Neil Stanley Crawford

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Neil Stanley Crawford (May 26, 1931–August 25, 1992) was a politician and jazz musician from Alberta, Canada.

Early life[edit]

Neil was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He married Catherine May Hughes September 3, 1951. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Law School in 1954, and practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta during the 1950s and 1960s, before becoming involved in politics. Neil served as an Alderman for the City of Edmonton from 1966–1971.

Federal involvement[edit]

Neil was actively involved with federal politics. He served as an executive assistant to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker between 1961 and 1963, and served as Young Progressive Conservative Association President from 1963 to 1964.

He had a jazz band composed of provincial MLAs called the Tory Blue Notes, and played trumpet.

Provincial politics[edit]

A building in the Neil Crawford Centre near the Parkallen neighborhood in south Edmonton.

Crawford was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the first time in the 1971 Alberta general election for the new district of Edmonton Parkallen. He served a total of five terms from 1971 to 1989 for the Progressive Conservatives.

During his time in the assembly he served numerous portfolios in the cabinet. He was Minister of Health and Social Development, Minister of Labour, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Attorney General, Government House Leader and lastly responsible for the government's Special Projects.

In December 1986 he held a press conference to announce he was afflicted with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He served out the rest of his term and retired in 1989.

He died on August 25, 1992. The Neil Crawford Centre, a Government of Alberta office complex in south Edmonton, is named in his honor. The Edmonton subdivision of Crawford Plains, as well as the Crawford Plains Elementary School are also named for him.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Edmonton Parkallen
1971–1989
Succeeded by
Doug Main