Bob Hawkesworth

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Bob Hawkesworth
Bob HAWKSWORTH - Calgary Alderman (4997241794).jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary Mountain View
In office
1986–1993
Preceded by Bohdan Zip
Succeeded by Mark Hlady
Personal details
Born Robert Andrew Hawkesworth
(1951-02-18) February 18, 1951 (age 66)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party Alberta New Democratic Party

Robert Andrew "Bob" Hawkesworth (born February 18, 1951) is a Canadian politician and a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hawkesworth was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary before being elected in 1980 to Calgary City Council as alderman for Ward 3. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1986 general election to represent the riding of Calgary Mountain View for the Alberta New Democratic Party. His Progressive Conservative (PC) opponent (whom he defeated by just 257 votes) in that election was Jim Prentice, a future federal government minister and Premier of Alberta.[2] Hawkesworth was re-elected in the 1989 election before being defeated in the 1993 election by Mark Hlady. He returned to City Council and served as alderman for Ward 4 until October 18, 2010.

Hawkesworth received the 2000 Calgary United Way Spirits of Gold Award for co-chairing the Calgary Homeless Initiative and was named one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine.

Hawkesworth ran for Mayor in the Calgary civic election held on October 18, 2010, which was won by Naheed Nenshi. He withdrew on October 13 to support Barb Higgins. Under Calgary's electoral rules a candidate can not run for multiple positions meaning Ward 4 did not have an incumbent on the ballot.

In July 2015, Hawkesworth won the NDP nomination for the by-election in the Calgary-Foothills district, due in September of that year. The seat had been vacated by Jim Prentice (whom Hawkesworth had defeated almost 30 years earlier) following the PCs defeat by the NDP at the 2015 general election.[3] But in the by-election on September 3, 2015, he lost out to Wildrose candidate Prasad Panda.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 Calgary-Foothills by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, September 3, 2015: Calgary-Foothills
Voiding of general election results due to Jim Prentice disclaiming his seat
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,877 38.35 +20.24
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 3,270 25.71 -6.65
Progressive Conservative Blair Houston 2,746 21.59 -18.74
Liberal Ali Bin Zahid 791 6.22 -0.94
Alberta Party Mark Taylor 610 4.80 +4.80
Green Janet Keeping 377 2.96 +0.92
Independent Antoni Grochowski 46 0.36
Total valid votes 12,717
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 39.48
Eligible voters 32,212
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +19.49

1993 Alberta general election[edit]

1993 Alberta general election results[5] Turnout 53.49% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Mark Hlady 5,768 46.21% 12.85%
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 3,255 26.08% -25.67%
Liberal Jonathan Horlick 2,791 22.36% 7.47%
Social Credit George Clark 481 3.85%
Confederation of Regions Bruce Jackman 116 0.93%
     Natural Law Alberta Scraba 71 0.57% *
Total 12,482
Rejected, spoiled and declined 38
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,408  %
Progressive Conservative gain from New Democratic Swing 20.76%

1989 Alberta general election[edit]

1989 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 54.99% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 6,469 51.75% 6.10%
Progressive Conservative Vicky Adamson 4,171 33.36% -10.16%
Liberal Kevin Murphy 1,862 14.89% 5.48%
Total 12,502
Rejected, spoiled and declined 52
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,831  %
     NDP hold Swing 8.13%

1986 Alberta general election[edit]

1986 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 51.56% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 5,524 45.65% 18.58%
Progressive Conservative Jim Prentice 5,267 43.52% -14.17%
Liberal Doug Rae 1,139 9.41% 6.04%
Independent Tom Erhart 172 1.42%
Total 12,102
Rejected, spoiled and declined 57
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,542  %
     NDP gain from Progressive Conservative. Swing 16.38%

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Election Results - Calgary Mountain View 1986". Alberta's Political History. University of Alberta. 
  3. ^ "Bob Hawkesworth to run for NDP in Calgary-Foothills byelection". CBC. 
  4. ^ "Wildrose's Panda defeats NDP in Calgary-Foothills byelection battle". Calgary Herald, September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Calgary-Mountain View Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Calgary-Mountain View Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Calgary-Mountain View Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2010.