Joan Crockatt

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Joan Crockatt
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Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
Assumed office
November 26, 2012
Preceded by Lee Richardson
Personal details
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 59)
Lloydminster, Alberta
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Profession Journalist

Joan Crockatt (born December 5, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election on November 26, 2012.[1] A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, she represents the electoral district of Calgary Centre.

Prior to her election to Parliament, Crockatt worked in journalism and media for over 20 years.

Personal life[edit]

Crockatt was born and raised in Lloydminster. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded a Southam Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Toronto. She studied strategic thinking at the London School of Economics.[2]

Crockatt has been an active community volunteer, chairing the Alberta College of Art and Design's major fundraiser for student scholarships, being a founder of the Lloydminster Sexual Assault Centre, serving as a mentor for the Famous Five Foundation, and competing as a competitive synchronized figure skater (1993 Canadian Silver Medal, 2003 Canadian Festival Silver Medal).[2]


Crockatt has worked as director of editorial for CanWest Global Communications, and managing editor and editorialist for the Calgary Herald. For the past decade, before election to parliament, she has been a communications consultant, working for clients including the Calgary Stampede, corporations and non-profits.[2]


During her career in journalism, much of Crockatt's work focused on politics. She has appeared as a political commentator on CBC News Network and Sun News Network.[2]

In November 2012, Crockatt won a by-election against Liberal candidate Harvey Locke and Green candidate Chris Turner, focusing her campaign on door-knocking and personal interactions with constituents.[3]

She serves on the Standing Committees for Natural Resources and the Status of Women.[4]

Since being elected she has been a featured speaker at the 2013 annual Manning Conference in Ottawa, where she took part on a panel to discuss issues of gender and politics.[5] She has been named one of the top 10 Alberta politicians in the use of social media.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, November 26, 2012: Calgary Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Joan Crockatt 10,191 36.87 −20.81 $95,251
Liberal Harvey Locke 9,033 32.68 +15.15 $97,025
Green Chris Turner 7,090 25.65 +15.74 $100,180
New Democratic Dan Meades 1,064 3.85 −11.01 $90,148
Independent Antoni Grochowski 141 0.51 $0
Libertarian Tony Prashad 121 0.44 $255
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,640 100.00 $102,128.86
Total rejected ballots 92
Turnout 27,732 29.51
Eligible voters 93,984
Conservative hold Swing −35.96
By-election due to the resignation of Lee Richardson.
Source: "November 26, 2012 By-elections". Elections Canada. November 27, 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 


  1. ^ "Tories hold Calgary Centre in byelection as Victoria race tight". CBC News, November 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Joan Crockatt Profile". Joan Crockatt MP website. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Conservative nominee seen as polarizing candidate in Calgary riding". The Globe and Mail. November 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joan Crockatt Parliamentary Profile". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Manning Conference 2013 Website". Manning Conference 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best Alberta MPs and MLAs On Twitter: Our List Of The Politicians To Follow". HuffPost. January 26, 2013. 

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