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 byClint Dunford
Succeeded byShannon Phillips
Personal details
Born (1954-02-07) February 7, 1954 (age 65)
Fergus, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ChildrenJosh and Lauren
ResidenceLethbridge, Alberta
Alma materUniversity 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 was elected to 3- 3 Year Terms as Alderman for the City of Lethbridge Serving on Lethbridge City Council from October 1992 to October 2001. During this time He Chaired and Served on Numerous Provincial and Municipal boards and commissions, including Lethbridge Police Commission, Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board. 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
Greens Brennan Tilley 392 3.42 -0.06
Total votes 11,450
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 47
Eligible electors / Turnout 33,934 33.88 -11.68
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +0.75
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 5,810 36.66 -7.02
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 4,746 29.95 +19.65
Wildrose Kevin Kinahan 4,235 26.72 +19.25
Liberal Bal Boora 881 5.56 -29.57
Alberta Party David Walters 177 1.11
Total valid votes 15,849 98.97
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 165 1.03
Registered electors / Turnout 29,267 54.72 +20.84
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -13.34
Alberta general election, 2015: Lethbridge-West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Shannon Phillips 11,114 59.18 +29.23
Progressive Conservative Greg Weadick 3,938 20.97 -15.69
Wildrose Ron Bain 3,063 16.31 -10.41
Liberal Sheila Pyne 634 3.38 -2.18
Total valid votes 18,779 99.05
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 181 0.95 -0.08
Registered electors / Turnout 34,146 55.53 +0.81
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +22.46