Greg Weadick

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Greg Weadick
Advanced Education Minister Greg Weadick.jpg
Greg Weadick in 2011
MLA for Lethbridge-West
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Clint Dunford
Succeeded by Shannon Phillips
Personal details
Born (1954-02-07) February 7, 1954 (age 63)
Fergus, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Joanne
Children Josh and Lauren
Residence Lethbridge, Alberta
Alma mater University of Lethbridge

Gregory William Weadick (born February 7, 1954) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Lethbridge-West as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Weadick has deep roots in his community as a fourth-generation Lethbridgian. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Lethbridge in 1976, before beginning his career as a certified irrigation design consultant. Weadick has been successful in small business, and is co-owner of Yardworks & Tileworks and president of Frontier Irrigation Inc. He was the founding president of Lethbridge Youth Services and 5th-on-5th Youth Services.[1]

Political career[edit]

Weadick won his provincial seat in Lethbridge-West in 2008, where he received 44 percent of the vote.[2] He chairs the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy and is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members Services and the Standing Committee on the Economy.

Weadick was called by Ed Stelmach to serve in the Cabinet as Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. As a Cabinet member, he played a leading role in implementing the Stelmach agenda.

Before entering provincial politics, Weadick was active in municipal government. He served as a city councillor in Lethbridge for nine years, starting in 1991. He was instrumental behind the "pay as you go" budget-balancing strategy. During this time, Weadick participated in Provincial Task Forces on police funding and air transportation.

In 1997, Weadick ran unsuccessfully for the former federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the Lethbridge electoral district.

Personal life[edit]

Weadick lives in Lethbridge with his wife, Joanne. Their two children, Josh and Lauren, attend the University of Lethbridge.

Weadick is one of the founders of the Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, founding president of the Lethbridge Youth Foundation and 5th on 5th Youth Services. He spent several years as director of the Lethbridge and District Chamber of Commerce and is a Rotarian.[1]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2008: Lethbridge-West
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,002 43.68% 3.84%
Liberal Bal Boora 4,022 35.13% 2.35%
New Democratic James Moore 1,179 10.30% −1.96%
Wildrose Matt Fox 855 7.47% −2.83%
Green Brennan Tilley 392 3.42% −0.06%
Total votes 11,450
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 47
Eligible electors / Turnout 33,934 33.88%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 472–475. 
Alberta general election, 2012: Lethbridge-West
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 5,390 36.64%
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 4,275 29.06%
Wildrose Kevin Kinahan 3,960 26.92%
Liberal Bal Boora 826 5.62%
Alberta Party David Walters 259 1.76%
Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 11,284 59.5%
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 3,984 21.9%
Wildrose Ron Bain 3,071 16.2%
Liberal Sheila Pyne 639 3.4%