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A former Conservative member of Parliament was found dead of an apparent heart attack in his parents' home on the weekend.

Scott Thorkelson, 49, was elected in the federal constituency of Edmonton Strathcona in 1988 and served one term in the government of former prime minister Brian Mulroney.

Mr. Thorkelson, who was born in Gimli, Man., was also vice-president of the Alberta wing of the federal Tory party for a time, and later went to Harvard to earn a master's degree in public administration, then returned to Edmonton to begin a career as a financial adviser.

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Earlier this year, Mr. Thorkelson took a stab at re-entering politics by seeking the Conservative nomination in the federal riding of Edmonton St. Albert, but lost in a tight race to Brent Rathgeber.

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