(born February 21, 1961) is a Manitoba
politician and lawyer. He served as leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
between 1993 and 1996.
Edwards was born in Kingston, Ontario
and was educated at Trent University
and Queen's University
. He later worked as a barrister and solicitor.
In 1988, Edwards was elected to the Manitoba legislature
for the Winnipeg
riding of St. James
, defeating Progressive Conservative Jae Eadie
by about 600 votes. He joined 19 other Liberals in forming the official opposition to the minority government of Progressive Conservative Premier Gary Filmon
The 1988 election was a landmark for the Manitoba Liberal Party
, in that it had previously been reduced to a marginal presence in the province. The unpopularity of Howard Pawley
's New Democratic
government in 1988 had given the party the support of many centre-left voters, and many believed that the Liberals had a chance to form government in the next election.
This did not occur. The New Democratic Party
recovered under Gary Doer
's leadership, and the Liberals were reduced to only seven seats (out of 57) in the election of 1990. Edwards was re-elected in St. James, this time defeating Tory
candidate Joanne Thibault
by about 300 votes.
Liberal leader Sharon Carstairs
was blamed by many in the party for squandering a chance to form government, and resigned as party leader in 1993. Subsequently, Edwards defeated maverick MLA Kevin Lamoureux
to become the party's new... Read More