Ambrose A. Holowach

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Ambrose A. Holowach (born July 22, 1914, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - died: February 27, 1993) was a businessman, soldier during World War II, member of the Canadian Parliament and member of the Alberta legislative assembly.

Federal political career[edit]

Holowach first ran for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the Social Credit party in the 1949 federal election. He was defeated by Liberal candidate Albert Frederick Macdonald. Holowach ran again in the 1953 federal election and this time defeated Macdonald. He remained an MP until his defeat in the 1958 federal election at the hands of Progressive Conservative candidate William Skoreyko.

Provincial political career[edit]

Before he became an MP, Holowach ran for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1952. He ran in the multi-member electoral district of Edmonton but finished well out of contention for a seat.

He made another attempt at entering the Alberta legislature after losing his seat in the House of Commons. He was elected in the Edmonton Centre district in the 1959 general election. In 1962 he was appointed to the Executive Council and became Provincial Secretary. In 1964 he attracted much attention when he said in the legislature that he doesn't think Alberta needs a distinct flag. Shortly before the 1971 general election, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Recreation by Premier Harry Strom.

At the 1971 election, Holowach left the Edmonton Centre district and ran for re-election in the Edmonton Highlands district. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate David Thomas King. Holowach ran against King again in the 1975 election but was again defeated.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Albert Frederick Macdonald
Member of Parliament Edmonton East
1953-1958
Succeeded by
William Skoreyko
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Edmonton Centre
1959–1971
Succeeded by
Gordon Miniely