Alberta Progressive Conservative party members are heading to the polls next month to determine former premier Ed Stelmach’s successor.
Six candidates have stepped forward, each with different skill sets and levels of experience. The Journal learned more about each of the candidates so that our Alberta based readership could have a closer look at the people that may be leading their province come September.
Redford has been actively involved in provincial and national politics since the 1980s and has served in the office of the Prime Minister. She has worked as a technical advisor for the UN on constitutional and legal reform in Africa, and was elected as one of four UN Secretary Generals charged with overseeing Afghanistan’s parliamentary election. Redford was appointed Justice Minister and Attorney General in 2008 and oversaw major improvements in Alberta’s justice system and public safety.
Griffiths was elected MLA for Wainwright in 2002. At 29 years old he was the youngest MLA serving in the province and is currently in his third term representing his constituency. Griffiths co-authored the government report Rural Alberta: The Land of Opportunity and the book 13 Ways To Kill Your Community. During his time as a public servant, Griffiths has reportedly visited the majority of Albertas 422 communities.ii
Horner was elected MLA of Spruce Grove – Sturgeon – St. Alberta in 2001 and served as a cabinet minister in three provincial governments under two Premiers. Horner served as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2004 to 2006 where he worked closely with the agricultural sector to re-open international trade during the BSE outbreak. Horner also served as the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology from 2006 to 2011 where he helped to create Campus Alberta. As a former member of the Canadian Forces, Horner was a staunch advocate of servicemen and helped to enact the adoption of military leave in Alberta’s employment standards act.
Mar was first elected to the Alberta legislature in 2003 and has served as Minister of Community Development, InterGovernmental Relations, Education, Health and Wellness and Environment over a 14 year period. Mar was appointed Alberta’s official representative in Washington in 2007, where he represented Alberta’s interest to US policy makes. As a lawyer, Mar has provided voluntary legal service to lower income Albertans.
Orman has been a lifelong member of the PC party, and was elected as the MLA for Calgary-Montrose in 1986, where he represented his constituency with much acclaim until 1993 when he joined the party’s leadership race, placing third. Orman is a deeply involved volunteer and has worked with the Calgary chamber of commerce, the Chrysalis foundation and the foundation for the mentally and physically handicapped.
Morton was elected as a Senator in waiting in 1998, and worked in Ottawa as the director of policy and research for the Canadian Alliance party. He was elected MLA for Foothills-Rocky View in 2004 and served as the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development from 2006-2010 and the Minister of Finance from 2010 to January of 2011. Morton held a teaching position at the University of Calgary from 1981-2004 and was voted one of the establishment’s favorite professors by McLean’s magazine.