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Date of Birth: 1928
After graduating from Kelvin High School, Sidney Spivak attended the University of Manitoba, where he won the Alexander Morris Exhibition Prize for the highest standing in four years at law school. He then went on to pursue his Master of Laws at Harvard. Spivak returned to Winnipeg and worked as a barrister and got involved with the Progressive Conservative party in the mid-1950s. In 1966, Spivak was elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for the riding of River Heights. He was quickly appointed the Minister of Industry and Commerce in Duff Roblin's Progressive Conservative government. In 1971, Spivak became the leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party. He later served in Sterling Lyon's Cabinet as the Minister without Portfolio (1977-1978) and the Minister of Government Services (1978-1979). After narrowly being defeated by Lloyd Axeworthy in the federal riding of Winnipeg-Fort Garry during the 1979 election, Spivak retired from politics.
Sidney Spivak was also involved in the community and was involved in various charitable organizations such as the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg's Refugee Assistance Committee (on which he served as chair). In the 1980s and 90s, while he served as the National Chairman of the Canadian-Israeli Committee, he played a pivotal role in influencing Canadian policy in the Middle East.