 March 1993
Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba, 18 November 1920
Died: Gimli, Manitoba, 8 July 1995

  • Educated at the University of Manitoba.
  • Served in the Canadian Armed Forces 1941-45 with rank Lt. (N)RCNR; 1988 Honorary Captain (N) HMCS Chippawa.
  • Practiced medicine in Gimli 1950-58 and in Winnipeg 1969-78.
  • Conservative Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Gimli 1958-69.
  • Minister of Health and Public Welfare 1958-61; Minister of Health 1961-63; Minister of Education 1963-68; Minister of Health and Social Development 1968-69, during which time (April 1969) Medicare was introduced.
  • On the active staff of the Misericordia and Municipal Hospitals, Winnipeg 1970-78 and on the special staff of the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg 1971-84.
  • Chief Medical Consultant, Department of Health and Community Services 1979.
  • Acting Deputy Minister and Vice-Chairman, Manitoba Health Services Commission 1978-82.
  • Medical Consultant to the Minister of Health and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Medical Manpower 1981-86.
  • Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Winnipeg 1992.
  • Honorary Life Member: Manitoba Medical Association; Winnipeg Medical Society; Manitoba Teachers Society; Gimli Kinsmen Club; Hong Kong Veterans Association of Canada (Manitoba Branch).
  • Certificant, Fellow and Life Member, College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  • Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (Elected Officer of Council 1974-78).
  • Appointed to Order of Canada 1994.