Jeff Wilson (politician)

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Jeff Wilson
MLA Jeff Wilson 2013.jpg
MLA for Calgary-Shaw
Assumed office
Preceded by Cindy Ady
Personal details
Born 1977/1978 (age 36–37)[1]
Political party Wildrose Party
Spouse(s) Sally
Residence Calgary
Occupation Communications

Jeff Wilson (born c. 1978) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Shaw.[2] Wilson serves as the Human Services Critic for the Wildrose Official Opposition.[3]

Wilson graduated from Harry Collinge high school in Hinton, Alberta. He completed a broadcasting diploma at Mount Royal college in Calgary in 2000. He worked in the communications field as an employee with AVW-TELAV, a North American audiovisual solutions company. Wilson served as president of the Broadcasting Society from 1999 to 2000 while attending Mount Royal college. An active member of his community, he has volunteered at Calgary’s Ronald McDonald House and with the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. He also serves as a member of the Select Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee. [4]

As a politician, Wilson has been known for his good humour after asking two government ministers "Why are you so awesome?" and the deputy premier, "Why is your hair so awesome?" during Question Period on the last day of the 2012 fall session.[5] In the 2013 spring sitting, Wilson furthered his reputation for good humour when he gained access to the government whip's notepad and sent notes to Progressive Conservative MLAs while in the Legislative Assembly, some of which advised MLAs to more enthusiastically applaud their government colleagues.[6]

Alberta-based political writer and blogger Dave Cournoyer listed Wilson as the 2012 Rookie MLA of the Year in his annual review of Alberta's top MLAs.[7]

Wilson has been an outspoken critic of changes to the funding model for persons with developmental disabilities in the 2013-2014 provincial budget, and has called on government to reduce administrative costs.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Wildrose Jeff Wilson 7,366 45.22% *
Progressive Conservative Farouk Adatia 6,864 42.13% *
Liberal John Roggeveen 1,109 6.81% *
New Democratic Ashley Fairall 615 3.78% *
Alberta Party Brandon Beasley 337 2.07% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %