Bob Wanner

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Bob Wanner
Bob Wanner 2015.jpg
Wanner in 2015
13th Speaker of the
Alberta Legislative Assembly
In office
June 11, 2015 – May 21, 2019
PremierRachel Notley
Lieutenant GovernorLois Mitchell
Preceded byGene Zwozdesky
Succeeded byNathan Cooper
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Medicine Hat
In office
May 5, 2015 – March 19, 2019
Preceded byBlake Pedersen
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Personal details
Born (1949-04-25) April 25, 1949 (age 72)
Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
ResidenceMedicine Hat, Alberta
OccupationBusinessman, Former Public Services Commissioner for the City of Medicine Hat

Robert Edward Wanner (born April 25, 1949) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Medicine Hat.[1] On June 11, 2015, he was elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.[2]

On April 18, 2016, Wanner threw Interim PC leader Ric McIver out of the Alberta legislature for repeatedly refusing to sit down after learning that sheets explaining Wanner's ruling for an NDP amendment on a motion tabled by McIver had been distributed before the amendment was even debated on the floor.[3]

Wanner did not seek re-election in the 2019 general election.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Medicine Hat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Bob Wanner 6,160 37.92% 29.49%
Wildrose Val Olson 5,790 35.64% -7.92%
Progressive Conservative Blake Pedersen 3,427 21.10% -17.47%
Alberta Party Jim Black 731 4.50%
Independent David Andrew Phillips 137 0.84%
Total 16,245
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 57
Eligible electors / Turnout 30,585 53.30% 5.23%
New Democratic gain from Wildrose Swing -1.36%
Source: "72 - Medicine Hat Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.


  1. ^ "Bob Wanner – NDP – Medicine Hat". Medicine Hat News. April 7, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Henton, Darcy (June 11, 2015). "Medicine Hat MLA elected speaker of Legislature". Calgary Herald. Retrieved June 11, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bellefontaine, Michelle (April 18, 2016). "Dispute over ruling gets PC leader Ric McIver kicked out of legislature". CBC News. Retrieved 19 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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