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Robert H. Winters

1910 - 1969

Chairman of the Board of Governors of York University (1959-1965), Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister in the governments of three Liberal prime ministers through the 1950s and 1960s, businessman, fundraiser and military officer. Winters came second in the 1968 leadership race which made Pierre Trudeau Liberal leader and Prime Minister.


You have perhaps heard the story of the four students, British, French, American, Canadian, who were asked to write an essay on elephants. The British student entitled his essay 'Elephants and the Empire.' The French student called his 'Love and the Elephant.' The title of the American student's essay was 'Bigger and Better Elephants,' and the Canadian student called his 'Elephants: A Federal or Provincial Responsibility?'