Ed Ewasiuk

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Ed Ewasiuk
MLA for Edmonton Beverly
In office
1986–1993
Preceded byBill Diachuk
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Personal details
Born(1933-09-24)September 24, 1933
Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
DiedApril 14, 2006(2006-04-14) (aged 72)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party

Edward William "Eddie" Ewasiuk (September 24, 1933 – April 14, 2006) was a labour activist, a city councilor in Edmonton, Alberta and a NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He was born in Vegreville, Alberta.

Early life[edit]

Ed W. Ewasiuk was born on September 24, 1933 in Vegreville, Alberta. He was born to parents of Ukrainian descent. Ewasiuk was a labour activist with what was the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. He served as a president of his local and then as a national vice-president. In 1980, he ran for city council in Edmonton's Northeast Ward 3 as part of the now-defunct Edmonton Voters' Association municipal party. and won, and was re-elected in 1983.

Provincial politics[edit]

In the 1986 Alberta general election, Ewasiuk stood for MLA as a New Democrat in the northeast riding of Edmonton-Beverly. He won easily, garnering almost 60% of the vote, in an NDP sweep of Edmonton under Ray Martin's leadership. He defeated powerful PC Cabinet minister Bill Diachuk.

In City Hall and Legislature, Ewasiuk gained a reputation as a devout advocate of reducing poverty and workers' rights.

In the 1989 Alberta general election, Ewasiuk was re-elected with 50% of the vote. He was defeated in the 1993 Alberta general election by Julius Yankowski in the new electoral district of Edmonton Beverly-Belmont after his old electoral district of Edmonton Beverly was redistributed.

Late life and legacy[edit]

Ewasiuk died suddenly at his home in Edmonton in 2006.[1][2] In 2007, a memorial bench for Ewasiuk was unveiled by the NDP and the CEP union facing Edmonton City Hall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Life & Times:: [Final Edition] Sadava, Mike. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 20 Apr 2006: B1 FRONT.
  2. ^ "Legislative Assembly Office - 2006 Annual Report" (PDF). Assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2012-08-10.

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