Jonathan Denis

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The Honourable
Jonathan Denis
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Assumed office
Preceded by Denis Herard
Constituency Calgary-Egmont (2008-2012) Calgary-Acadia (2012-present)
Personal details
Born (1976-09-22) September 22, 1976 (age 38)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Breanna Palmer
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan
Occupation Lawyer, businessperson
Religion Christian

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.[1]

He was first elected in the 2008 provincial election and was appointed to cabinet in January 2010, making him the second youngest person to be named to cabinet in Alberta history.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[3]


Prior to becoming an MLA, Denis was a senior associate, specializing in government relations, at Miller Thomson LLP,[4] a major Canadian law firm. He was also the co-founder and President of 3D Contact Inc.,[5] the other founder being Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre Listed contacts of 3D Contact Inc. are Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, and Ted Morton.[6] He was also the founder of a successful real estate investment firm named Liberty West Properties Inc.[7] Denis resigned from both positions after being elected.

Political career[edit]

In 1996, Denis was a staffer of Independent MLA Lynda Haverstock.[8] for approximately two months.[9] 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.[10]

Deputy Premier Ron Stevens also appointed Denis to the Alberta/Alaska Bilateral Council.[11]

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.[12]

Also in 2008, Sustainable Resources Minister Ted Morton appointed Denis to the Land Use Framework Committee [13]

On September 16, 2009, Denis was named the Parliamentary Assistant for Energy.[10]

On December 31, 2009, Denis received the designation "QC",[14] 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.[15] The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation wrote an article praising Denis for reducing spending in his department by 39% while still achieving targets.[16]

In October, 2010, Denis was named as one of Avenue Magazine's "Top 40 under 40",[17] which the magazine describes as "an annual selection of the brightest and most active leaders under the age of 40".[18]

On October 12, 2011, Denis was sworn in as Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security.[19]


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".[20]

Law and order[edit]

Denis has pursued a "law and order" policy on crime, increasing the amount of RCMP in rural areas [21] and a provincial grant for 300 new police officers in the cities.[22]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Egmont )[citation needed] Turnout 43.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Jonathan Denis 5415 43.6%
     Liberal Cathie Williams 3289 26.5%
     Independent Craig Chandler 2008 16.2%
     Wildrose Alliance Barry Chase 676 5.4%
Greens Mark MacGillvray 582 4.7%
     NDP Jason Nishiyama 447 3.6%
Total 12417 100%



Order of precedence
Preceded by
Verlyn Olson
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Doug Griffiths