|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Donald Ravis|
Robert Joseph Ogle
24 December 1928
|Died||1 April 1998 (aged 69)|
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
Early life and career
Ogle was born on 24 December 1928 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, to the native Quebecers Henry Ogle and Annie Brennan. Devout Irish Catholics, his parents had him baptized the next day, on Christmas Day. He grew up in poverty on farms in Saskatchewan and was an altar boy, an air cadet, and a boy scout in his youth.
Ogle studied at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario, from 1946 to 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1953. After ordination, he became a parish priest in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he founded the Catholic Centre, and went on to be appointed rector of St. Pius X Seminary. He later received a Doctor of Canon Law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Political career and later life
Ogle was elected to the House of Commons as a New Democratic Party candidate for the Saskatchewan riding of Saskatoon East in the 1979 federal election. He defeated the incumbent Member of Parliament, Otto Lang, the federal Minister of Justice, who had held the riding since 1968. Ogle was re-elected in the 1980 election. He served as his party's critic for external affairs from 1981 to 1984. He did not stand again in 1984, following instructions from the Vatican, in conformity with the new Code of Canon Law.
He was the author of four books:
- Faculties of Military Chaplains (1957),
- When the Snake Bites the Sun (1977),
- North- South Calling (1986), and
- A Man of Letters (1990).
In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for "his tireless efforts to foster Canada's understanding of her role in global progress". In 1995, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
- Gruending 2004, p. 183; Ogle 1987, p. 1.
- Ogle 1987, p. 1.
- Gruending 2004, p. 183; Lewis 2010, p. 19; Ogle 1987, pp. 1, 10–12.
- Gruending 2004, p. 183; Rigelhof 1995, p. 44.
- Gruending 2004, p. 183.
- Library of Parliament - Parlinfo: Saskatoon East.
- "Robert Joseph Ogle, O.C., S.O.M." Parlinfo. Ottawa: Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- Blaikie 2016, pp. 32–35.
- Code of Canon Law, Can. 285, § 3.
- Order of Canada citation
- Gruending 2004, p. 184.
- Blaikie, Bill (2016). "Prophetic Obedience: Reflections on the Life and Work of Bob Ogle, by the Junior Half of the NDP's 1979 God Squad". In Hrynkow, Christopher (ed.). A Prairie Priest and Politician: The Legacy and Continuing Influence of Father Bob Ogle. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: St. Thomas More College. pp. 22–36.
- Gruending, Dennis (2004). "Ogle, Robert Joseph 'Bob' (1928–1998)". In Quiring, Brett (ed.). Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present. Saskatchewan Lives Past and Present. 14. Regina, Saskatchewan: Canadian Plains Research Center. pp. 183–184. ISBN 978-0-88977-165-9. ISSN 1482-9886.
- Lewis, Norah L., ed. (2010) . Freedom to Play: We Made Our Own Fun (rev. ed.). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-1-55458-731-5.
- Ogle, Bob (1987). North/South Calling. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Fifth House. ISBN 978-0-920079-29-4. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- "OGLE, Fr. Robert (Bob) Joseph". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Rigelhof, T. F. (1995). A Blue Boy in a Black Dress. Ottawa: Oberon Press. ISBN 978-0-7780-1014-2.
- Ogle, Robert J. (1956). The Faculties of Canadian Military Chaplains: A Commentary on the Faculty Sheet of December, 1955 and the Directives for Holy Week Promulgated March 14, 1956 (doctoral diss.). Ottawa: University of Ottawa.
- ——— (1977). When the Snake Bites the Sun. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Texchuck Enterprises. ISBN 978-0-920478-00-4. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- ——— (1990). A Man of Letters. Ottawa: Broadcasting for International Understanding.
- Robert Ogle – Parliament of Canada biography
- Saskatchewan Order of Merit citation
- Robert Ogle fonds - Library and Archives Canada