|Leader of the Official Opposition|
December 23, 2014
|Preceded by||Danielle Smith|
|Leader of the Wildrose Party (interim)|
December 22, 2014
|Preceded by||Danielle Smith|
|Minister of Children's Services in the Alberta government|
November 25, 2004 – December 15, 2006
|Preceded by||Iris Evans|
|Succeeded by||Janis Tarchuk|
|Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security in the Alberta government|
March 16, 2001 – November 25, 2004
|Succeeded by||Harvey Cenaiko|
|MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek|
|Preceded by||William Edward Payne|
|Born||Heather Mae Forsyth
August 1, 1950
|Political party||Wildrose (2010-present)
PC Party (1993-2010)
|Occupation||sales and marketing manager|
Heather Mae Forsyth (born August 1, 1950) is a Canadian politician. She was named interim leader of the Wildrose Party on December 22, 2014, following the defection of the previous leader, Danielle Smith, and eight other MLAs. Forsyth is the current member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Fish Creek as a Wildrose Alliance representative. She was a Progressive Conservative until she crossed the floor on January 4, 2010. In the Alberta general election, 2012, Forsyth was reelected along with 16 other Wildrose MLAs to form the Official Opposition. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith appointed Forsyth as Health Critic.
Forsyth was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on August 1, 1950. Prior to being elected into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Forsyth spent 15 years in the advertising industry as a sales and marketing manager, receiving both the Silver Marketing Award and the 1989 President’s Award. During this time, she was also an avid volunteer with various community groups, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Calgary Board of Health, the Alberta Youth Justice Committee, and the Alberta Social Services Appeal Advisory Board.
Forsyth first sought public office in the 1993 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Fish Creek. In that election, she received 55% of the vote. She was reelected in each of the subsequent elections in 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2008, receiving 67%, 75%, 58% and 52% of the vote respectively.
Prior to her appointment to Cabinet, Forsyth was arguably best known for fighting for the issue of child prostitution. Her efforts resulted in the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act, which recognized child prostitutes as victims of sexual abuse in need of protection. Forsyth's work on protecting children earned her the Canadian Hero award from Reader's Digest.
On March 16, 2001, Forsyth was appointed as Alberta’s Solicitor General. Throughout her tenure as Solicitor General, she continued to be a champion for children, launching the high-risk offender website and launching Canada’s first Amber Alert program and passing the Drug Endangered Children Act. The Integrated Response to Organized Crime (IROC) initiative, among other initiatives, was also advanced while she held the office of Solicitor General.
On November 25, 2004, Forsyth became Minister of Children’s Services, a position she held for two years. During this time, she focused her efforts on strengthening families and communities. She passed legislation to protect drug-endangered children (DECA – the first law of its type to be passed in Canada), created Bad Guy Patrol, a website dedicated to children’s education Internet safety through a partnership with Microsoft, and worked on many strategies regarding family violence and bullying.
In 2007, she became chair of the Crime Reduction and Safe Communities Task Force where she met with Albertans and stakeholders to discuss crime in their communities and reported back to the Minister of Justice with her findings.
Forsyth was the chair of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and was a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.
She was re-elected as a Wildrose MLA in the 2012 Alberta Election, winning by just 74 votes over PC candidate Wendelin Fraser in a race which was the last in the entire province to have its winner declared.
On November 14, 2014, Forsyth announced that she will not be standing for re-election in the next general election and will be retiring for personal reasons. Forsyth was not among the nine MLAs, including party leader Danielle Smith, who defected from Wildrose Party on December 17, 2014 in order to cross the floor and join the ruling Progressive Conservative party. On December 22, 2014, she was named interim leader of the party until a permanent leader can be chosen in 2015.
Forsyth is married to Gordon. The couple has two sons together. She enjoys reading, golfing, rock chimbing, gardening and giving back to the community. Forsyth founded and is the current chair of the Peanut Butter Classic Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds through an annual golf tournament to assist women and children. Of the many honours she has received, Forsyth identifies being given the Blackfoot name “Aahsoikinnah-kaiki”, which means healing woman, as one of her greatest.
|1993 Alberta general election results||Turnout 64.11%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Heather Forsyth||7,855||54.65%||6.68%||*|
|Natural Law||Darlene Holt||70||0.49%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||18|
|22,447 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing 3.66%|
|1997 Alberta general election results||Turnout 54.84%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Heather Forsyth||8,274||66.62%||11.97%|
|Social Credit||Jeff Willerton||778||6.26%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||27|
|22,697 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing 12.43%|
|2001 Alberta general election results||Turnout 58.01%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Heather Forsyth||9,716||74.54%||7.92%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||42|
|22,554 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing 5.18%|
|2004 Alberta general election results||Turnout 45.32%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Heather Forsyth||6,829||57.83%||-16.71%|
|Alberta Alliance||Mike Kuipers||781||6.61%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||52|
|26,174 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing -9.46%|
|2008 Alberta general election results||Turnout 42.35%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Heather Forsyth||6,884||52.30%||-5.53%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Jamie Buchan||1,261||9.58%||2.97%||*|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||41|
|31,180 Eligible Electors|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing -6.06%|
|2012 Alberta general election||Turnout %||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Wendelin Fraser||7,626||43.51%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||'|
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