Verlyn Olson

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The Honourable
Verlyn Olson
Justice Minister Verlyn Olson.jpg
MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose
Assumed office
Preceded by LeRoy Johnson
Minister of Justice in the Alberta government
Assumed office
February 18, 2011
Preceded by Alison Redford
Personal details
Born Verlyn Dale Olson
(1954-02-04) February 4, 1954 (age 60)
Camrose, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Mardell
Children 3

Verlyn Dale Olson is a Canadian provincial politician and former lawyer serving in Alberta. He has served as a member of the Alberta Legislature from 2008 to present.

Political career[edit]

Olson first ran for a seat to the House of Commons of Canada in the Crowfoot electoral district in the 2000 Canadian federal election under the federal Progressive Conservative banner. He was defeated by Kevin Sorenson in a landslide that also saw incumbent Jack Ramsay get defeated.[1]

Olson ran for seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 2008 provincial election and was elected to represent the electoral district of Wetaskiwin-Camrose in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is a member of the provincial Progressive Conservatives.

Olson succeeded Alison Redford as Alberta's Minister of Justice and Attorney General on February 18, 2011. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Alberta on May 8, 2012.

Private life[edit]

Verlyn was born and raised in Camrose. He and his wife, Mardell Olson, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Community involvement[edit]

Olson's history of community involvement includes coaching local baseball and hockey and membership with the following organizations:

Viking Cup International Hockey Tournament Steering Committee, The Bethany Group (Health Care/Seniors Housing Board), Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation Board, Camrose Sport Development Society, Armena Athletic Association, Camrose Lutheran College Corporation (Augustana University College) Board of Regents.


  1. ^ "Crowfoot 2000 election results". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Jeff Johnson
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Jonathan Denis