WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says former NDP premier Howard Pawley has died.
He was 81.
Current Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger confirmed Pawley’s death on Twitter, saying Manitoba had lost a true champion for social justice.
Pawley was born in Brampton, Ont., in 1934 and spent his youth steeped in politics as his father was an unsuccessful candidate for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the forerunner to the NDP.
After moving to Winnipeg, he tried his hand at teaching before going into law and then politics.
Pawley served as public works and urban affairs minister and as attorney general where his major achievement was following Saskatchewan’s lead to give his province Canada’s second government-run auto insurance system.
He became Manitoba’s second NDP premier in 1981 when the party ousted the one-term administration of Progressive Conservative Sterling Lyon.