Blaine Calkins

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Blaine F. Calkins

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
Assumed office
February 4, 2016
Preceded byPierre-Luc Dusseault
Member of Parliament
for Red Deer—Lacombe
Wetaskiwin (2006-2015)
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded byDale Johnston
Personal details
Born (1968-12-25) December 25, 1968 (age 50)
Lacombe, Alberta
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Barb Calkins
ResidenceLacombe, Alberta
Professioncomputer technician, park ranger, college instructor

Blaine F. Calkins MP (born December 25, 1968) is a Conservative Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada. He represents the riding of Red Deer—Lacombe in Alberta.

Calkins was born and raised in the Lacombe, Alberta area. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science with specialization in zoology.[1] He later became a tenured faculty member at Red Deer College. He began his career in politics as a member of the Lacombe Town Council, and as such has been involved with the board of directors of the Lacombe Municipal Ambulance Society, the board of directors for Family and Community Support Services, The Municipal Planning Commission, David Thompson Tourist Council and the Disaster Services Committee.

Blaine Calkins has been involved in the Reform/Canadian Alliance/Conservative Party since becoming a member in 1996. He served on the Candidate Nomination Committee for the Canadian Alliance Wetaskiwin riding in 1999, and joined the board of directors in 2000. Since then, he has held various board positions, including president, vice president and director of communications.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Red Deer-Lacombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Blaine Calkins 43,599 70.7 -6.73
Liberal Jeff Rock 9,235 15.0 +11.44
New Democratic Doug Hart 7,055 11.4 -2.89
Green Les Kuzyk 1,773 2.9 -1.82
Total valid votes/Expense limit 61,662 100.0     $221,802.13
Total rejected ballots 176
Turnout 61,838 71.3%
Eligible voters 86,609
Conservative hold Swing -9.08
Source: Elections Canada[2][3]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Wetaskiwin
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Blaine Calkins 37,756 81.44 +4.31 $23,700
New Democratic Tim Robson 5,281 11.39 +2.77 $1,718
Green Robert Johnston 1,978 4.27 -3.78
Liberal Christopher Anderson 1,348 2.91 -2.69 $5,920
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,363 100.00
Total rejected ballots 122 0.26 +0.01
Turnout 46,485 58.90 +5.96
Eligible voters 78,925
Canadian federal election, 2008: Wetaskiwin
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Blaine Calkins 32,528 77.13 +1.98 $32,626
New Democratic Tim Robson 3,636 8.62 -0.70 $6,371
Green Les Parsons 3,395 8.05 +1.72 $388
Liberal Rita Katherine Dillon 2,362 5.60 -3.58 $8,762
Canadian Action Shawn Mann 249 0.59
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,170 100.00 $90,704
Total rejected ballots 105
Turnout 42,275 52.94
Canadian federal election, 2006: Wetaskiwin
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Blaine Calkins 35,776 75.15 +1.6 $38,612
New Democratic Jim Graves 4,441 9.32 +2.1
Liberal Peter Crossley 4,371 9.18 -2.7 $9,976
Green Tom Lampman 3,016 6.33 +0.1 $500
Total valid votes 47,604 100.00
Total rejected ballots 105 0.22
Turnout 47,709 62.86

Political views[edit]

Carbon tax[edit]

According to a December 14, 2018 recording by a Radio-Canada reporter of a talk given by Calkins to students in grades 7 and 8 in Red Deer, Calkins responded to a question about the carbon tax by saying that he was a biologist and that CO2 was plant food not pollution. He told students that he understood there was an impact on the environment from burning fossil fuels but he questioned whether burning fossil fuels "caused extreme weather events".[4] Calkins told them, "There's just more people now than there was before. So, when we have a major weather event, more people get affected, because the chances of it affecting people are that much higher."

In a follow-up article on December 18, Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord's (CSCN) superintendent, Robert Lessard, responded by saying that these comments were Calkins' own personal opinions, whereas in CSCN, they teach facts about the "biological cycle of carbon", and "ecological impacts [of environment on the planet] that need to be taken care of."[4]

Shawn Marshall, who is a University of Calgary Geography professor as well as a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, said that Calkins' "half truths" without context, are typical examples of "climate misinformation" used by politicians who oppose the carbon tax, "to paralyze us a little bit". His concern was that they were introduced to junior youth. Marshall said that Calkins failed to add that humans are generating more CO2 than plants can take up, and that while we do have a larger population vulnerable to extreme weather events, "there's also this huge overprint of climate change on these extreme weather events."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Web Page Biography
  2. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Red Deer—Lacombe, 30 September 2015
  3. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c "Climate change professor accuses Alberta MP of spreading 'climate misinformation'". CBC News. December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.

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