Brandy Payne

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Brandy Payne
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Acadia
In office
May 5, 2015 – March 19, 2019
Preceded byJonathan Denis
Succeeded byTyler Shandro
Personal details
Born1978 (age 42–43)
Calgary, Alberta
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta

Brandy Payne (born 1978) is a Canadian politician elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Acadia.[1][2][3] On February 2, 2016, Payne was appointed Associate Minister of Health,[4][5] assigned with implementing the recommendations of mental health review and the growing opioid crisis.[6]


Payne earned a journalism degree from Carleton University, where she graduated with high honours. She also attended Mount Royal University with a focus on Project Management. Prior to her election, Payne worked in administrative and management capacities for over 15 years, and as owner and operator of her own yoga business since 2010.[7]

In the 2015 election, Payne beat former Tory cabinet minister Jonathan Denis, despite being outspent $79,171 to $240 during the campaign.[8]

Prior to her cabinet appointment, Payne served as deputy chair of the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. She is also a past member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.

Payne joined Stephanie McLean as the first pregnant women in Alberta to hold cabinet posts. She and her husband, Scott, are raising two young daughters. [9] On March 29, 2018, Payne announced that she would not be seek re-election in 2019.[10][11]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Acadia
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Brandy Payne 5,506 34.72% 30.20%
Wildrose Linda Carlson 4,985 31.44% -10.65%
Progressive Conservative Jonathan Denis 4,602 29.02% -16.76%
Liberal Nicholas Borovsky 765 4.82% -1.45%
Total 15,858
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 113
Eligible electors / Turnout 29,264 54.58% -2.06%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -0.21%
Source: "03 - Calgary-Acadia, 2015 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Yoga instructor Brandy Payne wins Calgary-Acadia". Calgary Herald. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announces six new cabinet posts". CBC News. February 2, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Calgary MLA Brandy Payne is ready to help tackle health portfolio". Metro. Calgary. February 4, 2016. Archived from the original on June 9, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "New minister Brandy Payne faces big issues". Calgary Herald. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ "Brandy Lynn Payne biography". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  8. ^ Wood, James (February 3, 2016). "New minister Brandy Payne faces big issues". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  9. ^ "Baby, it's going to be a family affair at legislature". Calgary Sun. February 12, 2016. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Brandy Payne". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  11. ^ Rumbolt, Ryan (March 31, 2018). "Brandy Payne says she won't seek re-election in 2019". Calgary Herald. Calgary, AB. Retrieved 6 July 2020.