Ernie Isley (politician)

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Ernie Isley
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded by Donald Hansen
Succeeded by Leo Vasseur
Constituency Bonnyville
Minister of Manpower
In office
November 1982 – Between September 1986 and March 1987
Preceded by Jim Horsman
Succeeded by Rick Orman
Minister of Public Works, Supply, and Services
In office
May 1986 – March 1989
Preceded by Tom Chambers
Succeeded by Ken Kowalski
Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development
In office
March 1989 – June 1993
Preceded by Peter Elzinga
Succeeded by Walter Paszkowski
Mayor of Bonnyville
In office
March 2006 – October 2013
Personal details
Born (1937-06-29) June 29, 1937 (age 80)
Vermilion, Alberta[1]
Political party Progressive Conservative
Wildrose Alliance

Ernest Douglas "Ernie" Isley (born June 29, 1937) is a former school principal and provincial and municipal level politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1993. He is the former mayor for the town of Bonnyville, Alberta, Isley served that post after being acclaimed in a by-election on March 7, 2006, until being defeated by Gene Sobolewski on October 21, 2013.

Early life[edit]

Isley served for seven years as Principal for Bonnyville Centralized High School before running for provincial office.[2]

Provincial political career[edit]

Isley was elected to the Alberta Legislature in the 1979 Alberta general election. He won the electoral district of Bonnyville defeating four other candidates to hold it for the Progressive Conservatives.[3] He won his second term and a larger plurality facing two other candidates to win the 1982 Alberta general election.[4] His third time running for office in the 1986 Alberta general election, would see him win his third term with a reduced but comfortable plurality. He would again defeat two other candidates, his strongest challenger was New Democrat candidate Thomas Tucker.[5]

Isley would run for a fourth term in office in the 1989 Alberta general election.

He ran for a fifth term in office in the 1993 Alberta general election but was narrowly defeated in a by Liberal candidate Leo Vasseur.[6]

During his term in office, he served in several cabinet portfolios, including Public Works and Agriculture. He gained criticism in the early 1990s when under his direction, the amalgamation of the towns of Cold Lake and Grand Centre was initiated with CFB Cold Lake-4 Wing.

In 2009, Wildrose Alliance Danielle Smith welcomed Isley into the Wildrose Alliance Party, although he was also a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party. and he has been a key organizer for the Leader and Party in the Bonnyville - Cold Lake constituency.

On September 2010, Isley helped organize a tour for Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith to Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Glendon. Isley said in an interview that his goal in life is to do everything possible in the next two years to elect a Wildrose government in the next election, which did not happen.

Municipal career[edit]

Isley was acclaimed as the Mayor of Bonnyville, Alberta in a by-election held on March 7, 2006. He was returned by acclamation in the 2007 Bonnyville municipal election. He would continue to serve as Bonnyville's mayor until 2013, when he ran for a fourth term even though he'd publicly stated he was retiring. He was soundly defeated by Gene Sobolewski.[2]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Mayor of Bonnyville". Town of Bonnyville. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Bonnyville results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bonnyville results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bonnyville results 1986". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bonnyville results 1993". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 

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