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Duff Roblin had County connections

There is a great write-up in the Globe today on the passing of Duff Roblin, one time Manitoba premier.  Mentioned in there is his relationship to the County.  To quote the article:  “Mr. Roblin, who came from Loyalist stock, had politics in his DNA. His ancestors settled in the Bay of Quinte area of Eastern Ontario after the American Revolution and three of them were politically active in the affairs of what is now Ontario. Phillip John Roblin, sat in the Upper Canada Assembly of 1809 and two other Roblins – John P. and David – were in the Union Parliament of the 1840s and 50s.
His grandfather, Sir Rodmond Palen Roblin, moved to the roaring west as young man and was premier of Manitoba from 1900 to 1915. He is best known for building the massive limestone Manitoba Legislature, exchanging barbs with suffragist Nellie McClung, and for scandals surrounding the cost overruns on the legislature and subsequent allegations that he sloughed off building materials to erect his own showcase stone farmhouse near Carman, Man. By contrast, his grandson was pragmatic, progressive, and public-minded. “His grandfather was a man of his time, and he was ahead of his time,” said Prof. Neville.”
Donald McClure

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