David Dorward

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The Honourable
David C. Dorward
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byHugh MacDonald
Succeeded byMarlin Schmidt
ConstituencyEdmonton-Gold Bar
Personal details
Born (1952-01-22) January 22, 1952 (age 70)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
Residence(s)Edmonton, Alberta

David Cameron Dorward[1] ECA (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 1950s 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]

Background[edit]

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]

Dorward is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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, 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.” To be specific, these comments involved him stating his concerns that transgender bathroom laws would permit young men to walk into girl's restrooms whenever they were so inclined.[17]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marlin Schmidt 14,562 59.48% -9.40%
United Conservative David C. Dorward 7,174 29.30% +4.31%
Alberta Party Diana Ly 2,008 8.20% 5.23%
Liberal Steve Kochan 315 1.29% -1.86%
Green Tanya Herbert 247 1.01%
Alberta Independence Vincent Loyer 176 0.72%
Total 24,482
Rejected, spoiled and declined 27 64 16
Eligible electors / turnout 35,555 68.98% 7.94%
New Democratic hold Swing -10.05%
Source(s)
Source: "33 - Edmonton-Gold Bar, 2019 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marlin Schmidt 15,349 68.89% 40.17%
Progressive Conservative David C. Dorward 4,147 18.61% -14.35%
Wildrose Justin J. 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 22,282
Rejected, spoiled and declined 96 25 16
Eligible electors / turnout 36,688 61.04% -1.25%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 23.01%
Source(s)
Source: "35 - Edmonton-Gold Bar, 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Gold Bar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative David C. 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 Alliance Linda Carlson 3,169 15.59%
Alberta Party Dennis O'Neill 345 1.70%
Evergreen David J. Parker 198 0.97%
Total 20,327
Rejected, spoiled and declined 144 18 1
Eligible electors / turnout 32,868 62.29% 14.43%
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -1.51%
Source(s)
Source: "35 - Edmonton-Gold Bar, 2012 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files%5Cdocs%5Ccommittees%5Cms%5Clegislature_28%5Csession_1%5C20120626_0931_01_ms.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Edmonton News | Local Breaking | CTV News Edmonton". Archived from the original on 2010-09-27.
  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. Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Top 50 Alumni". Archived from the original on 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  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. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ NAIT. "NAIT". NAIT. Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. 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. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. ^ Pressprogress. "UCP Candidate Falsely Claimed Alberta Schools Let Adult Men Lurk in Girls' Washrooms". PressProgress. Retrieved 2021-05-06.