Evan Berger (politician)
|MLA for Livingstone-Macleod|
|Preceded by||David Coutts|
|Succeeded by||Pat Stier|
|Born||April 2, 1960|
High River, Alberta, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Children||Talia, Brita, and Joel|
Evan Berger (born April 2, 1960) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He represented the constituency of Livingstone-Macleod as a Progressive Conservative from 2008 to 2012.
Berger was born April 2, 1960 in High River. He was raised on a mixed ranch farm in the foothills southwest of Nanton, Alberta. After high school, Berger entered the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, but left to pursue a land purchase opportunity. He has been involved in the agriculture industry since.
Berger won his seat in the 2008 provincial election with 64 per cent of the vote in the constituency of Livingstone-Macleod. He currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development and sits on the Cabinet Policy Committee on Resources and the Environment. Berger chairs the Land-use Framework MLA Committee. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Resource and Environment; the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing; and the First Nations/Metis/Inuit Workforce Action Plan MLA Committee.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Berger spent nearly 16 years in municipal politics, as a member of council in the municipal district of Willow Creek. During his council terms, he served as reeve for nine years and spent six years as chair of the Municipal Planning Commission and the Agricultural Service Board.
By a vote margin of less than 1200, Mr. Berger was defeated by Wildrose candidate Pat Stier in April, 2012. Alberta Premier Alison Redford appointed Mr Berger to a position paying approximately $150,000 per year a few months after his defeat. He remained a member of the PC Party and ran again for his old seat during the 2015 election. During the campaign, Premier Jim Prentice appeared alongside Berger during his campaign. Berger once again lost to Stier on election day.
Berger lives in Nanton with his wife, Laurie, and their three children: Talia, Brita and Joel. He is still actively involved in agriculture, but has cut back on his work load by letting go of rented land and paring down his cow herd.
|Alberta general election, 2008: Livingstone-Macleod|
|Progressive Conservative||Evan Berger||6,037||64.2%||+13.16%|
|Wildrose Alliance||John W. Macleod||988||10.1%||−4.43%|
|New Democratic||Phil Burpee||476||5.1%||−1.23%|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||58|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||8.66%|
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