|Member of Parliament
1968 Federal election – 1979 Federal election
|Succeeded by||Gordon Taylor|
June 12, 1933 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Federal political career
Schumacher first ran for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1968 Federal election, and was elected to represent Palliser in Alberta. He would serve in the Canadian House of Commons for a total of three terms.
As a result of redistribution for what would be the 1979 federal election, Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark and Schumacher saw their ridings abolished. Schumacher intended to seek the nomination in the new riding of Bow River which included much of his old district, but was asked by party officials to step aside in favour of Clark, and seek another riding instead. Schumacher refused and while Clark ended up running in Yellowhead, Schumacher was challenged for the Bow River nomination by Gordon Taylor and lost in a controversial meeting in which Schumacher's supporters alleged that people who were not bona fide members of the party voted. Schumacher's former assistant, John Aimers, resigned from the party in January 1978 in protest accusing the national executive engineering Schumacher's defeat.
On February 28, 1978 Schumacher left the party in order to sit as an Independent. His tenure as an Independent member lasted until his defeat in the 1979 federal election. In that election he ran in the new electoral district of Bow River but lost to Taylor.
Provincial political career
In the 1986 Alberta general election Schumacher ran for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta in Drumheller electoral district. His first role in the Legislative Assembly was Deputy Speaker, he served that position for until 1993.
Schumacher became Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1993 after the retirement of David Carter. He retired in 1997 from politics after the dissolution of the 24th Legislature  after serving a total of three terms as an MLA.
After his career in the provincial legislature he served on the Alberta Surface Rights and Land Compensation boards where he eventually became Chairman.
In November 2012, Schumacher received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (he previously received the Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals) in recognition for his public service contributions to Albertans and Canadians over the past 45+ years.
Currently, he is practicing law with Schumacher, Gough, and Company and resides with his wife Virginia in Drumheller.
- Canadian Press (27 January 1978). "Ex-head of PC youth unit quits the party and will join Liberals". The Globe and Mail. pp. page A9
- "Alberta Legislature Hansard: Biography of Alberta Speakers May 16, 2006". Alberta Legislature. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament Palliser
|Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
David J. Carter
|Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly