David Thomas King

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David Thomas King
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Highlands
In office
August 30, 1971 – May 8, 1986
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byPam Barrett
Minister of Education
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-06-22) June 22, 1946 (age 72)
Perth, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Alberta
ResidenceVictoria, B.C.
Alma materUniversity of Alberta

David Thomas King (born June 22, 1946) is a Canadian politician and public education policy activist. He is a former Progressive Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from August, 1971 to April, 1986, during which time he was Legislative Secretary to (then) Premier Peter Lougheed (1971–1976), Minister of Education (1979–1986), and Minister of Technology, Research, and Telecommunications (1986). As a Member of the Legislative Assembly, King introduced a Bill to repeal the Sexual Sterilization Act stating that the "Act violates fundamental human rights".[1]

In the 1986 general election he was defeated by future Alberta New Democratic Party leader Pam Barrett. In 1992, King ran unsuccessfully for leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives. From February, 1990 until July, 2010 he served as Executive Director of the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta. In 2010 King was recognized by the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Canadian Teachers' Federation for his years of service to education, noting that as Minister of Education, he was responsible for major initiatives, including the computer technology in schools program, the teacher internship program and the designated community schools program.[2]

David is now active with the Green Party of B.C., serving on the Provincial Council.[3] He served as one of the two provincial campaign co-chairs for the 2013 BC provincial election for the Green Party of British Columbia[4]

Personal life[edit]

David King holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Alberta. He has been a corporate director for L.S.I. Logic Corporation of Canada; Domglas, FirstClass Systems, Inc. He is or was a charter member of Edmonton Citizens for Better Housing Society; Urban Reform Group of Edmonton; Boyle Street Community Services Cooperative; Boyle-McCauley Health Centre; Communitas (Edmonton); and Public Interest Alberta.[citation needed]

He now lives in Victoria BC.


  1. ^ Alberta Legislature, Hansard, v. 4, n. 58 (1972), 37 (58–37).
  2. ^ Alberta Teachers' Association. http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Publications/ATA%20News/Volume%2044%202009-10/Number17/Pages/DavidKingPubEdAwardwinner.aspx
  3. ^ Green Party of British Columbia. Provincial Council. http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/provincial_council
  4. ^ Interview with David King https://vimeo.com/62970672#

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