Frank Oberle Jr.

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Frank Oberle
MLA for Peace River
In office
Preceded by Gary Friedel
Succeeded by Debbie Jabbour
Personal details
Born (1957-10-27) October 27, 1957 (age 60)
Ashcroft, British Columbia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Peace River, Alberta
Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Occupation Professional forester

Frank Edward Oberle Jr. (born October 27, 1957) is a Canadian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the provincial constituency of Peace River as a Progressive Conservative, from 2004 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

Oberle was born in Ashcroft, British Columbia. He studied forest resource technology at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 1980. In 1988, he obtained a bachelor of science in forestry from the University of New Brunswick. Oberle won the Governor General's award (gold medal) in forestry, the highest university achievement in 1988.

Oberle worked for Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. from 1988 until his election in 2004, first as a management forester and, subsequently, as senior forestry advisor. He is a registered professional forester (RPF) with the College of Professional Foresters (CAPF).

Oberle's father, Frank Oberle Sr., served as the Member of Parliament for Prince George—Peace River from 1972 to 1993. Frank Oberle Sr. served as the Minister of State for Science and Technology and, later, the Minister of Forestry under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Political career[edit]

Oberle was first elected as MLA for Peace River in the 2004 provincial election with 55 per cent of the vote. During his first term, he served as a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee, the Standing Committee on Resources and Environment, the Cabinet Policy Committee on Resources and the Environment, and the Energy Council. Oberle also served as chief government whip and deputy chair of the Members Services Committee prior to his appointment to cabinet.

Oberle was elected to a second term representing the constituency of Peace River in the 2008 provincial election, receiving 65 per cent of the vote. He currently serves as chief government whip. Oberle also serves as the deputy chair of the Special Standing Committee on Members Services and is a member of the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee. He was Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security from 2010 to 2011, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development from 2011 to 2012, Minister of Aboriginal Relations from 2013 to 2014 and Minister of Energy from 2014 to 2015.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Oberle lives with his wife Debbie in Peace River. The couple has two children, Kevin and Sadie. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, woodworking, and river boating.[3]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2004: Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 2,884 54.90 -9.53
Liberal Adam Bourque 1,092 20.79 -5.51
New Democratic Stephen Crocker 546 10.39 +4.63
Alberta Alliance Garry Checknita 537 10.22
Social Credit Patsy Lindberg 194 3.70
Total valid votes 5,253
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 26
Eligible electors / Turnout 17,142 30.80 -5.62
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.52
"Peace River Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
Alberta general election, 2008: Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 3,265 64.63 +9.73
New Democratic Adele Boucher Rymhs 1,248 24.70 +14.31
Wildrose Alliance George Beinert 539 10.67 +0.45
Total valid votes 5,052
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 29
Eligible electors / Turnout 18,921 26.70 -4.10
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.29
The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 502–507. 

Alberta general election, 2012: Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 4,339 55.69 -8.94
Wildrose Alan Forsyth 2,213 28.40 +17.73
New Democratic Wanda Laurin 730 9.37 -15.33
Liberal Remi Tardif 509 6.53
Total valid votes 7,791
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 40
Registered electors / Turnout 19,452 40.26 +13.56
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.34
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Peace River". Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
Alberta general election, 2015: Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Debbie Jabbour 3,821 39.37 +30.00
Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 3,529 36.36 -19.33
Wildrose Nathan Steinke 1,979 20.39 -8.01
Alberta Party Sherry Hilton 376 3.87
Total valid votes 9,705
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 40
Registered electors / Turnout 20,464 47.62 +7.36
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +24.67
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Peace River". Retrieved July 10, 2018. 


  1. ^ "Premier Alison Redford shuffles cabinet". CBC News. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jim Prentice sworn in as Alberta Premier, names new cabinet". Metro News. September 15, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oberle's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography". 

External links[edit]

Alberta Provincial Government of Ed Stelmach
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Fred Lindsay Minister of Public Security
Fred Lindsay Solicitor General