Who the heck is Rod Zimmer?

With Senator Zimmer currently in the headlines, Aaron Wherry considers one obvious question (there are others, of course)


With Rod Zimmer currently in the headlines, Aaron Wherry considers his journey to the Senate: 

In 1999, Rod Zimmer, a prominent Winnipeg businessman and fundraiser, was reportedly among the final two candidates for the posting of Lieutenant Governor in Manitoba. Jean Chrétien chose the other finalist, Peter Liba.

Six years later, Zimmer received a decent consolation prize—an appointment to the Senate. Zimmer was among five senators selected in August of that year by Paul Martin.

From 1968 to 1971, Zimmer was an assistant to Cyril MacDonald, the Liberal minister of welfare in Saskatchewan, and for most of the rest of the 1970s he was an assistant to James Richardson, the federal minister of defence. He was the Manitoba chair for the federal Liberal campaign in 1980 and while then building a career in business—including prominent positions with CanWest and the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation—Zimmer continued to work within and around the Liberal party. He was a member of the fundraising committee for Paul Martin’s leadership campaign in 2003 and revenue chair for the federal Liberals in Manitoba from 2004 to 2006.

“People will comment on the fundraising that he’s done for the Liberal party, but what is overlooked is the incredible amount of work he’s done for all sorts of other causes in Manitoba,” Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard told the Winnipeg Free Press when Zimmer’s Senate appointment was announced. “That kind of commitment is a positive thing. He has a lot of public spirit.”

After Martin’s resignation, Zimmer helped raise funds for Ken Dryden’s leadership campaign.

From 1989 to 1991, he was president of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and from 1981 to 1993 he was a member of the board of directors for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. And according to Zimmer’s official biography, he is a “champion swimmer, diver, and water-skier” and “he has actively participated in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, curling, tennis, golf, soccer, squash, handball, badminton and downhill skiing.”



Who the heck is Rod Zimmer?

  1. And is 69 with a 23 year old girl for a wife. Could you imagine your 23 year old daughter marrying somone that old?

    • WAs in news today about guy who suspect in blowing up his daughter’s boyfriend.

    • Just ask Criminal Vic Toews?

  2. This prominent Winnipeg “businessman”…? It appears he only held a job with a private corp once and only for a few years? Maybe i am wrong.. but it appears he has been a party or government employee all his life.. since when are government employees “prominent business people and philanthropists?

    • The private sector in Winnipeg isn’t all that large, so the public sector is more important than it might otherwise be. He’s a medium fish in a small pond.

  3. Another great poster-toady for abolishing the Senate.

  4. You go daddy. Their just jealous.

    • Would you want this for your daughter? From the looks of him, he bit off more than he could gum. They’re not jealous, just baffled. Blows the mind: her grandmother is younger than her husband.

  5. You have to look at it this way. When he is 100 she will be 54. Who will care then. Just like who cares about Woody Allen’s story now.

  6. Oh yeah some business man he’s only worked for the in the can West liberal aszz kissing media, all the rest of his so called “jobs” are he networked using his political ties.
    He’s a Liberal Party Bag Man, Hello.

    You should shine up Justin Trudeau’s profile to… er, uh, never mind, losers.

  7. Who is his first wife and did he divorce because of his current girlfriend he has been with prior to her turning eighteen, apparently. Does he have kids? I wonder how his family feels about his marriage. Perhaps it doesn’t matter if they care about each other and have been together for years – five? six?

  8. Er … does this mean it’s safe and seemly to talk about Vic Whasisname and
    his marital misadventures now ? It’s so hard to know.

  9. Why the heck is he wearing CF Wings on his jacket to court. He has never served. Sympathy? It shows his further lack of respect and discretion. Moron.

  10. Dont forget Criminal Vic Toews, boinked his barely legal Kids babysitter and left his wife and 2 kids to have his love child… went on to become… public safety minister LMAO… according to court records.. he is also a dead beat dad!!