John Harvard was born on June 4, 1938, and died on January 9, 2016.
He a Canadian politician.
He was a known journalist, politician and office holder in Manitoba, Canada.
Howard served as a federal Member of Parliament from 1988 to 2004.
He was appointed the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba just before Canada’s 2004 federal election.
He was a broadcast journalist from 1957 to 1988.
Howard worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for eighteen years and was for many years the host of a popular call-in show in Winnipeg called Talk Back, on CJOB radio.
However, his predecessor as lieutenant governor, Peter Liba, worked as a journalist for CBC’s competitor CanWest.
He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1988 election as a Liberal,
Harvard served as a backbench member of the parliamentary opposition from 1988 to 1993, then he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services in 1996.
John was named parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food after the election, serving until 1998.
Minister Harvard supported Paul Martin for the Liberal Party leadership over a period of several years, and it was perhaps for this reason that he was never called into the cabinet of Jean Chrétien.
John Harvard, in 2000 publicly suggested that Chrétien should consider resigning as party leader.
After Martin became prime minister on December 12, 2003, John Harvard was sworn into the Privy Council as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade.
Mr John Harvard resigned from parliament on May 6, 2004.
There was rumours that it was done at the urging of Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray.
Murray was seeking the Liberal candidacy for a Winnipeg-area riding in the upcoming federal election.
The following day, it was announced that Harvard was going to be appointed lieutenant-governor of Manitoba, and he was sworn in on June 30.
Glen Murray was not able to retain the seat for the Liberals.
The position of lieutenant-governor is largely ceremonial, and Harvard held very little direct influence over the government of Manitoba.
During his time served as the LG, as is the tradition, he and his then-spouse, Her Honour, Lenore Berscheid, resided in Government House (Manitoba) in Winnipeg.
In late 2005,John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba.
John term finished in 2009, and he was succeeded by Lieutenant-Governor by Philip S. Lee.
John Harvard passed away at 77 yrs old.