Mike Lake (politician)
Michael S. Lake
|Member of Parliament
for Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
|Preceded by||David Kilgour|
June 4, 1969 |
New Westminster, British Columbia
|Profession||businessman, sports executive|
Michael Stanley "Mike" Lake, PC (born June 4, 1969) is a business person and politician in Alberta, Canada. In 2008, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of Industry by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Lake was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He grew up in Devon, Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. After graduating from university, he began a career with the Edmonton Oilers ice hockey team as a sales manager and director of ticket sales as their national accounts manager.
He is married and has two children, his son has autism and thus is a member of the Edmonton Autism Society. He is involved in the Alberta Foster Care Program.
2006 federal election
Mike Lake won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the riding of Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont defeating 7 time candidate Tim Uppal. The nomination proved to be significant since popular long time Liberal incumbent David Kilgour had chosen to retire, creating a power vacuum in the riding.
Lake went on to win the vacant riding in a landslide victory in the 2006 federal election. Pundits had predicted the race would be closer as the Liberal Party of Canada had held the district and its predecessor ridings since 1991.
In his first term as a representative in the Canadian House of Commons, Lake was presented with a very unusual petition signed by almost 500 individuals calling for Bigfoot to be protected under the Species at Risk Act. Lake filed the petition with the Clerk of the House of Commons on March 28, 2007. When interviewed, Lake said that he did not believe in Bigfoot, but filed the petition as a service to constituents without making any judgment call.
Lake held a breakfast to raise funds for autism research, saying “As much as it’s important to raise money for the Autism Society to do the great work they do, I think it’s equally important for the community to come out,” said Lake. “Just the fact that the community comes out and supports the families from Edmonton dealing with autism is outstanding. The support we’ve had from the community over the years is just tremendous and something that I know the families are very, very appreciative of.”
Lake holds regular constituent round table meetings at his constituency office in Mill Woods, Edmonton. At a round table meeting held Nov. 30, 2013, he said he would never vote in favour of assisted suicide.