Doug Griffiths

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Doug Griffiths
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Wes Taylor
Constituency Battle River-Wainwright
In office
Preceded by Robert Fischer
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Wainwright
Personal details
Born (1972-10-26) October 26, 1972 (age 42)
Coronation, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Sue
Children Austin and Brady
Residence Ardrossan, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation Teacher

Douglas "Doug" Griffiths (born October 26, 1972)[1] is a former Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright as a Progressive Conservative. He was a candidate for the leadership of the PC Party in the 2011 leadership election.

Early life[edit]

Griffiths attended the University of Alberta, where he earned an honours degree in philosophy and an education degree. After university, he taught for three years at Byemoor School, in the County of Stettler. He was nominated for a teaching award each year, including two nominations for the PanCanadian Students' Choice Award.

Political career[edit]

Griffiths received 79 per cent of the vote in Battle River-Wainwright during the 2008 provincial election, sending him to the Legislature for his third term.[2] In addition to his duties as an MLA, he has served as Parliamentary Assistant for the Department of Finance and Enterprise and is currently a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Health Committee.

Griffiths was first elected in a by-election for the Wainwright constituency on April 8, 2002, after former incumbent Robert Fischer resigned amidst a conflict-of-interest investigation by the Ethics Commissioner.[3] Then 29, Griffiths was the youngest MLA in office at the time.

The Wainwright boundaries changed for the 2004 provincial election, creating the current Battle River-Wainwright constituency, which Griffiths won with support from 65 per cent of the voters.[4]

During his tenure as MLA, Griffiths was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and has been involved in numerous committees and has chaired the Standing Committee on Energy and Sustainable Development, Rural Development Strategies Task Force, MLA Steering Committee for Rural Development, and was vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

On October 12, 2011 Griffiths was appointed Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs by Premier Alison Redford.

Griffiths was reelected in the April 23, 2012 provincial election as an incumbent PC candidate.

On February 10, 2013 Griffiths personally insulted Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi by calling him a "peacock" in the context of the city's discussions with the province on the regional growth plan.[5]

On December 13, 2013, Griffiths was sworn in as Minister of Service Alberta.

On January 26, 2015, he resigned from his position as a MLA.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Griffiths lives in Ardrossan with his wife, Sue, and their two boys, Austin and Brady.[7]

Election results[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, 2002: Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 2,924 44.6
Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,114 17.0
New Democratic Lilas Lysne 227 3.5
Alberta First Jerry D. Barber 1,695 25.9
Green Colleen Biggs 73 1.1
Social Credit Robin Skitteral 519 7.9
Turnout 6,552 33.6%
Alberta general election, 2004: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 6,406 65.02%
Alberta Alliance Orest Werezak 1,442 14.64%
Liberal Gordon Rogers 1,069 10.85%
New Democratic Len Legault 616 6.25%
Social Credit Robin Skitteral 320 3.24%
Total 9,853
Rejected, spoiled and declined 45
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,368 48.60%
Source: "Battle River-Wainwright Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
Alberta general election, 2008: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 7,968 78.56% 13.54%
Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,260 12.43% 1.58%
Green Will Munsey 483 4.76%
New Democratic Doris Bannister 431 4.25% -2.00%
Total 10,142
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 148
Eligible Electors / Turnout 22,343 46.06%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 7.55%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-Seventh Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Elections Alberta. pp. 368–371. 
Alberta general election, 2012: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 7,205 46.71%
Wildrose Dave Nelson 6,710 43.50%
New Democratic Terry Zawalski 775 5.02%
Liberal Amber Greenleese 469 3.04%
Alberta Party Midge Lambert 265 1.72%


Order of precedence
Preceded by
Jonathan Denis
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Robin Campbell