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Donna Kennedy-Glans

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Donna Kennedy-Glans
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary Varsity
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Harry B. Chase
Succeeded by Stephanie McLean
Personal details
Born (1960-05-05) May 5, 1960 (age 57)
near Tillsonburg, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative (2012–2014)
Independent (2014)
Progressive Conservative (2014-present)
Alma mater Wilfrid Laurier University
University of Western Ontario
Profession Businesswoman, Philanthropist

Donna Kennedy-Glans (born May 5, 1960) is a Canadian politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Varsity from April 2012 to May 2015.[1][2] She was elected initially as a member of the Progressive Conservative caucus, and chaired the all-party Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship. On December 13, 2013, she was sworn into the Cabinet of Alberta to fill the newly created post of Associate Minister – Electricity and Renewable Energy.[3]

Kennedy-Glans announced that she was resigning from cabinet and leaving the PC caucus to sit as an independent on March 17, 2014, in protest against the leadership of Alison Redford.[4] She officially rejoined the PC caucus on September 17, 2014, after Jim Prentice assumed the leadership of the party.[5]

Kennedy-Glans declared as a candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. She withdrew her candidacy in a letter to supporters on November 8, 2016, following the party's AGM saying: “Right now, politics in Alberta is polarizing and there is limited opportunity for centrist voices to be heard.”[6] Following Jason Kenney's Progressive Conservative leadership victory Kennedy-Glans announced, that 10 days prior to the vote, she had been named to his transition team. [7]


Kennedy-Glans was embroiled in the Redford PC Government misuse of Government planes.[8] Kennedy-Glans was one of several Tory MLA's engaged in misuse of Government resources, when they used a Government plane to attend a PC party fundraiser in Grande Prairie on Oct. 25, 2012.[9]

Election results

Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Varsity
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Donna Kennedy-Glans 8,099 45.90 +9.22
Wildrose Rob Solinger 4,624 26.21 +19.06
Liberal Bruce Payne 3,614 20.48 −26.85
New Democratic Jackie Seidel 817 4.63 +1.00
Alberta Party Alex McBrien 255 1.45
Evergreen Carl Svoboda 234 1.33 −3.87
Total 17,643
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible electors / Turnout  %
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +18.04


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