Halvar Jonson, Canadian politician, Died at 75

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Halvar de la Cluyse Jonson was born on August 14, 1941, in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada, and died on December 2, 2016.

He was a teacher and high school principal.

Jonson was also a long serving provincial politician from Alberta, Canada.

Jonson served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and cabinet minister in the provincial government from 1982 until 2004.

He served as president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association from 1976 until 1977.

He was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in the 1982 Alberta general election.

Jonson defeated Tom Butterfield from the Western Canada Concept and three other candidates to win his first term in office.

Jonson’s win held the Ponoka electoral district for the Progressive Conservatives.

Because of the redistribution of electoral district boundaries in the 1986 Alberta general election Ponoka was abolished and re-created as Ponoka-Rimbey.

He ran for his second term in the new electoral district and won easily defeating three other candidates.

Jonson stood for a third term in office in the 1989 Alberta general election fending off a strong challenge from Doug Hart of the New Democrats and one other candidate.

Halvar de la Cluyse Jonson passed away at 75 yeras old.

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