David Khan

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David Khan
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
Assumed office
June 4, 2017
Preceded byDavid Swann (interim)
Personal details
Born1974/1975 (age 43–44)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Political partyLiberal
ProfessionConstitutional Lawyer

David Khan (born 1974/1975) is a Canadian politician, currently the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. Prior to running for leader, Khan served as the party's executive vice-president.[2] He was elected leader on June 4, 2017.[1][3]

Political positions[edit]

Khan does not support co-operation with the Alberta Party, but does support forging closer ties with the Liberal Party of Canada.[4] Khan's leadership platform included a basic income pilot project, elimination of the small business tax, proportional representation for the Legislature, more free votes for MLAs, bringing private schools into the public system, and establishing universal pharmacare for those under 24.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Calgary,[7] Khan's father was an immigrant to Canada from Pakistan while his mother is English.[8] Professionally, Khan is a lawyer who practices indigenous law. He is the first openly gay leader of a major Alberta political party.[9][10]

Election results[edit]

He was previously the party's 2014 by-election candidate in Calgary-West and 2015 provincial election candidate in Calgary-Buffalo, finishing third both times.[11] Khan was also the Liberal candidate in the December 14, 2017 by-election in Calgary-Lougheed. He again placed third, behind United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney and the NDP candidate.[12]

2019 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2019: Calgary-Mountain View
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Kathleen Ganley 12,528 47.3 +18.4
United Conservative Jeremy Wong
Alberta Party Angela Kokott
Liberal David Khan
Green Thana Boonlert
  Independence Monica Friesz
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Registered electors
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing %

2017 by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, December 14, 2017: Calgary-Lougheed
Resignation of Dave Rodney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Jason Kenney 7,760 71.51 +8.35[a]
New Democratic Phillip van der Merwe 1,822 16.79 -15.24
Liberal David Khan 1,009 9.30 +4.49
Reform Lauren Thorsteinson 137 1.26
Green Romy Tittel 60 0.55
Independent Wayne Leslie 42 0.39
Independent Larry Heather 22 0.20
Total valid votes 10,852 98.84
Rejected, spoiled and declined 127 1.16 -0.30
Eligible voters / Turnout 31,067 35.34 -16.01
United Conservative notional hold Swing +11.80
Elections Alberta. "Election Results: Calgary-Lougheed". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  1. ^ Swing is calculated from the sum of Progressive Conservative and Wildrose vote shares.

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Buffalo
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Kathleen Ganley 4,671 35.11 +30.15 $3,118
Progressive Conservative Terry Rock 3,738 28.09 −2.52 $92,068
Liberal David Khan 3,282 24.67 −17.35 $54,749
Wildrose Leah Wamboldt 1,351 10.15 −10.16 $2,900
Green Sabrina Levac 263 1.98 $500
Total valid votes 13,305 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 193
Turnout 13,498 41.0
Eligible voters 32,950
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +16.34
Source: Elections Alberta[13][14]

2014 by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, October 27, 2014: Calgary-West
Resignation of Ken Hughes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Mike Ellis 4,843 44.44 −5.51
Wildrose Sheila Taylor 4,528 41.55 +4.22
Liberal David Khan 926 8.50 +1.04
New Democratic Brian Malkinson 336 3.08 +0.07
Alberta Party Troy Millington 265 2.43 +1.46
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -
Elections Alberta[15]


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