Neil Stanley Crawford
|Neil Stanley Crawford|
|MLA for Edmonton Parkallen|
|Succeeded by||Doug Main|
May 26, 1931|
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
|Died||August 25, 1992
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta|
Neil was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He married Catherine May Hughes September 3, 1951. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Law School in 1954, and practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta during the 1950s and 1960s, before becoming involved in politics. Neil served as an Alderman for the City of Edmonton from 1966–1971.
Neil was actively involved with federal politics. He served as an executive assistant to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker between 1961 and 1963, and served as Young Progressive Conservative Association President from 1963 to 1964.
He had a jazz band composed of provincial MLAs called the Tory Blue Notes, and played trumpet.
Crawford was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the first time in the 1971 Alberta general election for the new district of Edmonton Parkallen. He served a total of five terms from 1971 to 1989 for the Progressive Conservatives.
During his time in the assembly he served numerous portfolios in the cabinet. He was Minister of Health and Social Development, Minister of Labour, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Attorney General, Government House Leader and lastly responsible for the government's Special Projects.
In December 1986 he held a press conference to announce he was afflicted with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He served out the rest of his term and retired in 1989.
He died on August 25, 1992 of ALS in Edmonton. The Neil Crawford Centre, a Government of Alberta office complex in south Edmonton, is named in his honor. The Edmonton subdivision of Crawford Plains, as well as the Crawford Plains Elementary School are also named for him.
|Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
|MLA Edmonton Parkallen
- Neil Crawford, former Tory minister, dies at 61; `My boss, friend and teacher, he taught me everything I know about the legislature,' aide recalls: [Final Edition] Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 26 Aug 1992: A5.