- Linda Asper
Linda Asper is a politician in
Manitoba, Canada. Originally a New DemocratFact|date=February 2007, she joined the Liberal Party and then later returned to the New Democratic Party during the 1990s. She was a member of the Manitoba legislaturefrom 1999to 2003. [cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1999/08/17/mb_ndpdayone081799.html|title=Doer rallies candidates on day one
Asper holds a Ph.D. in Education, and had an extensive career as an educator before entering political life. She was a Winnipeg school trustee for the Seine River division, and served as President of the
Manitoba Teachers' Societyand Vice-President of the Canadian Teachers' Federationfor a period of time. Asper was also a member of the Faculty Council of the University of Manitoba, and served on the board of governors at St. Boniface College. In addition to her career in education, she was a member of the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women.
By 1999, Asper had crossed over to the New Democratic Party. In that year's provincial election, she was elected as a New Democratic for the Winnipeg riding of Riel, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent David Newman 4833 votes to 4559.
In April 2003, Asper announced that she was leaving politics to take a position with
Education Internationalan advocacy group based in Brussels, Belgium. Asper now promotes the rights of both children and educators on an international level, and has been a vocal opponent of child labourpractices.
Linda Asper was the sister-in-law of the late
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