Don MacIntyre

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Don MacIntyre
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Don MacIntyre 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
In office
May 5, 2015 – February 5, 2018
Preceded by Kerry Towle
Succeeded by Devin Dreeshen
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 62–63)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Political party Independent
Other political
Wildrose (2015–17)
United Conservative Party (2017–18)
Residence Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Occupation Educator

Donald Brian MacIntyre (born 1955) is a Canadian former politician who was elected in the Alberta general election, 2015 to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, where he represented the electoral district of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake[1] until resigning on February 5, 2018 after being charged with sexual assault and "sexual interference" (i.e., touching a minor for a sexual purpose).[2]

Views on Climate Change[edit]

On January 2, 2017, MacIntyre — while speaking to the press — asserted that man made climate change is not the primary cause of the planet's warming.[3] This is in conflict with the current scientific opinion on climate change, which asserts a 95% confidence that climate change is primarily caused by man.

  • MacIntyre: "Climate change is real, Mr. Thomson. It is cyclical. Man is aggravating it. Man is not the sole cause, are you happy?"
  • Graham Thomson (Edmonton Journal): According to scientists who study this, the majority of the increase is man-made.
  • MacIntyre: "You can’t say that anymore."
  • Another journalist: Why can’t you say that anymore?
  • MacIntyre: "The science isn’t settled."

The Alberta New Democratic Party - which holds a majority government in the legislature - responded by requesting that the Wildrose Party - the official opposition - remove Don MacIntyre from his position as energy critic. Leduc-Beaumont NDP MLA Shaye Anderson was quoted saying "It’s irresponsible to lend climate change-denying conspiracies the credibility of the office of the Official Opposition. Unless (Wildrose Leader Brian) Jean agrees with what Mr. MacIntyre is saying, he must remove him from his position.".[4]

The Wildrose Party responded by issuing a statement that "We get calls daily from Albertans living in NDP-held ridings furious that their MLAs are not listening to their opposition to the carbon tax. I suggest they spend their time listening to those concerns,"[5] - in reference to the 20 dollars per ton carbon tax put in place by the Alberta government.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Don MacIntyre 7,827 42.7%
Progressive Conservative Kerry Towle 5,138 28.0%
New Democratic Patricia Norman 4,250 23.2%
Alberta Party Danielle Klooster 1,134 6.2%


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