David Eggen

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David Eggen

David Eggen 2015.jpg
David Eggen in May 2015
Minister of Education of Alberta
In office
May 24, 2015 – April 30, 2019
PremierRachel Notley
Preceded byGordon Dirks
Succeeded byAdriana LaGrange
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Calder
In office
April 23, 2012 – April 30, 2019
Preceded byDoug Elniski
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
In office
November 22, 2004 – March 3, 2008
Preceded byBrent Rathgeber
Succeeded byDoug Elniski
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton North West
Assumed office
April 30, 2019
Preceded bynew district
Personal details
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Political partyNew Democrat
Spouse(s)Somboon Eggen[1]
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
PortfolioMinister 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[2] and then again from 2012-2019. In 2014, Eggen ran in the NDP leadership election, where he placed second.[3] He served as the Minister of Education in Premier Notley's NDP government from 2015-2019.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Born in 1962,[5] Eggen was educated at the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1984.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] He is a provincial trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans and a chair leader of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.[2] 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.

Political career[edit]

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.[6] 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.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

2001 general election[edit]

2001 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Laurie Blakeman 5,095 44.01% 0.05%
Progressive Conservative Don Weideman 4,446 38.41% 4.91%
New Democratic David Eggen 1,959 16.92% -0.09%
Communist Naomi Rankin 76 0.66% *
Total 11,576
Rejected, spoiled and declined 105
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,907 51.58%
Liberal hold Swing 2.48%
"Edmonton-Centre Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[7] Turnout 49.18% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
New Democratic David Eggen 4,067 36.01% 16.10%
Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber 3,730 33.02% -8.97%
Liberal Brad Smith 2,985 26.43% -11.67%
Alberta Alliance Vicki Kramer 513 4.54%
Total 11,295
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 92
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,671  %
     NDP pickup from Progressive Conservative Swing 12.54%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[8] Turnout 38.53% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Doug Elniski 4,557 40.86% 6.03%
New Democratic David Eggen 4,356 39.05% 3.04%
Liberal Jim Kane 1,839 16.49% -9.94%
Green Michael Brown 402 3.60% *
Total 11,514
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 59
Eligible electors / Turnout 30,033  %
Progressive Conservative gain from New Democratic Swing 4.54%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% *
     NDP David Eggen 5,729 38.41%
Progressive Conservative Bev Esslinger 5,183 34.75%
Wildrose Rich Neumann 2,787 18.69%
Liberal Alex V Bosse 970 6.50%
Alberta Party David Clark 194 1.30%
Social Credit Margaret Saunter 52 0.35%
Total '14,925 100%

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Calder
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic David Eggen 12,837 70.7
Progressive Conservative Tom Bradley 3,222 17.8
Wildrose Andrew Altimas 1,565 8.6
Liberal Amit Batra 527 2.9
Total valid votes 18,151 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 90
Turnout 18,241 50.3
Eligible voters 36,266
Source: Elections Alberta[9]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
Liberal Brandon Texeira 276 1.48 -1.88
  Independence Tim Shanks
  Alberta Advantage Luke Burns
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Registered electors


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.[10]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eggen, David (July 12, 2019). "Elected Members". Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
  3. ^ "David Eggen to seek leadership of Alberta NDP". Edmonton Journal. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier, reveals cabinet," CBC News May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ The optimist: Two-time MLA David Eggen says political winds are shifting Klinkenberg, Marty. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 11 Oct 2014: B.4.
  6. ^ Loome, Jeremy (June 10, 2008). "Ex-MLA now heads Friends of Medicare". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-10.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Edmonton-Calder Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  8. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 272–275.
  9. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  10. ^ http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/12/02/education-minister-bill-8-despite-requests-for-delay.html