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1964-1998, predominant 1971-1998 (Creation)
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Born in the Vonda-Alvena area of Saskatchewan on April 22, 1943, Edwin Laurence Tchorzewski attended rural schools at Fosston, Kelvington and Hudson Bay. He graduated from Hudson Bay Comprehensive High School and the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/History and a Teachers Certificate (1969).
Tchorzewski taught at St. Augustine's Separate School in Humboldt from 1965 until entering political life in 1971. Growing up in a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) household, Tchorzewski became involved in party politics while at university. First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly at the age of twenty-eight in the General Election of June 1971 as the New Democratic Party (NDP) member for Humboldt constituency, Tchorzewski served as a MLA until defeated in the 1982 General Election. Re-elected in 1985 in a by-election for the constituency of Regina North East, he continued to represent this area and Regina Dewdney constituency following the General Elections of 1986, 1991, and 1995.
Between 1972 and 1982, Tchorzewski served in the cabinet of Allan E. Blakeney in the following portfolios: Minister of Culture and Youth (1972-1977); Minister of Consumer Affairs (1972-1975); Provincial Secretary (1972-1975); Minister of Continuing Education (1975-1976); Minister of Education (1975-1977); Minister of Health (1977-1979); and Minister of Finance (1979-1982).
During the period 1985-1991, Tchorzewski served as Opposition Environment Critic and was named Deputy Leader of the NDP in 1989. Tchorzewski also served as a cabinet minister with the Roy Romanow government between 1991-1995, holding the following portfolios: Minister of Crown Investments (1995); Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier (1991-1993); Provincial Secretary (1993-1995); Minister of Education, Training & Employment (1993); Associate Minister of Finance (1995); and Minister of Municipal Government (1995). Tchorzewski resigned his seat in the Legislature on January 18, 1999 and retired from public life.
Following his resignation Tchorzewski worked as a consultant for Rawlco Communications, and as an advisor to the Lorne Calvert government. In January, 2005 he became provincial secretary and chief executive officer for the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.
In private pursuits Tchorzewski played and coached various sports, held an active role in church activities with the Knights of Columbus, and maintained his interest in education as a member of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.
Ed Tchorzewski married Shirley Stasiuk in 1966 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan. They had four children, son Dion; daughters Raquel, Shalra and Shaundra.
Tchorzewski died in Regina on June 6, 2008.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Ed Tchorzewski during his years in politics as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), as a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP), as a minister holding numerous portfolios in the Alan Blakeney and Roy Romanow governments, and as Opposition Critic.
The records described in GR-1 relate primarily to Tchorzewski's years as a minister in the Blakeney Government, his opposition years, and his constituency activities. As such they contain both public and private/political components including portfolio material (Consumer Affairs, Provincial Secretary, Culture and Youth, Education and Continuing Education, Health), Humboldt/Regina North East/Regina Dewdney constituency files, election nomination and campaign records, speeches and speaker notes, invitations, Legislative Assembly files, Cabinet planning, conference, convention and party caucus meetings, membership and planning material, Opposition Critic for the Environment, Deputy Leader and general subject files.
Records associated with the Romanow Government include Provincial Secretary files, as well as election and cabinet material from 1991. There are no records in this fonds from 1993-1995 when Tchorzewski served as Minister of Education, Training and Employment and Associate Minister of Finance.
No series assignment has been applied to the records described in this fonds.
Certain early parts of the Tchorzewski fonds contain records created by Gordon MacMurchy as Minister of Education and Minister of Continuing Education and by Bill Allen as a NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly.