Dave Taylor (Canadian politician)

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Dave Taylor
MLA Dave Taylor in 2011.jpg
Taylor in 2011
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
November 22, 2004 – April 23, 2012
Preceded byJohn Lord
Succeeded byChristine Cusanelli
Personal details
Born (1953-09-20) September 20, 1953 (age 68)
Sarnia, Ontario
Political partyAlberta Party (January 2011-Present)
Other political
Independent (2010-January 2011)
Liberal (2004-2010)
Spouse(s)Martha Taylor

Dave Taylor (born September 20, 1953) is a Canadian politician and former radio talk show host who represented the electoral division of Calgary-Currie in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Taylor was a member of the Alberta Liberal Party and ran for its leadership in 2008 but lost to David Swann.[1][2] In April 2010, Taylor left the party to sit as an Independent,[3] but in January 2011 he joined the Alberta Party, becoming that party's first MLA.[4][5]


Born in 1953 in Sarnia,[6] Taylor worked in Ontario as a broadcast journalist for many years, most notably at the legendary CHUM, Toronto, before accepting the job of News Director at CKIK-FM (now CFGQ-FM) in Calgary in 1985. He later moved to CHQR and hosted a daytime talk show until he took a leave of absence to run in the November 22, 2004 provincial election. He has also taught at Mount Royal University and has been involved in community government for many years.

Political life[edit]

First term[edit]

Taylor first ran and was elected in the riding of Calgary-Currie in the 2004 election. During his first term Taylor served as Deputy Leader to leader Kevin Taft and also sat on these government committees:

  • Deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Managing Growth Pressures
  • Members’ Services Committee.

On October 11, 2006, he hosted a townhall meeting to discuss solutions to the housing crisis specifically in Calgary but also for all of Alberta.

Second term[edit]

He was re-elected as a Liberal in the 2008 Alberta general election although the Liberals lost seven seats. In the new legislature, he serves on the following committees;

  • Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee
  • Special Standing Committee on Members Services
  • Deputy chair of the Standing Committee on the Economy

After the Alberta Liberals lost more seats in the 2008 general election Kevin Taft resigned as leader. Taylor was the Deputy leader of the party at the time and was the first to announce intentions to run for the Liberal leadership. He believed that the Alberta Liberal party had a lot to build on, and he hoped as leader to have opportunity to get the sixty percent of Albertans that stay home on election day re-engaged in the political process. The leadership election was held on December 12, 2008 and David Swann was elected leader with 2,468 votes on the first ballot. Taylor won 1,616 votes finishing second and Mo Elsalhy won 491 votes finishing third.

In April 2010, Taylor decided to leave the Liberal party and sit as an Independent. He claimed the move was because the Liberal party under Swann had become directionless and had failed to present Albertans with an attractive alternative to the Progressive Conservative party.[7][8] In January 2011, Taylor joined the fledgling Alberta Party, becoming that party's first MLA. Taylor said: "The Alberta Party is a good fit with my values and my principles. I can be very comfortable with these people." [4][5] Taylor had previously stated that he would resign and run in a byelection if he joined another party: "If I were to make a decision that I thought I would want to run as a member of some other party, then I would wait until the next election or resign and go through a byelection," he said. "Nobody voted for Dave Taylor as a candidate for another party."[9] Taylor said that despite his statement he would not call for a byelection, arguing that the next general election was near enough that spending money on a byelection now would be fiscally irresponsible.[10] Additionally, the Alberta Party does require consultation at the constituency level for a sitting MLA to join their party.[11] Taylor chose to retire when the 2012 Alberta election was called.[12]

Electoral Record[edit]

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election: Calgary-Currie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dave Taylor 5,046 45.51% 21.57%
Progressive Conservative Jon Lord 4,412 39.79% -22.36%
Green Kim Warnke 813 7.33%
New Democratic Robert Scobel 468 4.22% -5.78%
Alberta Alliance Ken Mazeroll 348 3.14%
Total 11,087
Rejected, spoiled and declined 58
Eligible electors / turnout 24,603 45.30% -2.97%
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -16.24%
Source: "Calgary-Currie Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved 15 March 2010.

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election: Calgary-Currie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dave Taylor 5,564 45.56% 0.05%
Progressive Conservative Arthur Kent 4,552 37.27% -2.52%
Green Graham Mackenzie 896 7.34% 0.01%
Wildrose Kenneth J.P. Mazeroll 670 5.49% 2.34%
New Democratic Marc Power 531 4.35% 0.13%
Total 12,213
Rejected, spoiled and declined 63 9 2
Eligible electors / turnout 31,842 38.56% -6.74%
Liberal hold Swing 1.28%
Source: "05 - Calgary-Currie, 2008 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved 21 May 2020.


  1. ^ "David Swann elected Alberta Liberal leader". CTV.ca. The Canadian Press. 13 December 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Taylor makes bid for Alberta Liberal leadership". Calgary Herald. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Dave Taylor to leave Alberta Liberals". Edmonton Sun. QMI Agency. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Braid, Don (24 January 2011). "Braid: Ex-Liberal Calgary MLA Dave Taylor to join Alberta Party". Calgary Herald. QMI Agency. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Dave Taylor, MLA for Calgary Currie joins the Alberta Party". Alberta Party. 24 January 2011. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Dave Taylor -- a 'bird nerd' with his own point of view". Calgary Herald. 29 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Dave Taylor bolts from Liberals". CBC News. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ McLean, Archie (13 April 2010). "MLA resigns from Alberta Liberals, slams party". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  9. ^ Scott Howell, Trevor (24 January 2011). "Dave Taylor a coup for Alberta Party or politics-as-usual?". Fast Forward Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Taylor becomes Alberta Party's first MLA". CBC News. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Process for Joining the Alberta Party Caucus". Scrib Inc. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  12. ^ Taylor, Dave. "OBSERVATIONS FROM A RECOVERING POLITICIAN". www.dave-taylor.ca. Retrieved 7 March 2021.

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