Ken Nicol (politician)

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Ken Nicol
MLA
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
March 15, 2001 – March 26, 2004
Preceded by Nancy MacBeth
Succeeded by Kevin Taft
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
In office
2001–2004
Preceded by Nancy MacBeth
Succeeded by Don Massey (interim)
MLA for Lethbridge East
In office
1993 election – 2004
Preceded by Archibald D. Johnston
Succeeded by Bridget Pastoor
Personal details
Born (1944-05-03) May 3, 1944 (age 70)
Political party Alberta Liberal Party
Profession Academic

Ken Nicol is a Canadian politician and academic.

He served as the MLA for Lethbridge-East from 1993 to 2004. During his final three years, he was the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, and leader of the official opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He was credited with bringing a more conciliatory approach in the legislature, different from his prececessor Nancy MacBeth, however his soft-spoken nature did not help the party rise in polls.

He left provincial politics to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Lethbridge in 2004, but lost in a landslide to incumbent Rick Casson.

Nicol is currently an associate professor at the University of Lethbridge.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Dick Johnstone
MLA Lethbridge East
1993-2004
Succeeded by
Bridget Pastoor