Joe Borowski

Born Dec 12, 1933

Joseph P. Borowski (December 12, 1933-September 23, 1996) was a Canadian politician and activist. From 1969 to 1971, he was a cabinet minister in Manitoba Premier Edward Schreyer's New Democratic Party (NDP) government. Subsequently, he gained national fame for his opposition to abortion.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born in 1933.


1964 31 Years Old Borowski was Vice-President of the United Steelworkers of America Local 6166 in 1964-65, and helped to win municipal incorporation for Thompson at around the same time. … Read More
1965 32 Years Old His first such action, in 1965, was intended as a protest against the lack of free municipal elections in Thompson. … Read More
He had become a local celebrity through his protest, however, and was drafted by the Manitoba NDP to campaign in a February 1969 by-election in the northern riding of Churchill. … Read More
1970 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Russell Doern, who joined cabinet in 1970, later claimed that Borowski's popularity rivalled that of the Premier during this period.
1971 38 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 17, 1971, Borowski made derogatory comments about aboriginal Canadians, veterans and people with disabilities during an address to NDP supporters in Winnipeg. … Read More
1972 39 Years Old Borowski finally left the NDP caucus on June 25, 1972, arguing that the Schreyer government's new film censorship board would not adequately prevent pornographic movies from entering the province. … Read More


1973 40 Years Old In the provincial election of 1973, Borowski ran as an independent candidate in the north-end Winnipeg riding of Point Douglas, and lost to NDP incumbent Donald Malinowski by more than 2,500 votes. … Read More
1977 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly before the 1977 provincial election, Borowski placed a large advertisement in the Winnipeg Free Press which purported to describe the views of several MLAs on the subject of abortion. … Read More
1981 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, Borowski went on an eighty-day hunger strike to protest the absence of a provision for the unborn in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


1988 55 Years Old In 1988, he released a document that called for "all known gays" to be quarantined from the rest of society until the AIDS epidemic had subsided. … Read More


1996 63 Years Old Borowski died of cancer in 1996. … Read More
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