|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
|Preceded by||Denis Herard|
|Constituency||Calgary-Egmont (2008-2012) Calgary-Acadia (2012-present)|
September 22, 1976 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Alma mater||University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan|
Jonathan Brian Denis, MLA QC (born September 22, 1976 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. On May 9, 2012, he was named Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Minister of Justice for the province of Alberta. He represents the constituency of Calgary-Acadia (formerly Calgary-Egmont) as a Progressive Conservative in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is of German descent.
Early life and education
He received a commerce degree from the University of Regina in 1997 and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 2000. While in law school, Denis was invited as a speaker at an international law conference in Montreal, Quebec.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Denis was a senior associate, specializing in government relations, at Miller Thomson LLP, a major Canadian law firm. He was also the co-founder and President of 3D Contact Inc., the other founder being Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre Listed contacts of 3D Contact Inc. are Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, and Ted Morton. He was also the founder of a successful real estate investment firm named Liberty West Properties Inc. Denis resigned from both positions after being elected.
In 1996, Denis was a staffer of Independent MLA Lynda Haverstock. for approximately two months. After completing law school, Denis moved to Calgary and began articling. During this time, he became active in the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and the Canadian Alliance and later the Conservative Party of Canada. Denis sought public office for the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Egmont where he received 43.6% of the vote. He has served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund, the Public Accounts Committee, the Standing Committee on Health, and the Cabinet Policy Committee on Health.
Deputy Premier Ron Stevens also appointed Denis to the Alberta/Alaska Bilateral Council.
In the summer of 2008, Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert asked Denis to conduct a widely-based consultation for the Alberta Pharmaceutical Strategy. Denis's report came up with ten key recommendations for changes to pharmaceutical policy for the Alberta government.
Also in 2008, Sustainable Resources Minister Ted Morton appointed Denis to the Land Use Framework Committee 
On September 16, 2009, Denis was named the Parliamentary Assistant for Energy.
On December 31, 2009, Denis received the designation "QC", a title recognizing members of the legal profession who are "distinguished and experienced" practitioners.
On January 15, 2010, Denis was sworn in as Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs as well as Deputy Government House Leader. The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation wrote an article praising Denis for reducing spending in his department by 39% while still achieving targets.
In October, 2010, Denis was named as one of Avenue Magazine's "Top 40 under 40", which the magazine describes as "an annual selection of the brightest and most active leaders under the age of 40".
On October 12, 2011, Denis was sworn in as Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security.
The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation has twice given Denis a "nice" award for having the best expenses in the entire Alberta government, calling his expenses "boring".
Law and order
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Egmont )||Turnout 43.7%|
|Progressive Conservative||Jonathan Denis||5415||43.6%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Barry Chase||676||5.4%|
- Referenced in candidate bio in a February 19, 2008 Calgary Sun article
- Bottom of Top 40 under 40 article, Avenue Magazine
- Referenced in 1999 University of Saskatchewan press release.
- "Miller Thomson LLP".
- "3D Contact Inc.".
- "Blue Energy Communications Inc.".
- "Poilievre brings robocall expertise to new job".
- "Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan Hansard from May 6, 1998" (PDF).
- "Haverstock was an independent MLA at that time".
- "Denis' Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "MLA Appointments to Committees".
- "Alberta Pharmaceutical Strategy" (PDF)., see p. 5
- "MLA committee to support work on key land-use priorities". July 15, 2008.
- "QC Appointments Announced".
- "New cabinet announced".
- "In the spotlight" (PDF).
- "Jonathan Denis, Top 40 under 40".
- "Avenue Magazine, Top 40 under 40".
- "Editorial: Redford's cabinet of change". Edmonton Journal.
- "Editorial: Denis on the "nice" list". Calgary Sun.
- "Province earmarks $227M for RCMP=St. Albert Leader". St. Albert Leader.
- "Justice Minister Jonathon Denis funds 300 new police officers in the cities=Calgary Sun". Calgary Sun.
- "Chief Electoral Officer's Report for 2008 Alberta election" (PDF).
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