|Mason, giving a speech about campaign financing. Calgary, February 14, 2008|
|Leader of the Alberta New Democrats|
July 13, 2004 – October 18, 2014
|Preceded by||Raj Pannu|
|Succeeded by||Rachel Notley|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton Highlands-Norwood|
|Preceded by||New district|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton Highlands|
|Preceded by||Pam Barrett|
|Succeeded by||District abolished|
October 12, 1953 |
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Alberta|
Brian Mason (born October 12, 1953) is a Canadian politician and was leader of the Alberta New Democrats (NDP) 2004 to 2014. Mason was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood in a 2000 byelection, and his career in politics spans more than 20 years. He was born in Calgary, Alberta.
Mason has lived in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood for over 20 years. He and his wife Karin have two sons, Peter and Alex.
On April 29, 2014, Brian Mason stepped down as leader of Alberta's NDP. Mason is the longest serving NDP MLA in Alberta history.
Early political involvement
Mason is the son of an electrical engineer. His father was a Red Tory who later helped found the Reform Party of Canada while his mother was a Liberal. His grandfather was a Conservative Senator.
Mason first became politically active in the mid-1970s while studying political science at the University of Alberta. He served as executive director of the Federation of Alberta Students from 1977 to 1979. Upon leaving university Mason began working as bus driver with the Edmonton Transit System.
He re-entered politics in 1989 with a dynamic campaign running for Edmonton city council in Ward 3. Mason's campaign came on the heels of a legal challenge he mounted against a provincial law forbidding municipal employees from running as candidates in a civic election unless they resigned their position with the city.
The legal challenge was unsuccessful, however Mason was elected city councilor for Ward 3 in October 1989. Shortly after the election the law Mason challenged was repealed, and municipal workers in Edmonton are today allowed to run for civic office without resigning their positions. Mason remained on city council until 2000.
In 2000, following the mid-term resignation of the then leader of the New Democrats Pam Barrett of MLA Edmonton Highlands, Mason left city council and ran for the NDP in the ensuing by-election. He easily held the Legislative Assembly seat and was re-elected in the 2001 provincial election.
Mason was appointed the role of interim party leader for the NDP following the resignation of then leader Raj Pannu in July 2004. He became the official leader of Alberta's NDP on September 18, 2004, following a vote at the party convention.
Mason held his seat during the provincial election in 2004, which saw the caucus welcome the return of former leaders Pannu and Ray Martin, along with newcomer David Eggen. In the provincial election of 2008 Mason again retained his seat, and was joined in caucus by newly elected NDP MLA Rachel Notley from Edmonton-Strathcona, the seat previously held by Pannu.
During his tenure as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Mason has become the outspoken champion of issues such as:
- Protecting public health care and long-term care
- Defending senior citizens
- Diversifying Alberta's economy
- Refining more bitumen in the province
- Banning political contributions from corporations and unions (like what has been done federally)
- Denouncing PC electricity deregulation
- Increasing education funding
- Regulating automobile insurance rates
Provincial public consultations
In recent years Mason has hosted various community meetings around the province of Alberta. In 2009, Mason hosted a Round Table forum to discuss provincial budget concerns with a wide cross-section of Albertans. In 2009 and 2010, Mason hosted two provincial tours, each visiting several Alberta communities.
The first tour took place in September 2009, with the public forums focusing on health care concerns, and resulted in the publication of the What People Want report. This report included more than 35 recommendations for health care reforms that would protect public services and improve the general health of Albertans.
The second tour took place in May 2010, where the NDP again held public consultations. This time they invited Albertans to discuss concerns over the future of Alberta's energy economy and environment, as well as the erosion of public health services including long-term care.
Edmonton Highlands-Norwood riding results, 2004 to present
2004 general election
|2004 Alberta general election results
|Progressive Conservative||Terry Martinuk||2,208||22.84%||*|
|Alberta Alliance||Ray Loyer||305||3.15%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||91|
|20,681 Eligible Electors|
|NDP pickup new district||Swing N/A|
2008 general election
|2008 Alberta general election results
|Progressive Conservative||Andrew Beniuk||2,978||31.92%||9.08%||*|
|Wildrose Alliance||Travis Loewen||245||2.63%||-0.52||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||39|
|28,795 Eligible Electors|
|NDP hold||Swing -10.38%|
- "About Brian Mason". Alberta's NDP. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
- Brian Mason to step down as Alberta NDP leader
- "Brian Mason resigns as leader of Alberta NDP". CBC News. April 28, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- "Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 302–305.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brian Mason.|
- Alberta NDP Opposition homepage (caucus)
- Alberta NDP homepage (party)
- Party info about Brian Mason
- Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography