Fred Horne

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Fred Horne
MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford
Assumed office
Preceded by Rick Miller
Minister of Health and Wellness
In office
Succeeded by Stephen Mandel
Personal details
Born (1961-08-25) August 25, 1961 (age 53)
Whitby, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Jennifer
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Alma mater Royal Roads University
York University
Occupation health policy consultant

Frederick Thomas Horne (born August 25, 1961) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Rutherford as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Horne, a former debater, moved from Ontario to Alberta in 1992 to accept the position of executive director with the Alberta Debating and Speech Association. He later coached Team Canada at the World Schools Debating Championships. Prior to his election, he spent 25 years as a health policy consultant, working with various governments, health professional bodies, and research organizations to develop health care. Horne holds a master of business administration degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia and a postgraduate certification in dispute resolution from York University.

Political career[edit]

Horne was unsuccessful in his first bid to become an MLA. In the 2004 provincial election, he lost to Liberal leader Kevin Taft by almost 7,000 votes in the constituency of Edmonton-Riverview. After the election, he became executive assistant to then Health Minister Dave Hancock, a position in which he served until the next election.

In the 2008 provincial election, Horne recaptured the Edmonton-Rutherford constituency for the Progressive Conservatives after Liberal Rick Miller overcame Tory Ian McClelland in 2004. He defeated Miller by 62 votes to win, the second-closest race of all 83 provincial constituencies.

After his election to the Alberta Legislature, Horne chaired the Standing Committee on Health, which was tasked with examining Bill 24, the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act. The proposed legislation concerns personal and financial substitute decision-making for mentally incapacitated adults.

On October 12, 2011, Horne was appointed the Minister of Health and Wellness.[1] He was shuffled out of Cabinet on September 15, 2014.[2]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Edmonton-Rutherford ) Turnout 45.8%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Fred Horne 5,226 43%
     Wildrose Alliance John Balhoun 378 3%
     Liberal Rick Miller 5,162 42%
Greens Katherine Wyrostok 349 3%
     NDP Mike Butler 1,178 10%
Total 12,293 100%


Order of precedence
Preceded by
Diana McQueen
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Ken Hughes