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|Manitoba Government Whip|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
September 11, 1990
|Preceded by||Gwen Charles|
January 9, 1956 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Winnipeg|
Dewar was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, the grandson of former mayor Ben Massey. He was educated at the University of Winnipeg, and worked as a steelworker and as a small businessman prior to entering political life. Dewar served as treasurer of the Selkirk local of the Manitoba Metis Federation, and was a founding director of the Maurepas Village Housing Cooperative. He was also involved in the Selkirk Restitution and Reconciliation Committee, a program which assists young offenders.
Dewar was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1990, running as a New Democrat in the riding of Selkirk. He received 3735 votes, against 3467 for Progressive Conservative Russ Farrell (incumbent Liberal Gwen Charles was third with 3009). Dewar was re-elected by a wider margin in the 1995 election, and by a comfortable margin in 1999. The NDP formed government following the 1999 election, and Dewar was appointed Government Whip.
He was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election and in the 2011 provincial election. Dewar is the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Finance. He resumed the role of Government Whip following the 2011 election.