|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
September 14, 2009 – 2012
|Preceded by||Ron Stevens|
|Succeeded by||Linda Johnson|
November 22, 2004 – March 3, 2008
|Preceded by||Broyce Jacobs|
|Succeeded by||Broyce Jacobs|
|Leader of the Alberta Alliance and Wildrose Alliance|
November 19, 2005 – October 17, 2009
|Preceded by||Eleanor Maroes|
|Succeeded by||Danielle Smith|
|Born||1959 (age 53–54)
|Political party||Wildrose Alliance|
|Children||Mark, Jordan, Tanner, Janna|
|Alma mater||University of Alberta|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Paul Hinman (born 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a provincial politician and small business entrepreneur from Alberta, Canada. He was formerly the leader of the Wildrose Alliance. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2004 to 2008 representing the electoral district of Cardston-Taber-Warner. On September 14, 2009, Hinman returned to the Legislative Assembly by winning a by-election in Calgary-Glenmore but lost his bid for re-election on April 23, 2012.
Hinman has been active in the Scouts Canada organization since his childhood and continues to maintain his involvement with the program through leadership roles as an adult. He enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains and horseback riding.
Hinman became politically aware at an early age, through his grand father Edgar "Ted" Hinman who served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cardston and as Provincial Treasurer in the Social Credit government under Ernest Manning.
Hinman prior to winning his seat in the Alberta Legislature was an irrigation farmer, cow-calf producer, purebred-cattle breeder, feedlot operator and small-business entrepreneur. He attended the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy.
Today Hinman currently resides near his childhood home in Calgary.
Hinman became politically active working for the Reform Party of Canada in the early years. He served on policy and election committees. He later served positions in the Conservative Party of Canada. He serves as a board member for the federal Conservative Party of Canada in the electoral district of Lethbridge.
In provincial politics, he was the southern regional director for the Alberta First Party. Hinman served as vice-president of policy for the Alberta Alliance Party party from its founding convention on February 14, 2002, until he was named deputy leader on January 8, 2005.
MLA of Cardston-Taber-Warner
He defeated incumbent Broyce Jacobs who was affiliated with the Progressive Conservatives by 129 votes to capture the riding and pickup the district for the Alberta Alliance banner. He was the only person elected under the Alliance banner for the party that election. His win helped to retain the seat the Alliance gained in the Legislature when Edmonton-Norwood MLA Gary Masyk crossed the floor in June 2004.
His win was historic as he became the first person elected under a fourth party banner in the Alberta Legislature since 1986.
Former Alberta Alliance leader Randy Thorsteinson stepped down as leader of the party shortly after the 2004 provincial election.
After a vigorous campaign, Hinman won the election on the third ballot at the leadership convention held on November 19, 2005 in Red Deer, Alberta to take over the party from interim leader Eleanor Maroes.
Under Hinman's leadership, the Alberta Alliance and the upstart Wildrose Party of Alberta merged to unite the right wing of the political spectrum in Alberta at a convention held on January 19, 2008 in Calgary.
In the 2008 provincial election, held just weeks after the merger convention, Hinman lost to his Progressive Conservative opponent, Broyce Jacobs by 39 votes. The party improved its popular vote in the riding although Hinman only campaigned in the riding for five days. The party also improved its popular vote in most of the other ridings where it ran candidates, but was unable to pick up any seats.
Hinman received accolades during the campaign for his performance in the televised leaders debate.
A year later, Hinman stepped down as leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party, triggering a leadership convention on October 2009 in Edmonton. Hinman remained interim leader of the Alliance until the election of Danielle Smith as party leader on October 17. Like Smith, he is a libertarian.
On May 15, 2009 Calgary-Glenmore MLA Ron Stevens announced his resignation to accept a position as a judge. Hinman ran in the ensuing by-election, seeking to return to the legislature from a riding where he had grown up and where he was currently living. Hinman was selected as the Wildrose Alliance candidate at a well-attended nomination meeting and subsequently won the by-election with 37% of the vote. The Alberta Liberal Party candidate won 34% and the Progressive Conservative candidate 26%.
- "Alberta Votes 2008 Paul Hinman". Calgary Herald.
- "Hinman to run in Calgary byelection". Lethbridge Herald. 25 June 2009. p. A2.
- "Our Leader - Paul Hinman". Wildrose Alliance Party. Retrieved August 9. 2009.
- "Alberta lawmaker defects from Klein's Conservatives". CBC News. June 30, 2004.
- Renata D'Aliesio (May 7, 2009). "How Paul Hinman lost his seat in the legislature". Calgary Herald.
- "Smith elected Wildrose Party leader". CBC News. 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- Braid, Don (16 September 2009). "Plain-spoken Hinman refreshed after time away". Calgary Herald.
- Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Listing
- Wildrose Alliance Party website
- Send Ed A Message Paul Hinman candidate for Calgary-Glenmore