George Read (Alberta politician)

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George Read speaking at a Canadians For Kyoto rally in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on March 11, 2007.

George Read is the former leader of the Alberta Greens and formerly a key organizer for the federal Green Party of Canada (GPC) in Alberta.

Green Party organizing[edit]

Read led the provincial and federal Green Parties in Alberta during a period of growth in support for the parties. Prior to his involvement, the Green Party remained well below 1% of the vote in Alberta.

Alberta Greens[edit]

Read was elected leader of the Alberta Greens at the provincial convention held in Red Deer on November 1, 2003. Read won the position against incumbent David Parker.[1]

Green Party of Canada[edit]

Read brought together organizers for the Green Party of Canada who recruited the first full slate of Green candidates in Alberta for the 2004 federal election.

In that election, the Green Party of Canada received a higher percentage of votes in Alberta than in other provinces: the party won 6.3% of the popular vote in the province, and approximately 10% in the ridings of Calgary Centre-North (third highest Green vote percentage in Canada) and Calgary South Centre (fourth highest in Canada). Some commentators[citation needed] ascribed this to the relatively weak position of the Liberal Party of Canada and New Democratic Party in Alberta.

Read was the National campaign manager of the Green Party of Canada for the 2006 Federal election.[2]

Read participated in a committee to decide staff changes in the GPC as of November 2006. One of the positions it would decide would be the National Campaign Manager.

Election campaigns[edit]

In June 2004, he ran for election as the Green Party of Canada candidate in the federal riding of Calgary Southeast, finishing just behind the NDP candidate.

He ran for the provincial Greens in the Calgary-Egmont riding in the 2004 Alberta provincial election. Finishing just behind the Alberta Alliance and ahead of the NDP.

He was the Alberta Greens candidate in the June 12, 2007, by-election for the riding of Calgary Elbow.[3]

Read was the leader of the Alberta Greens in the Mar 3rd 2008 provincial election. He ran in the riding of Calgary Northwest and received 4.95% of the vote. The Alberta Greens moved from 2.8% of the vote in 2004 to 4.6% of the vote in 2008 under Reads Leadership.

The Alberta Greens ran 79 candidates in 2008 up from 49 candidates in 2004.[4]

Partial electoral history[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, June 12, 2007: Calgary-Elbow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Craig Cheffins 4,823 45.77 +9.24
Progressive Conservative Brian Heninger 4,039 38.33 −13.15
Green George Read 590 5.60 +0.66
Alberta Alliance Jane Morgan 439 4.17 +0.56
New Democratic Al Brown 348 3.30 +0.75
Social Credit Trevor Grover 175 1.66 +1.15
Independent Jeff Willerton 124 1.17
Total valid votes 10,538 100.00
Total rejected ballots 41
Turnout 10,579 34.64
Eligible voters 30,538
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +11.20

Personal history[edit]

Read was born and raised Feb 29, 1972[5] in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

As a youth, he was a member of Scouts Canada, which he credits with giving him a love of the outdoors.[citation needed]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Management from the University of Calgary.[6]

He has also been active for many years with the Sierra Club of Canada, in Calgary.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alberta Greens Newsletter 2003
  2. ^ Green Party of Canada resignation press release
  3. ^ Report on the 2007 Alberta By-elections
  4. ^ Information from under election results. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-07-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Calgary Herald July 31, 2009
  7. ^ Sierra Club Chinook Group "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2009-07-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
David Parker
Leader of the Alberta Greens
2003 - 2008
Succeeded by
Joe Anglin