Drew Barnes

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Drew Barnes
Drew Barnes.jpg
MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Leonard Mitzel
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 53–54)[1]
Moosomin, Saskatchewan
Political party Wildrose Party
Spouse(s) Frances
Children 3
Residence Medicine Hat
Education University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce
Occupation real estate

Drew Barnes (born 1961) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Cypress-Medicine Hat.[2] He was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan.[3] He is the Infrastructure and Transportation Critic for the Wildrose Official Opposition.[4]

Barnes has been a resident of Medicine Hat since 1974, where he lives with his wife Frances and three sons. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1983, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He previously attended Camrose Lutheran College. Barnes owned and managed a real estate office for 26 years until 2009. An entrepreneur and businessman, Barnes owns a number of businesses in Medicine Hat, including a construction company, a storage facility and a property management company. He also owns commercial and residential property all over southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan and has irrigation and ranchland, raising commercial beef and rodeo stock.[5] He has been an active community volunteer with Kiwanis Club, serving as past president, and was past chair of the United Way. He has also been active owning construction, storage and property businesses, as well as irrigated land and ranching interests.[6]

In August 2012, Barnes and Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills MLA Shayne Saskiw went on a fact finding mission to Fort McMurray to learn more about the notoriously dangerous Highway 63.[7] Barnes and Saskiw called on the government to release a timeline for the completion of twinning the highway.

As the Infrastructure and Transportation Critic with the Wildrose Official Opposition, Barnes has also been an outspoken critic of the government’s infrastructure planning.[8]

Barnes, MLA Rob Anderson, and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith of the Wildrose Official Opposition called for the government to balance the budget while building $48 billion in infrastructure over 10 years, in the Wildrose Caucus's “10 Year Debt-Free Capital Plan.”[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wildrose candidate Drew Barnes hosts open house". Bow Island Commentator. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  2. ^ Alberta Election 2012: Riding-by-riding results
  3. ^ About Drew Barnes
  4. ^ "Wildrose MLAs". Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Drew Barnes biography". Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes". Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Wildrose MLAs challenge government on twinning". Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Wildrose Infrastructure Plan Announced". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Alberta opposition releases debt free infrastructure plan". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2013-06-05.