|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—St. Albert
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||John G. Williams|
|Succeeded by||Michael Cooper|
|Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Edmonton Calder
March 12, 2001 – November 22, 2004
|Preceded by||Lance White|
|Succeeded by||David Eggen|
July 24, 1964 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative (2001-2004)
|Alma mater||University of Saskatchewan|
Brent M. Rathgeber (born July 24, 1964) is a lawyer, author and politician from Alberta, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2001 to 2004 and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2008 federal election as a Conservative. He resigned from the Conservative caucus in 2013 and sat as an Independent. He ran as an Independent candidate in the riding of St. Albert—Edmonton in the 2015 federal election, but was defeated by Conservative candidate Michael Cooper.
Rathgeber was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. After graduating from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982, Brent obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
Alberta MLA (2001-2004)
House of Commons (2008-2015)
Rathgeber stood as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the federal electoral district of Edmonton—St. Albert in the 2008 election, and was elected with 61.6 per cent of the vote. In the 2011 federal election, he was re-elected and continues to serve as the MP for Edmonton-St. Albert.
Regarding supply management, Rathgeber said "One can occasionally be critical of the Government without being disloyal. I proudly serve in the Conservative (Government) Caucus but do not leave the viewpoints of my constituents behind every time I board a plane to Ottawa. It is natural for me to question Supply Management, since I represent 140,000 consumers but not a single dairy farmer. Similarly, all of my adult constituents are taxpayers but only a tiny fraction work for the federal government; as a result, I believe it is appropriate that I question public pensions (including my own) and demand respect for taxpayer dollars generally."
Rathgeber has voiced his support for motion 312, which says Canada should re-examine when human life begins.
On 5 June 2013, Rathgeber announced that he had resigned from the Conservative Caucus due to what he believed to be the "Government's lack of commitment to transparency and open government." He ran as an independent in St. Albert-Edmonton, a reconfigured version of his old riding. He finished a third, with 19.7 percent of the vote, behind Conservative candidate, Michael Cooper.
- Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada (September 2014) Dundurn Press
The book contrasts the current state of Canadian democracy to the founding principles of responsible government established by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867. It examines the consequences of the inability or disincentive of modern elected representatives to perform their constitutionally mandated duty to hold the Prime Minister and his cabinet to account and the resultant disregard with which the executive now views Parliament. A chapter is devoted to Withholding the power: Canada's broken Access to Information laws.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Brian LaBelle||11,644||21.44||+5.67|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||54,317||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||151||0.28||+0.05|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Dave Burkhart||8,045||15.8%||–|
|Total valid votes||50,994|
|Total rejected ballots||118|
- CBC: Alberta Votes 2004, Edmonton Calder profile
- Wherry, Aaron. "Maclean's.ca - Brent Rathgeber Maverick Watch Watch". Maclean's.ca. Maclean's.ca. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- Wherry, Aaron. "Macleans.ca - Another vote for motion 312". Macleans.ca. Macleans.ca. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- Rathgeber, Brent. "Brent Rathgeber, MP". Twitter. Brent Rathgeber. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- therecord.com: "A political barometer of voter discontent", 8 Jun 2013
- Brent Rathgeber (September 10, 2014). Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada. Dundurn Press. ISBN 9781459728370.