Link Byfield

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Link Byfield
Link Byfield Photo By Don Klein.jpg
Personal details
Born Eric Linkord Byfield
1951/1952 (age 62–63)
Political party Wildrose Alliance 2008-
Wildrose Party of Alberta 2007
Independent 2004-2006
Spouse(s) Joanne Byfield
Children Elias Byfield
Colman Byfield
Silas Byfield
Elise Byfield
Profession Publisher
2004 Senator Nominee
Religion Catholic
Awards Alberta Centennial Medal 2005

Eric Linkord (Link) Byfield (born circa 1952) is a news columnist, author and politician.[1]

Columnist and Writer[edit]

Byfield was editor and publisher for the now defunct Alberta Report magazine for 18 years.[2] He is the son of conservative columnist Ted Byfield. Like his father, Byfield has been a columnist for the Calgary Sun[3] and has also occasionally been published in the Calgary Herald, National Post,[4] Globe and Mail[5] and Winnipeg Free Press.[6]


Byfield is the founder of the Citizens Centre for Freedom and Democracy, a lobby group dedicated to "advocating responsible government."[7]

Senator in Waiting[edit]

Link Byfield was the first to declare his candidacy for the 2004 Senator in waiting election on September 27, 2004.[8] He decided to remain Independent of the other parties, and was one of two Independent Senator-in-waiting candidates—the other being Tom Sindlinger.

He was elected to the 4th and final spot in the block vote with 236,382 votes. He is the first independent senator in waiting, and the first independent elected in an Alberta election since Raymond Speaker and Walt Buck in 1982.

In 2005, Byfield received the Alberta Centennial Medal.[9]

Provincial Politics[edit]

Byfield helped found the Wildrose Party of Alberta in 2007, which merged with the Alberta Alliance Party on January 19, 2008, shortly before a provincial general election was called. He unsuccessfully contested the riding of Whitecourt-Ste. Anne for the post-merger Wildrose Alliance in that 2008 election.[10]

The party dropped "Alliance" from its name for media purposes prior to the 2012 general election and Byfield ran as the Wildrose Party candidate for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock in that April election.[11][12] Byfield lost by a narrow margin, falling short of the Progressive Conservative candidate by less than 5% of the vote.[13]