Doug Horner

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The Honourable
Doug Horner
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President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance in the Alberta government
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 8, 2012
Preceded by Ron Liepert
Deputy Premier of Alberta
In office
October 12, 2011 – May 8, 2012
Preceded by Vacancy
Succeeded by Thomas Lukaszuk
In office
January 15, 2010 – February 2011
Preceded by Vacant (Last held by Ron Stevens)
Succeeded by Vacancy
MLA for Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
In office
2001–2012
Preceded by Colleen Soetaert
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by first member
Personal details
Born (1961-01-17) January 17, 1961 (age 53)
Barrhead, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Businessman

Douglas Alan "Doug" Horner[1] (born January 17, 1961) is a Canadian politician, who represents the electoral district of Spruce Grove-St. Albert in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is currently the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.[2] He was a candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in its 2011 leadership election, placing third.

In 2006, when Ed Stelmach became premier, Horner was appointed Minister of Advanced Education and Technology.[3] He retained the position in cabinet shuffle on January 13, 2010, and was also appointed to the position of Deputy Premier.[4] He was first elected in the 2001 provincial election. He became the province's Minister of Agriculture in 2004 under Premier Ralph Klein.

Early life[edit]

Born in Barrhead, Alberta, to Jean and Dr. Hugh Horner, Doug Horner has lived in Calgary, Consort, Slave Lake, Morinville and Spruce Grove.

Horner comes from a politically active family; his grandfather, Ralph Horner, was a Senator for Saskatchewan, his father, Dr. Hugh Horner was a federal Member of Parliament under John Diefenbaker and then Alberta's agriculture minister[5] and deputy premier in the 1970s while his uncles Jack Horner, Albert Horner and Norval Horner were also federal MPs.

Education[edit]

Horner received his post-secondary education in Alberta. He graduated from SAIT Polytechnic (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) with a diploma in business. After completing further studies, he was accredited by the Institute of Canadian Bankers.[5]

Political career[edit]

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (2004-2006)[edit]

  • Established Rural Alberta Development Fund.
  • Established Biofuels Initiative.
  • Vice-chair of the Alberta Grain Commission.[6]

Minister of Advanced Education and Technology (2006-2011)[edit]

  • Created Alberta Innovates, which focuses on research in bio solutions, energy and environment, technology futures and health sciences.
  • Instrumental in creating two new universities: Grant MacEwan University and Mount Royal University.[6]
  • Led the creation of Campus Alberta and the establishment of Apply Alberta in an effort to streamline the application process.
  • Chair of the Alberta government´s Information and Communications Technology Implementation Committee

Deputy Premier of Alberta (2010 - 2011)[edit]

Horner became Deputy Premier of Alberta in January 2010. He resigned in February 2011 to become a candidate for PC leadership. He was reappointed to this post again at the conclusion of the PC leadership election.

Minister Liaison to the Canadian Forces[edit]

Committee service[edit]

  • Member of the Standing Committee on Law and Regulations[5]
  • Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services.[5]
  • Member of the Treasury Board and the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.[5]
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills.[5]
  • Chair of the Alberta government's Information and Communications Technology Implementation Committee

PC leadership candidate, 2011[edit]

On February 4, 2011, Horner resigned from cabinet in order to run for the leadership of the PC Party in its 2011 leadership election.[5] After the September 17 vote, he finished in the top three (behind Gary Mar and Alison Redford). Redford won the run-off ballot held on October 1.

President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance (2012-Present)[edit]

Horner won the vote of the Spruce Grove-St. Albert-Sturgeon riding in Alberta's provincial elections in 2012.[7] Horner sponsored the controversial Bill 46: Public Service Salary Restraint Act which threatens to take away the right of arbitration from thousands of public sector workers.[2]

Leadership and influence[edit]

Horner is a featured speaker for the "Think Big Alberta" Tour. During the summer of 2011, the tour will visit the cities of Edmonton, Red Deer, Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and, Calgary. Other speakers include John Furlong, who provided leadership for the team that organized and delivered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.[8]

Business career[edit]

Before being elected to the Alberta Legislature, Horner worked in the private sector, including banking in southern Alberta and agriculture. He was involved in the start-up and operations of his family's barley and oat processing mill. Later he became responsible for international marketing and sales of specialty grains for ConAgra from its Nebraska office. After three years he moved back to Canada and established a trading company for agrifoods and agrifeeds for domestic and international markets.[5]

Military service[edit]

Horner has served in the Canadian Forces Reserve,[9] and as the Minister Liaison to the Canadian Forces.[5]

Community involvement[edit]

Horner is a member of the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce, the St. Albert Parkland Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Association and several other service and community organizations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biographies of Members - Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 25th Legislature. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. December 2001. 
  2. ^ a b http://horner.mypcmla.ca/admin/contentx/default.cfm?h=10032&PageId=10032
  3. ^ "Stelmach's team will shape province: Alberta's new cabinet", Calgary Herald, December 16, 2006
  4. ^ "New cabinet team will ensure Alberta is stronger than ever", Government of Alberta News Release, January 13, 2010
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=mla_bio&rnumber=75
  6. ^ a b http://hornerforalberta.ca/about-doug-horner
  7. ^ Bennett, Dean. Alberta Tories defy polls and win 12th consecutive majority. 
  8. ^ http://www.thinkbigalberta.ca/speakers/
  9. ^ http://hornerforalberta.ca/dougs-team

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Canada
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2014
Succeeded by
Thomas Lukaszuk