Earl Dawson


1925 – 1987

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Who was Earl Dawson?

Earl Phillip Dawson was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served as a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1966 to 1969.

Dawson was educated in St. Boniface, and worked as a small businessman. He served in the air force and army during World War II. In 1949, Dawson married Madeline Catherine O’Callaghan. He was a councillor in the Town of Rivers from 1957 to 1965, and served in the Canadian Air Force from 1957 to 1966. In 1966-67, he served as vice-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was president from 1968 to 1970. In 1970, Dawson went to work for Sport Canada in Winnipeg and helped to organize the Canada Games.

He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1966 provincial election, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Barry Strickland by 151 votes in the riding of Hamiota. He lost his seat in the 1969 election in the redistributed riding of Virden, falling to Progressive Conservative Morris McGregor by 590 votes. The Liberals lost much of their rural support base in this election. Dawson did not seek a return to the legislature after this time.

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Dec 17, 1925
Mar 28, 1987

on July 23, 2013


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