George Groeneveld

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George Groeneveld
MLA for Highwood
In office
2004–2012
Preceded byDon Tannas
Succeeded byDanielle Smith
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Alberta government
In office
December 15, 2006 – January 15, 2010
Preceded byDoug Horner
Succeeded byJack Hayden
Personal details
Born1940/1941 (age 77–78)[1]
Blackie, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Judith
OccupationPolitician

George Groeneveld (born 1940 or 1941) is a Canadian politician and was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Highwood as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Groeneveld was born in Blackie, Alberta. He served as regional director of the Alberta Wheat Pool. In this role, he attended the Canadian International Grains Institute. Groeneveld was Agricore United's first vice-president.

Political career[edit]

Groeneveld first sought public office in the 2004 provincial election in the constituency of Highwood. In that election, he received 64% of the vote. In 2006, following the leadership race for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, newly elected Premier Ed Stelmach appointed Groeneveld as Minister of Agriculture and Food. In the 2008 provincial election that followed, Groeneveld secured his position as MLA for Highwood with 65% of the vote. In March 2008, he was reappointed as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Personal life[edit]

Groeneveld is married to Judith. The couple has four children together. He is an active member of his community and Gladys United Church.[2]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2004: Highwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative George Groeneveld 6,737 63.59% −16.30%
Liberal Lori Czerwinski 1,846 17.43% 5.44%
Alberta Alliance Brian Wickhorst 731 6.90%
Green Sheelagh Matthews 547 5.16% 1.68%
New Democratic Catherine Costen 433 4.09% −0.55%
Separation Cory Morgan 300 2.83%
Total 10,594
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 81
Eligible Electors / Turnout 23,519 45.39%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −10.87%
Source: "Highwood Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
2008 Alberta general election results ( Highwood ) Turnout 42.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative George Groeneveld 7,716 65%
     Liberal Stan Shedd 1,647 14%
Green John Barrett 690 6%
     NDP Carolyn Boulton 392 3%
Wildrose Alliance Daniel W. Doherty 1,405 12%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calgary riding results : Rob Anderson - Aged 30". Canada.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  2. ^ "Groeneveld's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography". Assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2015-06-06.