Drew Barnes

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Drew Barnes

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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Cypress-Medicine Hat
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Preceded byLen Mitzel
Personal details
Born (1961-05-21) May 21, 1961 (age 57)
Moosomin, Saskatchewan
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
ResidenceMedicine Hat
EducationUniversity of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce
OccupationMLA, Rancher, Businessman

Drew Barnes (born May 21, 1961) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Cypress-Medicine Hat.[1][2] He was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan.[3][4] Currently (2017) Barnes serves as the United Conservative Party critic for Finance. In the past he has been the Infrastructure and Transportation Critic, Caucus Whip, Health Critic and Energy Critic for the Wildrose Official Opposition. He has served on the Standing Committees of the Alberta Heritage Trust Fund, Public Accounts, Resource Stewardship and Private Bills. He authored two reports, ("How to Build Alberta Better" and "On Time, On Budget", and co-authored "Twin Highway 63 Now" and "Debt Free Capital Plan".[5]


Barnes has been a resident of Medicine Hat since 1974, where he lives with his wife Frances and three sons. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1983, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He previously attended Camrose Lutheran College. Barnes owned and managed a real estate office for 26 years until 2009. An entrepreneur and businessman, Barnes owns a number of businesses in Medicine Hat, including a construction company, a storage facility and a property management company. He also owns commercial and residential property all over southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan and has irrigation and ranchland, raising commercial beef and rodeo stock.[6] Barnes has been an active community volunteer with Kiwanis Club, serving as past president, and was past President and also Fundraising Chair of the United Way.[7]

In August 2012, Barnes and a colleague went on a fact finding mission to Fort McMurray to learn more about the notoriously dangerous Highway 63.[8] They called on the government to release a timeline for the completion of twinning the highway.

In late February 2015, Barnes announced he would enter the race for leader of the Wildrose Party[9] and ran a very close second.

On July 22, 2017, The Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservative Party merged to become one entity, namely the United Conservative Party—Both parties voted to merge with >95% approval.[10] Barnes had been vocal about his desire to unite the entities and came forward to endorse[11] United Conservative Party Leadership candidate, Jason Kenney, on August 2, 2017.

Climate Change Controversy[edit]

In March 2017 Barnes funded a controversial documentary questioning the science of climate change. He has been accused of Climate change denial.[12] Barnes has also promoted climate denying websites on social media.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2019: Cypress-Medicine Hat
The 2019 general election will be held on April 16.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Drew Barnes
  Alberta Advantage Terry Blacquier
Liberal Anwar Kamaran
New Democratic Peter Mueller
Alberta Party Collette Smithers
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled, and declined
Registered electors

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Drew Barnes 8,523 54.5%
Progressive Conservative Bob Olson 3,375 21.6%
New Democratic Bev Waege 3,233 20.7%
Liberal Eric Musekamp 496 3.2%
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible electors

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Cypress-Medicine Hat
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Drew Barnes 7,098 53.60%
Progressive Conservative Len Mitzel 4,738 35.78%
Liberal Jon Mastel 770 5.81%
New Democratic Manuel Martinez 637 4.81%
Total 13,243
Rejected, spoiled and declined 127
Eligible electors 26,199


  1. ^ "Drew Barnes – Wildrose – Cypress-Medicine Hat". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  2. ^ Alberta Election 2012: Riding-by-riding results
  3. ^ "Wildrose candidate Drew Barnes hosts open house". Bow Island Commentator. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  4. ^ About Drew Barnes
  5. ^ "Wildrose MLAs". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  6. ^ "Drew Barnes biography". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  7. ^ "Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  8. ^ "Wildrose MLAs challenge government on twinning". Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  9. ^ "Barnes announces candidacy for Wildrose leadership". Medicine Hat News. February 27, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  10. ^ Bellefontaine, Michelle. "Wildrose and PC members approve unite-the-right deal with 95% voting Yes". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  11. ^ Slade, Gillian (2017-08-03). "Barnes Backing Kenney for UCP Leadership". Medicine Hat News. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  12. ^ Julie, Alyssa (March 24, 2017). "Wildrose energy critic Drew Barnes funds doc questioning climate change science". Global News.
  13. ^ "The Wildrose are still playing footsie with tired old climate denial arguments". Progress Alberta. May 16, 2016.