Gene Zwozdesky

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The Honourable
Gene Zwozdesky
Gene Zwozdesky - Jun 2013.JPG
Zwozdesky at a charity function in June 2013
12th Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly[1]
Assumed office
May 23, 2012
Preceded by Ken Kowalski
MLA for Edmonton Mill Creek
Assumed office
Preceded by New District
MLA for Edmonton Avonmore
In office
Preceded by Marie Laing
Succeeded by District Abolished
Personal details
Born (1948-07-24) July 24, 1948 (age 66)
Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Political party Progressive Conservative
Other political
Liberal (1993-1998)

Gene Zwozdesky, MLA (born July 24, 1948) is a politician and current Speaker of The Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada.

Zwozdeksy, was born in Saskatchewan but came to Alberta at the age of two. He lived in Grand Centre, Hinton and Sangudo before moving to Edmonton, where he has lived in 1963 and where he obtain bachelor's degrees in arts and education from the University of Alberta. Before becoming involved in politics Zwozdesky worked as a teacher, administrator, professional musician and businessman. Zwozdesky joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1963, and was dancer for that troupe for six years, before becoming the musical director, composing and conducting the music for twenty-five years,[2] as well as serving in the same role for the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company. He was involved in various other cultural organizations, was the executive director of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Alberta Ukrainian Canadian Centennial Commission, and has served on various voluntary boards.[3]

Zwozdesky was first elected in the 1993 Alberta general election as the Alberta Liberal Party's candidate, defeating incumbent Marie Laing from the Alberta New Democratic Party. He was re-elected to the new riding of Edmonton Mill Creek in the 1997 Alberta general election.

In July 1998, he left the Liberal Party caucus and sat as an Independent member after a dispute over fiscal policy. He joined the governing Progressive Conservatives a month later. In the 2001 Alberta general election he won by a generous margin over the Liberal challenger Bharat Agnihotri.

He was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Community Development, after hanging on to his seat in the 2004 Alberta general election he was appointed Minister of Education.

On December 15, 2006, he was replaced in Premier Ed Stelmach's cabinet by Ron Liepert. He again joined the Alberta Cabinet on June 27, 2007 as Associate Minister for Capital Planning. As of 2008, he is the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Deputy Government House Leader. He is also co-chair of the Advisory Council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations, co-chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Safety and Services, and a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.[3]

Zwozdesky has won numerous awards from cultural and arts organizations, as well as the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal.[3]

Gene was re-elected in the 2012 provincial election as an incumbent PC candidate.

Electoral Record[edit]

1997 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 56.14% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Liberal Gene Zwozdesky 6,757 51.91% *
     Progressive Conservative Sukhi Randhawa 3,679 28.27% *
     NDP Stephen Crocker 1,804 13.86% *
     Social Credit Christie Forget 776 5.96% *
Total 13,016 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 18
23,216 Eligible Electors
     Liberal pickup new district Swing N/A
2001 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 55.41% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gene Zwozdesky 8,085 55.66% 27.39% 3.75%
     Liberal Bharat Agnihotri 4,229 29.12% -22.79% *
     NDP Edwin Villania 1,893 13.03% -0.83% *
     Alberta First Kyle Harvey 220 1.51% *
Greens Harlan Light 97 0.68% *
Total 14,524 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 53
26,307 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold from floor crossing Swing 25.09%
2004 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 49.77% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gene Zwozdesky 5,070 42.08% -13.58%
     Liberal Aman Gill 4,289 35.60% 6.48% *
     NDP Nathan Taylor 1,709 14.18% 1.15% *
     Alberta Alliance Robert Alford 523 4.34% *
Greens Eric Stieglitz 386 3.20% 2.52% *
     Independent Cameron Johnson 72 0.60% *
Total 12,049 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 104
24,419 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -10.03%
2008 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 41.87% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gene Zwozdesky 6,857 50.79% 8.71%
     Liberal Aman Gill 4,058 30.05% -5.55%
     NDP Stephen Anderson 1,822 13.49% -0.69% *
Greens Glen Argan 726 5.37% 2.17% *
     Communist Naomi Rankin 41 0.30% *
Total 13,504 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 127
32,553 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 7.13%
2012 Alberta general election[8] Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Gene Zwozdesky 6,633 55.07% *
     Wildrose Adam Corsaut 2,193 18.21% *
     Liberal Mike Butler 1,640 13.62% *
     NDP Evelinne Teichgrabber 1,336 11.09% *
     Alberta Party Judy Wilson 198 1.64% *
     Communist Naomi Rankin 44 0.37% *
Total 12,044 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing %


  1. ^ "Premier Redford welcomes Gene Zwozdesky as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly". Government of Alberta. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
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  4. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grande Prairie-Wapiti Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton-Mill Creek Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 320–323. 
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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Alison Redford, former premier of Alberta
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2014
Succeeded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Canada