Jim Edwards (Canadian politician)

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Jim Edwards

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton South
In office
Preceded byDouglas Roche
Succeeded byriding dissolved
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton Southwest
In office
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byIan McClelland
President of the Treasury Board
In office
Preceded byGilles Loiselle
Succeeded byArt Eggleton
Personal details
James Stewart Edwards

(1936-08-31) August 31, 1936 (age 84)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Alma materUniversity of Alberta

James Stewart Edwards, PC (born August 31, 1936) is a Canadian former politician from Alberta.

Early life[edit]

James Stewart Edwards was born on August 31, 1936 in Edmonton, Alberta to Donald Stewart Edwards and Verna May Armstrong.[1] Edwards attended the University of Alberta attaining a Bachelor of Arts.[1] He married Sheila Mary Mooney on September 10, 1960 and had four children together.[1] Edwards served as the Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commissioner from 1979 to 1980.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1984 general election as a Progressive Conservative from Alberta. He served as a parliamentary secretary to several ministers in the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Following Mulroney's resignation as PC leader and prime minister in 1993, Edwards was a candidate at the PC leadership convention held to choose a successor. He placed third. Edwards ran on a platform of cutting federal spending by $10-billion per year until the deficit and national debt were wiped out, reducing the size of Cabinet from 35 to 20, reviewing defense spending, freezing support to the European Bank for Renewal and Development, privatizing all Crown Corporations including Canada Post, and reducing international funding.[2]

He was appointed chief government Whip and President of the Treasury Board in the short lived cabinet of Prime Minister Kim Campbell. He lost his seat in that year's 1993 election that reduced the Tories to only two Members of Parliament in the House.

Later life[edit]

Edwards was the president and CEO of Economic Development Edmonton from 1998 to 2002 and served as the chair of the board of governors at the University of Alberta from March 2002 to 2006. Edwards received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2006.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d O'Handley, Kathryn, ed. (1993). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Toronto: Globe and Mail Publishing. p. 217. ISBN 1414401418. OCLC 1176180932. Retrieved August 9, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Newman, Peter C. (May 24, 1993). "Jim Edwards, the would-be kingmaker". Maclean's. p. 28. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Honourable James S. Edwards". cerc.gc.ca. Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Retrieved December 26, 2020.

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