Doug Horner

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The Honourable
Doug Horner
President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance in the Alberta government
In office
May 8, 2012 – September 15, 2014
Preceded byRon Liepert
Succeeded byRobin Campbell
7th Deputy Premier of Alberta
In office
October 12, 2011 – May 8, 2012
Preceded byVacancy
Succeeded byThomas Lukaszuk
In office
January 15, 2010 – February 2011
Preceded byVacant (Last held by Ron Stevens)
Succeeded byVacancy
MLA for Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
In office
Preceded byColleen Soetaert
Succeeded byriding dissolved
MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert
In office
2012 – January 31, 2015
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byTrevor Horne
Personal details
Born (1961-01-17) January 17, 1961 (age 63)
Barrhead, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Douglas Alan Horner[1] ECA (born January 17, 1961) is a former Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Spruce Grove-St. Albert in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2001 until January 31, 2015.[2] He was the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance until Jim Prentice's cabinet was sworn in on September 15, 2014.[3] 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.[4] He retained the position in cabinet shuffle on January 13, 2010, and was also appointed to the position of Deputy Premier.[5] He was first elected in the 2001 provincial election. He became the province's Minister of Agriculture in 2004 under Premier Ralph Klein. On January 22, 2015, he announced that he would be retiring as an MLA effective January 31, 2015.

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[6] and deputy premier in the 1970s while his uncles Jack Horner, Albert Horner and Norval Horner were also federal MPs.


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.[6]

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.[7]

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

  • Created Alberta Innovates, which focuses on five areas of investment; digital health, clean resource technologies, smart agriculture, entrepreneurial ecosystem and artificial intelligence.
  • Instrumental in creating two new universities: Grant MacEwan University and Mount Royal University.[7]
  • 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[6]
  • Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services.[6]
  • Member of the Treasury Board and the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.[6]
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills.[6]
  • 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.[6] 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 (2012-2014)[edit]

Horner won the vote of the Spruce Grove-St. Albert-Sturgeon riding in Alberta's provincial elections in 2012.[8] 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.[3]

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.[9]

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.[6]

Military service[edit]

Horner has served in the Canadian Forces Reserve,[10] and as the Minister Liaison to the Canadian Forces.[6]

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.


  1. ^ Biographies of Members - Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 25th Legislature. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. December 2001.
  2. ^ "Former Alberta finance minister resigning seat | CBC News".
  3. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Stelmach's team will shape province: Alberta's new cabinet", Calgary Herald, December 16, 2006
  5. ^ "New cabinet team will ensure Alberta is stronger than ever", Government of Alberta News Release, January 13, 2010
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Legislative Assembly of Alberta".
  7. ^ a b "Who is Doug Horner | Biography and Accomplishments". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  8. ^ Bennett, Dean. "Alberta Tories defy polls and win 12th consecutive majority". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Speakers « Think Big Alberta Tour". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Doug Horner Campaign Team | Provincial Campaign". Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.

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