John Edzerza

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John Edzerza
Minister of the Environment
In office
February 4, 2010 – November 5, 2011
Premier Dennis Fentie
Darrell Pasloski
Preceded by Elaine Taylor
Succeeded by Currie Dixon
Minister of Education
In office
November 30, 2002 – August 2, 2006
Premier Dennis Fentie
Preceded by Cynthia Tucker
Succeeded by Elaine Taylor
Minister of Justice
In office
July 12, 2004 – August 2, 2006
Premier Dennis Fentie
Preceded by Elaine Taylor
Succeeded by Elaine Taylor
Minister of the Public Service Commission
In office
November 30, 2002 – July 12, 2004
Premier Dennis Fentie
Preceded by Pam Buckway
Succeeded by Elaine Taylor
MLA for McIntyre-Takhini
In office
November 4, 2002 – October 11, 2011
Preceded by Wayne Jim
Succeeded by Constituency dissolved
Personal details
Born (1948-08-14)August 14, 1948
Lower Post, British Columbia
Died November 25, 2011(2011-11-25) (aged 63)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Political party Yukon Party (2000-2006)
Independent (2006)
New Democrat (2006-2009)
Independent (2009-2010)
Yukon Party (2010-2011)
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon

John Edzerza (August 14, 1948 – November 25, 2011) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of McIntyre-Takhini in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

Political career[edit]

Born in British Columbia in 1948,[1] he first entered politics in 2002 as a Yukon Party MLA, and served as Minister of Justice and Minister of Education in Dennis Fentie's cabinet.

After disagreeing with a number of government decisions in early 2006, he resigned from the Yukon Party on August 2, 2006 to sit as an independent MLA, and recontested his seat in that fall's territorial election as a candidate of the Yukon New Democratic Party. He was re-elected, and served in the NDP caucus under Todd Hardy until January 2009, when he resigned from the NDP to sit again as an independent.[2] He rejoined the Yukon Party on October 22, 2009,[3] and served as Minister of the Environment until retiring in 2011.[4] Edzerza died of leukemia on November 25, 2011.[5][6]

Electoral record[edit]

Yukon general election, 2006[edit]

McIntyre-Takhini
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP John Edzerza 336 38.8% +7.0%
  Liberal Ed Schultz 328 37.9% +15.4%
Yukon Party Vicki Durrant 201 23.2% -6.6%
Total 865 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2002[edit]

McIntyre-Takhini
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party John Edzerza 288 31.8% +4.7%
  NDP Maureen Stephens 270 29.8% -4.7%
  Liberal Judy Gingell 204 22.5% -15.9%
  Independent Wayne Jim 129 14.2% +14.2%
  Independent Geoffrey Capp 15 1.7% +1.7%
Total 906 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2000[edit]

McIntyre-Takhini
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Wayne Jim 376 38.4% +18.1%
  NDP Piers McDonald 338 34.5% -14.8%
Yukon Party John Edzerza 265 27.1% -0.9%
Total 979 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLA biography". Yukon Legislative Assembly. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Yukon MLA Edzerza quits NDP, will sit as Independent". CBC News. January 29, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Edzerza rejoins Yukon Party". CBC News. October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Edzerza named Yukon environment minister". CBC News. February 4, 2010. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Former Yukon minister dies". CBC News. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  6. ^ "'He had so much more he wanted to do'". Whitehorse Daily Star. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-18.