John Edzerza

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John Edzerza
MLA for McIntyre-Takhini
In office
Preceded by Wayne Jim
Succeeded by riding 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[1]
Political party IndependentYukon Party

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,[2] 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.[3] He rejoined the Yukon Party on October 22, 2009,[4] and served as Minister of the Environment until retiring in 2011.[5] Edzerza died of leukemia on November 25, 2011.[6]


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  3. ^ "Yukon MLA Edzerza quits NDP, will sit as Independent",, January 29, 2009.
  4. ^ "Edzerza rejoins Yukon Party",, October 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "Edzerza named Yukon environment minister"., February 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "Former Yukon minister dies". CBC News. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.