Dave Quest

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Dave Quest
Strathcona MLA Dave Quest.jpg
MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byRob Lougheed
Succeeded byEstefania Cortes-Vargas
Personal details
Born (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 56)
Bangor, United Kingdom
Political partyAlberta Party
Other political
Progressive Conservative
ResidenceSherwood Park

David Jonothan Quest is a politician in Alberta, Canada, who was elected to the province's Legislative Assembly on March 3, 2008 as the Progressive Conservative MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park.

Political career[edit]

Quest served two terms as MLA, first for Strathcona, and subsequently for Strathcona-Sherwood Park. In addition to his regular duties as an MLA, he had roles on many committees during his term, including as Chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Finance. However, he was defeated in 2015 along with most of the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Quest defended his successor, Estefania Cortes-Vargas, when The Rebel Media[1] published personal attacks against them, stating that "to be attacked as an individual based on your sexuality or your country of birth is inexcusable."[2]

Having opposed Jason Kenney's bid for leadership of the Progressive Conservatives, Quest joined the Alberta Party and will be its candidate in Strathcona-Sherwood Park in 2019.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Quest spent his high school years in the Ardrossan area where his father was the local veterinarian. Over the years he was fortunate to have many opportunities to enjoy animals, including his horses Chunky and Chea. Dave graduated from Ardrossan Sr. High School and regularly attends the Ardrossan United Church.

Dave obtained his post-secondary education from NAIT and in 1985 he graduated with a business administration diploma with a major in marketing management. Dave established a successful and rewarding career in the automotive industry. Prior to his election, he was the President of Kallal Pontiac in Tofield, and then general sales manager and a shareholder of Beaverhill GMC in Tofield and Petersen Pontiac in Sherwood Park. In 1997 he achieved a General Motors Dealer Award of Excellence.

During his business career, Dave served with the Better Business Bureau of Northern Alberta, fulfilling various board positions, including chair and director of the Canadian Council. These volunteer experiences built a foundation for his future role of provincial representative.

Dave has many personal interests, including sports. He coached a minor soccer team for four years. He enjoys running and has completed the Edmonton half-marathon six times.

Dave also loves aviation, having obtained his private pilot's licence in 1998. He flies small aircraft and takes frequent tours around the constituency,

Dave, his wife Fiona Beland-Quest, and their son live in Sherwood Park. Two Newfoundland dogs and two cats round out their household.

Electoral history[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Dave Quest 9,695 50.71
Wildrose Paul Nemetchek 6,432 33.64
New Democratic Michael Scott 1,626 8.51
Liberal John C. Murray 1,365 7.14
Total valid votes 19,118
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 140
Reigstered electors / Turnout 32,159 59.88
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Strathcona-Sherwood Park". Retrieved July 10, 2018.
2015 Alberta general election: Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Estefania Cortes-Vargas 9,376 42.61 +34.10
Progressive Conservative Dave Quest 6,623 30.10 -20.61
Wildrose Rob Johnson 5,286 24.02 -9.62
Alberta Party Lynne Kaiser 721 3.28
Total valid votes 22,006
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 110
Registered electors / Turnout 34,346 64.39 +4.51
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +27.36
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Strathcona-Sherwood Park". Retrieved July 10, 2018.
2019 Alberta general election: Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Nate Glubish 14,151 52.51 -1.61
New Democratic Moira Váně 8,695 32.27 -10.34
Alberta Party Dave Quest 3,605 13.38 +10.10
  Alberta Advantage Donald Melanson
Green Albert Aris 142 0.53 New
  Independence Richard Scinta
Independent Larry Maclise 67 0.25 New
Total valid votes 26,948
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Registered electors
Turnout 73.4


  1. ^ Now known as Rebel News
  2. ^ a b Proulx, Ben (July 21, 2016). "'Gender-queer immigrant'; Rebel on the attack | Sherwood Park News". Sherwood Park News. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ Cournoyer, Dave (September 11, 2018). "Calgary-Fish Creek bozo-eruption raises questions about "rigorous" UCP candidate screening process | daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics". daveberta.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-12.

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