David Khan

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David Khan
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Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
Assumed office
June 4, 2017
Preceded by David Swann (interim)
Personal details
Political party Alberta Liberal Party
Profession Lawyer

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

Khan does support forging closer ties with the Liberal Party of Canada.[5] 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.[6]

He is the first openly gay leader of a major Alberta political party.[7]

His father was an immigrant from "Pakistan and India" while his mother is English.[8] More specifically, his father was born and raised in India but later fled to Pakistan during the Partition of India.[9]

Khan was the Liberal candidate in the December 14, 2017 by-election held in Calgary-Lougheed and unsuccessfully attempted to defeat United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney who was also a candidate. He placed third, behind both Kenney and the NDP candidate.[10]

Election results[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[11]


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[12][13]


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
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Election Results: Calgary-Lougheed". Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  1. ^ Swing is calculated from the sum of Progressive Conservative and Wildrose vote shares.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Khan chosen leader of the Alberta Liberal Party". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  2. ^ "David Khan selected as leader of the Alberta Liberal Party". CTV News Calgary. 2017-06-04. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Calgary lawyer David Khan wants to lead Alberta's Liberal Party". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Calgary-based lawyer David Khan named leader of Alberta Liberals". Global News. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  5. ^ "David Khan". David Khan. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Policy Proposals". David Khan. Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  7. ^ Kayne, Evan (March 2017). "In our Community: David Khan, Alberta Liberal party leadership candidate". Gay Calgary Magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Our Team". Alberta Liberal. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  9. ^ albertateachers (2017-05-09), David Khan, Alberta Liberal Leadership Candidate, speaks to teachers, retrieved 2018-06-09 
  10. ^ https://globalnews.ca/news/3867213/liberal-leader-david-khan-to-run-in-dec-14-calgary-byelection/
  11. ^ "Report on the October 27, 2014 By-elections" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  13. ^ "2015-2016 Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved 2018-05-02.