Cy Gonick

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Cy Gonick (born April 8, 1936) is a former politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1969 to 1973, sitting as a member of the New Democratic Party.[1]

Gonick was born in Winnipeg to Louis Gonick and Minnie Chernick. Gonick attended Kelvin high school in Winnipeg. He attended UCLA, Columbia and Berkeley in the mid 1950s and early 1960s. Gonick took a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. During this period, he was a founding editor of Canadian Dimension, a socialist journal subsequently based in Winnipeg.[2]

Gonick was elected to the legislature in the provincial election of 1969, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Gurney Evans[1] by 273 votes in the Winnipeg riding of Crescentwood. He was a backbencher in Edward Schreyer's government for the next four years.

Gonick was the only Manitoba NDP MLA who was an avowed member of "The Waffle" during this period.[3] He frequently criticized his government from a left-wing perspective, particularly on issues such as medical billing practices and the foreign ownership of natural resources. On one occasion, he introduced a private member's bill which would have forced all medical doctors to make their incomes public.

He did not run for re-election in 1973,[1] and did not seek a return to provincial politics after this time. He returned to teaching at the University of Manitoba where he was the program coordinator for the Labour and Workplace Studies Program, retiring in 2001.

His son Noam Gonick is a noted Canadian film director.

Major publications

  • Out of Work : Why There's So Much Unemployment, and Why It's Getting Worse (1978)
  • Inflation or Depression : The Continuing Crisis of the Canadian Economy (1975)
  • The Great Economic Debate : Failed Economics and a Future for Canada (1987)
  • A Very Red Life: The Story of Bill Walsh (2001)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-10-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bothwell, Robert; Drummond, Ian M.; English, John (1989). Canada since 1945: power, politics, and provincialism. University of Toronto Press. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-8020-6672-5. Retrieved 14 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Wiseman, Nelson (1983). Social Democracy in Manitoba: A History of the CCF-NDP. University of Manitoba Press. p. 138. ISBN 0887553664. Retrieved 2013-10-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>