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David Eggen in May 2015
|Minister of Education of Alberta|
May 24, 2015 – April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Gordon Dirks|
|Succeeded by||Adriana LaGrange|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Calder|
April 23, 2012 – April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Doug Elniski|
|Succeeded by||district abolished|
November 22, 2004 – March 3, 2008
|Preceded by||Brent Rathgeber|
|Succeeded by||Doug Elniski|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton North West|
|Assumed office |
April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||new district|
|Born||1962 (age 57–58)|
|Political party||New Democrat|
|Alma mater||University of Alberta|
|Portfolio||Minister of Education, Minister of Culture|
David Manson Eggen (born 1962) is a Canadian politician. He is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, in 2019 he was elected as the member representing Edmonton North West. He previously served three terms as the member representing Edmonton Calder from 2004-2008 and then again from 2012-2019. In 2014, Eggen ran in the NDP leadership election, where he placed second. He served as the Minister of Education in Premier Notley's NDP government from 2015-2019.
Born in 1962, Eggen was educated at the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1984. Eggen then went to Zimbabwe, where he taught for three years, after which he returned to Edmonton, where he taught at local schools from 1990 to 2004. He also coached a wide variety of sports for high school and community teams. In 1996 and 1997, he also served as an education consultant to the Wat Dhammamongkol Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. He volunteered as an animator at Fort Edmonton Park.
Eggen has worked in health care as an executive director of Friends of Medicare, and is a member of the Canadian Health Coalition’s board of directors. He is a provincial trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans and a chair leader of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. He is also a member of the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights committee for the Alberta Teachers' Association and an amateur musician. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and their two daughters.
Eggen was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a New Democrat in the 2004 Alberta general election, narrowly defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber. He was the first NDP representative elected in Edmonton-Calder since 1993, increasing his party's share of the vote from 18% to 36%. His victory was widely attributed to a two-year canvassing campaign in the run-up to the election. He served as the NDP's critic for Agriculture and Food, Environment, K-12 Education, Sustainable Resource Development, and Tourism and Culture.
He was defeated in the 2008 election by Progressive Conservative Doug Elniski. After this defeat Eggen assumed the Alberta executive director's position for Friends of Medicare, an advocacy group that supports public healthcare. Eggen regained his seat in the 2012 provincial election and retained it with a greatly increased margin in the 2015 election.
After the 2015 election Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism, positions he held until the 2019 election.
2001 general election
|2001 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Centre|
|Progressive Conservative||Don J. Weideman||4,446||38.41%||4.91%|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||1,959||16.92%||-0.08%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||74||–||–|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||22,648||51.44%||-0.66%|
2004 general election
|2004 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Calder|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||4,067||36.01%||16.10%|
|Progressive Conservative||Brent Rathgeber||3,730||33.02%||-8.96%|
|Alberta Alliance||Vicki Kramer||513||4.54%||–|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||48||–||–|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||23,153||48.99%||-2.71%|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||-0.45%|
2008 general election
|2008 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Calder|
|Progressive Conservative||Doug Elniski||4,557||40.86%||7.83%|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||4,356||39.05%||3.05%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||39||–||–|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||27,420||40.82%||-8.17%|
|Progressive Conservative gain from New Democratic||Swing||-0.59%|
2012 general election
|2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Calder|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||5,731||38.42%||-0.63%|
|Progressive Conservative||Bev Esslinger||5,177||34.71%||-6.15%|
|Alberta Party||David Clark||189||1.27%||–|
|Social Credit||Margaret Saunter||52||0.35%||–|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||119||–||–|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||29,535||50.90%||10.08%|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||0.96%|
2015 general election
|2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Calder|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||12,837||70.72%||32.30%|
|Progressive Conservative||Thomas (Tom) Bradley||3,222||17.75%||-16.96%|
|Liberal||Amit (Sunny) Batra||527||2.90%||-3.64%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||42||–||–|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||36,266||50.17%||-0.74%|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||24.63%|
2019 general election
|2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-North West|
|New Democratic||David Eggen||9,622||51.61||-17.52|
|United Conservative||Ali Eltayeb||6,591||35.36||+7.84|
|Alberta Party||Judy Kim-Meneen||1,868||10.02|
|Alberta Advantage||Luke Burns||
|Total valid votes|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined|
David Eggen was sworn into Cabinet on May 24, 2015 as part of the NDP government led by Rachel Notley. There had been speculation since the election that Eggen would receive a large portfolio in Cabinet. He was appointed as Minister of Education and Minister of Culture and Tourism.
In fall 2015, Eggen introduced Bill 8, a proposal to reform the collective bargaining structure for public school teachers in Alberta. Bill 8 proposes to introduce a two-table bargaining system, similar to the structure in Ontario, where the provincial government would handle big items like salary and local boards would negotiate local issues. The existing system sees all issues bargained locally.
There was criticism that school boards were not adequately consulted, but documents provided by Eggen's office to the media detailed consultations that had taken place in September and October 2015.
- Eggen, David (July 12, 2019). "Elected Members". Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
- "David Eggen to seek leadership of Alberta NDP". Edmonton Journal. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier, reveals cabinet," CBC News May 24, 2015.
- The optimist: Two-time MLA David Eggen says political winds are shifting Klinkenberg, Marty. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 11 Oct 2014: B.4.
- Loome, Jeremy (June 10, 2008). "Ex-MLA now heads Friends of Medicare". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-10.[dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)