Bobbie Sparrow

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Bobbie Sparrow

Member of Parliament
for Calgary South (1984-1988)
Calgary Southwest (1988-1993)
In office
Preceded byJohn William Thomson
Succeeded byPreston Manning
Personal details
Barbara Jane Sparrow

(1935-07-11) July 11, 1935 (age 83)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ProfessionRegistered Nurse, businessperson, politician

Barbara Jane (Bobbie) Sparrow, PC (born July 11, 1935) is a Canadian former politician.

Political career[edit]

Sparrow, a Registered Nurse and businessperson, was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1984 federal election as Member of Parliament for Calgary South, Alberta. That election brought the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to power under the leadership of Brian Mulroney. In that election she won the biggest plurality in Canadian history up to that time, winning by a landslide of 55,590 votes. The plurality was 47,763 more votes than second place runner-up Harold Millican from the Liberal Party of Canada.

Sparrow was re-elected in the 1988 general election for the new riding of Calgary Southwest. In 1991, she was named parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare.

When Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as PC leader and prime minister in 1993, she brought Sparrow into the Cabinet as Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of Forestry.

Both Sparrow and the Campbell government were defeated in the subsequent 1993 federal election that reduced the Tories to only two seats in the House of Commons. Sparrow lost her seat to Reform Party leader Preston Manning.

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