Betty Paschen

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Elizabeth "Betty" Paschen is a Canadian environmentalist and former provincial level politician from Alberta, Canada. She served as Leader of the Alberta Greens from its founding in 1990 to 1996.

Political career[edit]

Paschen became leader of the Alberta Greens after founder Norman Conrad moved out of the province.[1] She first ran for provincial office in a by-election held in the Edmonton-Strathcona electoral district on October 18, 1990. Paschen received 4.54% of the vote and finished fifth out of sixth place, losing to Barrie Chivers a candidate for the New Democrats. She finished ahead of Social Credit leader Robert Alford.[2]

Paschen lead the party into the 1993 Alberta general election. The party did not make much of an impact as it only fielded a slate of 11 candidates winning .20% of the popular vote and finishing second last over all. Paschen ran for a second time in Edmonton-Strathcona. Her popular vote was cut in half from the by-election and she only took 1.5% of the popular vote.[3]

After retiring from provincial politics, Paschen moved to Ontario and became a wind farm operator.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Appreciation". Alberta Greens. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Edmonton-Strathcona By-election official results". Elections Alberta. October 18, 1990. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Strathcona results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Norman Conrad
Leader of the Alberta Greens
Succeeded by
David Parker