Steve Paproski

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Steven "Steve" Eugene Paproski
Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
In office
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byAnne McLellan
Member of Parliament for Edmonton North
In office
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byJohn Loney
Personal details
Born(1928-09-23)September 23, 1928
Lwów, Poland
DiedDecember 3, 1993(1993-12-03) (aged 65)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
RelativesKenneth Paproski
Carl Paproski

Steven Eugene Paproski, PC (September 23, 1928 – December 3, 1993) was a Canadian politician and professional football player. He played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1949 to 1954 and served as a federal Member of Parliament from 1968 to 1993.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lwów, Poland, he came to Edmonton, Alberta as a child. He attended the University of Arizona on a sports scholarship.

Pro football career[edit]

He was a lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1949 to 1954. In this role he became part of the Edmonton Eskimo alumni which would come to dominate Alberta political life in future decades. Among other Eskimoes from this era who achieved prominence in politics are Alberta premiers Peter Lougheed and Don Getty, plus lieutenant governor the honourable Norman Kwong.

Political career[edit]

In 1968, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Edmonton Centre. A Progressive Conservative, he was re-elected in 1972, and 1974. He was elected in 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1988 for Edmonton North. From 1976 to 1978, he was the Chief Opposition Whip. During Joe Clark's brief term as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1980, he was the Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport and Minister of State for Multiculturalism. During Brian Mulroney's terms as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993, he was the Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. While in opposition, Steve served leader Robert Stanfield as deputy whip and later chief whip for the Progressive Conservative caucus.

His brothers Kenneth Paproski and Carl Paproski also served as members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.[1]


  1. ^ Andrea Sands (January 21, 2008). "School trustee a passionate children's advocate; Educator and counsellor Carl Paproski came from a highly political family". Edmonton Journal. p. A13.

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