David Dorward

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David C. Dorward
MLA for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Gold Bar
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byHugh MacDonald
Succeeded byMarlin Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1952-01-22) January 22, 1952 (age 67)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
ResidenceEdmonton, Alberta

David Cameron Dorward[1] (born January 22, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Edmonton-Gold Bar in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2012 to 2015. He has lived in Alberta since the mid ‘50’s and currently resides in Edmonton.[2]

Dorward is the approved United Conservative Party candidate for the electoral riding of Edmonton-Gold Bar for the 2019 Alberta provincial election.[3]


Dorward served in the Alberta cabinet with Premier Jim Prentice. He is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta. David Cameron DORWARD, FCPA, FCA is registered as a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta).

Dorward has contributed to the community through various volunteer and community works including sitting on various local and provincial boards.[4][5][6] This includes coaching youth basketball and organizing basketball programs for communities within the electoral division of Edmonton-Gold Bar.[7] Dorward received the Top 50 Alumni award, chosen for the differences he made within our communities.[8]

In 2005, Dorward led and founded[9] the initiative that raised $38M for the building of the Saville Community Sports Centre (GO Centre), a 195,000-square-foot GO Centre located at the University of Alberta south campus area. The center was opened for use in September 2011.[10][11][12]

Political career[edit]

Dorward ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 2010 Edmonton municipal election. He finished in second place and was defeated by Stephen Mandel.

Two years later Dorward ran for a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the electoral district of Edmonton-Gold Bar as a Progressive Conservative candidate. He defeated five other candidates to win the seat for his party, before being defeated by the NDP's Marlin Schmidt.

As an MLA for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Dorward held various roles including:[13]

  • Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations (Reporting to the Premier)
  • Deputy Government House Whip
  • Member of the Treasury Board.
  • Deputy Chair of the Select Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee
  • Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future
  • Member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund

In 2017, the United Conservative Party was formed under Jason Kenney in a historic merger of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Wildrose Party, with 95% approval.[14][15]

In March 2019, leading up to the Alberta provincial election, transphobic comments made on social media by Dorward in 2016 surfaced.[16] Dorward responded to these comments in a short online apology,[17] stating that “while [he] was not alone in sharing this belief at the time, [he is] relieved that such fears have not been validated in the following three years.”

Electoral record[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marlin Schmidt 14,562 59.5% -9.39%
United Conservative David Dorward 7,174 29.3% +4.31%
Alberta Party Diana Ly 2,008 8.2% +5.23%
Liberal Steve Kochan 315 1.3% -1.85%
Green Tanya Herbert 247 1.0% --
  Independence Vincent Loyer 176 0.7% --
Total valid votes 24,482
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 27 64 16
Registered electors and turnout 37,328 65.7%
New Democratic hold Swing %
"2019 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved 2019-04-30.

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marlin Schmidt 15,349 68.89 +40.18
Progressive Conservative David Dorward 4,147 18.61 -14.36
Wildrose Justin James 1,422 6.38 -9.21
Liberal Ronald Brochu 702 3.15 -16.91
Alberta Party Cristina Stasia 662 2.97 +1.27
Total valid votes 22,282 99.39
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 137 0.61
Turnout 22,419 61.11 -1.23
Registered electors 36,688
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +27.27
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Edmonton-Gold Bar". Retrieved August 29, 2018.

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative David Dorward 6,701 32.97 -4.64
New Democratic Marlin Schmidt 5,836 28.71 +14.96
Liberal Josipa Petrunic 4,078 20.06 -24.83
Wildrose Linda Carlson 3,169 15.59
Alberta Party Dennis O’Neill 345 1.70
Evergreen David Parker 198 0.97 -2.78
Total valid votes 20,327 99.20
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 163 0.80
Turnout 20,490 62.34 +19.35
Registered electors 32,868
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +10.10
"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-04-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)


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  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Alberta Election 2019 Riding Boundary of Edmonton-Gold Bar
  4. ^ Staples, David. "The Dave Dorward file: Portrait of the candidate before he was a candidate". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. ^ ATCO Gas. "ATCO Gas" (PDF). ATCO Gas. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  6. ^ The Canadian Institute. "The Canadian Institute". The Canadian Institute. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  7. ^ Messenger, Scott. "DAVID DORWARD". NAIT. NAIT. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.nait.ca/88284.htm
  9. ^ GO Community Centre Board Members and Staff. "GO Community Centre Board Members and Staff". GO Community Board Members and Staff. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ GO Community Centre About Us. "GO Community Centre About Us". GO Community About Us. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ NAIT. "NAIT". NAIT. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ Edmonton Journal. "Edmonton Journal". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  13. ^ The Canadian Institute. "The Canadian Institute". The Canadian Institute. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  14. ^ Edmonton Journal. "Wildrose, Progressive Conservative parties to merge with 95% approval". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  15. ^ The Globe and Mail. "Alberta Wildrose, PC members overwhelmingly vote to merge". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Transphobic political rhetoric isn't just hurtful, it's dangerous, says LGBTQ activist | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. ^ "Statement from David Dorward". FactCheckAlberta. Retrieved 2019-04-09.