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Joseph P. (Joe) 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.

Borowski was born in Wishart, Saskatchewan, and was educated at Birchcreek School in that province. He subsequently moved to Sudbury, Ontario, and Thompson, Manitoba, to work as a miner and steelworker. 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. He retired from manual labour in his 30s, and became the owner of a gift shop.

Borowski became a public figure in the late 1960s by camping outside the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for several months in extremely cold weather. His protest was meant to draw attention to the rights of northern Manitobans, to protest the province's low minimum wage in relation to the high salaries given to cabinet ministers, and to protest the provincial sales tax of Dufferin Roblin's government. His presence was a nuisance to many in government, and cabinet minister Stewart McLean eventually had him ejected from the legislative grounds.

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