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Bill Neville

(Manitoba & Exeter 1963) (15 September 1940 - 29 March 2024)

Bill Neville grew up in Winnipeg, studied at the University of Manitoba, and went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He became a university professor and went on to head U of M’s department of political studies, retiring in 2005. Before he chose that academic path, Neville entered the political sphere.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was an adviser to Sidney Spivak, then-provincial minister of industry and commerce in Duff Roblin’s Conservative government. While they were both working for Spivak, Neville met Lee Southern in 1969.

Southern described Neville as a true “public intellectual.” He became a prolific columnist for the Free Press in the late 1980s and through the 1990s. He continued to write and serve as a political contributor to local news outlets into the early 2000s, becoming a thought leader and influencer of public opinion through his well-researched prose.

He served as a Winnipeg city councillor for the Tuxedo ward through the late 1970s and ’80s.

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