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He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 general election as a Progressive Conservative from Alberta. He served as a parliamentary secretary to several ministers in the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Following Mulroney's resignation as PC leader and prime minister in 1993, Edwards was a candidate at the PC leadership convention held to choose a successor. He placed third.
He was appointed Chief Government Whip and President of the Treasury Board in the short lived cabinet of Prime Minister Kim Campbell. He lost his seat in that year's 1993 election that reduced the Tories to only two Members of Parliament in the House.
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament Edmonton South|
|Member of Parliament Edmonton Southwest|