Notley in 1982
|Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta|
November 2, 1982 – October 19, 1984
|Preceded by||Raymond Speaker|
|Succeeded by||Ray Martin|
|Leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party|
November 10, 1968 – October 19, 1984
|Preceded by||Neil Reimer|
|Succeeded by||Ray Martin|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
August 30, 1971 – October 19, 1984
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||Jim Gurnett|
Walter Grant Notley
January 19, 1939
|Died||October 19, 1984 (aged 45)|
near High Prairie, Alberta
|Political party||Alberta NDP|
|Children||Rachel, Paul and Stephen|
Walter Grant Notley (January 19, 1939 – October 19, 1984) was a Canadian politician. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1984 and also served as leader of the Alberta NDP from 1968 to 1984.
Notley was born in Didsbury, Alberta, the son of Francis (Grant) and James Walter Notley, who were farmers. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1960 with a history degree. After having been involved with the Alberta New Democratic Party in campus politics, he became the party's provincial secretary in 1962.
Notley ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature for the first time in the 1963 as a candidate for the Alberta NDP. He was easily defeated, finishing last in the four-way race losing to incumbent Edgar Gerhart.
Notley was elected leader of the Alberta NDP in 1968.
Notley ran in the 1971 provincial election, he won a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the electoral district of Spirit River-Fairview defeating incumbent Adolph Fimrite. He served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Spirit River-Fairview, and was, for eleven years, the sole NDP MLA in the provincial legislature.
On October 19, 1984, Notley and five other passengers were killed near Slave Lake in northern Alberta when Wapiti Aviation Flight 402 crashed into a snow-covered, wooded hillside. Four people survived the crash, including then Minister of Housing, Larry Shaben.
A year after Notley's death, his party achieved a breakthrough. In the 1986 provincial election, the NDP, for the first time, won 16 seats and 29 percent of the vote.
Notley's daughter, Rachel Notley, served as MLA (NDP) for the provincial riding of Edmonton Strathcona, from the 2008 provincial election to the present. She became leader of the party on October 18, 2014, as her father had before her, and she served as premier of Alberta, from May 24, 2015 to April 30, 2019. She currently serves as the Leader of the Official Opposition.
In 2010 the Peace River farm district Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley was renamed Central Peace-Notley. Notley had represented the area as MLA from 1971 to his death in 1984.
A statue was erected in his honour in Edmonton's Grant Notley Park near Lemarchand Mansion, 100th Avenue and 118 Street.
Socialism and Democracy Essays in Honour of Grant Notley (NeWest Press, 1987) was published after his death.
The biography Grant Notley The Social Conscience of Alberta by Howard A. Leeson was published by UofA Press in 1992, reprinted 2015.
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