Biography of Roblin, Rodmond Palen, Sir, 1853-1937
Sir Rodmond Palen Roblin (1853-1937) arrived in Winnipegfrom Ontario in 1877. He was elected as an Independent MLA in 1888. He was a strong advocate of provincial rights and a critic of the Greenway government’s school legislation. He became premier of Manitoba in 1900. He was Minister of Agriculture from 1900 to 1911, Provincial Lands Commissioner from 1905 to 1915, Railway Commissioner from1908 to 1915, and Provincial Secretary from 1911 to 1913. His government is remembered for its agreement with the Canadian Northern Railway whereby the railway built a line to the Lakehead and gave control of the rates to the provincial government and the creation of a government telephone system and the establishment of the first effective public utilities commission in Canada. During his tenure Manitoba’s boundaries were extended. He resigned in 1915 as a result of the scandal that surrounded the building of the new Manitoba legislative building.