|Guy C. Boutilier|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
March 11, 1997 – November 22, 2004
|Preceded by||Adam Germain|
November 22, 2004 – 2012
|Succeeded by||Mike Allen|
|Constituency||Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo|
|Alberta Minister of International, Intergovernmental, and Aboriginal Relations|
December 15, 2006 – March 12, 2008
|Preceded by||Pearl Calahasen (Aboriginal Affairs)
Gary Mar (International and Intergovernmental Relations)
|Succeeded by||Gene Zwozdesky (Aboriginal Affairs)
Ron Stevens (International and Intergovernmental Relations)
|Alberta Minister of the Environment|
November 24, 2004 – December 15, 2006
|Preceded by||Lorne Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Rob Renner|
|Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs|
March 15, 2001 – November 24, 2004
|Preceded by||Walter Paszkowski|
|Succeeded by||Rob Renner|
|Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo|
April 1, 1995 – 1997
|Preceded by||New municipality|
|Succeeded by||Doug Faulkner|
|Mayor of Fort McMurray|
October 22, 1992 – April 1, 1995
|Preceded by||E.C. (Betty) Collicott|
|Succeeded by||Amalgamated Regional Charter|
|Fort McMurray Alderman|
October 20, 1986 – October 22, 1992
|Born||1958/1959 (age 56–57)|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative
|Alma mater||St. Francis Xavier University
St. Mary's University
Guy Carleton Boutilier is a Canadian politician, who sat as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1997 to 2012. He was elected as a Progressive Conservative, and served in several capacities in the Cabinet of Alberta under Premiers Ralph Klein and Ed Stelmach before being ejected from the PC caucus in July 2009; he joined the Wildrose Alliance Party after sitting as an independent for a year.
Before entering provincial politics during the 1997 Alberta election, he was involved in municipal politics, having served two terms on the city council of Fort McMurray before being elected mayor of that city in 1992. When Fort McMurray was amalgamated with the surrounding area to form the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in 1995, Boutilier served as the new municipality's first mayor.
Boutilier earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Education from St. Mary's University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has worked as a financial analyst in the petroleum industry and as a business management instructor at Keyano College. He has also lectured at the University of Alberta's school of business.
Boutilier was elected to the Fort McMurray city council on October 20, 1986, to a three-year term as alderman. He was re-elected October 16, 1989, and was elected the youngest mayor in the city's history October 22, 1992. He served in this capacity until April 1, 1995, when Fort McMurray lost its status as a city and was rolled into the new Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. He was the first mayor of this new municipality, serving until 1997 when he resigned to enter provincial politics.
Boutilier was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1997 Alberta election, when he ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Fort McMurray. The incumbent Liberal, Adam Germain, was not seeking re-election, and Boutilier won by defeating John Vyboh by more than a thousand votes. As a backbencher, he moved several bills: the Mines and Minerals Amendment Act was a 1997 government bill designed to enable the implementation of a generic royalty regime for new development in the Alberta oilsands and streamline the process for land leases to oil and gas companies by moving administrative elements from legislation to regulation. The bill passed with Liberal support, but New Democratic leader Pam Barrett opposed the bill out of concerns that it left the legislature out of debates in which it should play a role and provided overly-generous incentives to oil companies without requiring anything from them in return. Also in 1997, Boutilier sponsored the Cost Declaration Accountability Act, a private member's bill that never reached second reading.
In 1998, Boutilier sponsored two more bills. The Railway Act was a government bill that modernized the rules governing the operation of railways in Alberta. The Liberals expressed general support for the bill, but ultimately opposed it on the basis of a clause that allowed cabinet to make regulations on "any matter that the Minister considers is not provided for or is insufficiently provided for" in the Act, which they considered to be dangerously broad. The bill passed. The same year, Boutilier sponsored the Government Accountability Amendment Act, a private member's bill that would have required all government bills to include an associated financial cost to come before the legislature with an estimate of those costs for the ensuing three years. The bill was hoisted for six months on second reading on a motion by Wayne Cao, which, since the legislature was not in session six months later, effectively killed the bill.
He was re-elected in the 2001 election with a substantially increased margin over Vyboh. Following the 2001 election, Premier Ralph Klein named Boutilier to his cabinet as the Minister of Municipal Affairs. In this capacity, Boutilier sponsored the Municipal Government Amendment Act in 2003. The Act allowed municipalities to charge developers off-site road levies, a practice which had been common but which had recently been successfully challenged in court, and passed largely without controversy. Boutilier kept the municipal affairs until after the 2004 election (in which he was again re-elected handily, this time in the newly formed Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo riding), when Klein transferred him to the post of Minister of the Environment. He held this post in 2005, when a Canadian National Railway train derailed, spilling oil into Wabamun Lake. At the time, Boutilier described himself as "damn well pissed off" about the spill and about the allegation that CN had neglected to report that the spill contained carcinogenic chemical, and pledged "to bring to the full extent of the law anyone who has breached Alberta law." CN was eventually charged under federal statutes. He was also at the forefront of his government's opposition to the Kyoto Protocol, at one point slipping his Quebec counterpart Thomas Mulcair a note during a United Nations conference on the subject in Montreal, which Mulcair interpreted as a request that Quebec soften its support of Kyoto in exchange for investment in the Montreal Stock Exchange by Alberta industry. Boutilier characterized the note as "discussions in terms of what we would want to be able to do in a positive environmental initiative" and denied that he was trying to influence Quebec's position.
In the 2006 Progressive Conservative leadership election, Boutilier initially backed Lyle Oberg, and switched his support to eventual winner Ed Stelmach after Oberg was eliminated on the first ballot. When Stelmach succeeded Klein as premier, he named a smaller cabinet than Klein's. This included a merger of the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio with Intergovernmental and International Relations, and Stelmach gave the expanded portfolio to Boutilier. Boutilier was re-elected by another expanded margin in the 2008 election, but was not named to Stelmach's new cabinet, making him the only returning member of the pre-election cabinet not to receive a portfolio. His demotion was met with protest in his home riding, which contains much of the oilsands activity driving Alberta's economy at the time, and the local Progressive Conservative riding association sent a letter of protest to Stelmach.
In July 2009, Stelmach ejected Boutilier from the Progressive Conservative caucus for publicly criticizing the government. Boutilier was upset with delays in the construction of a long-term care facility in his riding, and said that without the facility seniors were being kept in "holding cells" in the local hospital. Stelmach's spokesman said that his ejection was due to his seeking "preferential treatment" for his riding; Boutilier denied that he had done so. In June 2010, after nearly a year as an independent, he joined the Wildrose Alliance Party, saying that the move was "a natural flow", and in hindsight calling his expulsion from the PC Party "the best thing that ever happened to me in my political career".
Return to Municipal Politics
In July 2013, Allen was arrested in a prostitution sting during a government trip to St. Paul, Minnesota. Boutilier remained silent on a possible political comeback, but in October, announced he would be seeking a seat on municipal council for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. When it came to local governance, Boutilier commented that residents were beginning to feel that "the inmates are running the asylum.”
Boutilier would win one of six seats representing the urban Ward 1. Boutilier quickly earned a reputation as a strong fiscally conservative voice on council and frequently criticized past administrations for hiring consultant firms based outside Alberta. In May 2014, it was discovered Boutilier approached the municipality for consultant work prior to being elected to council and after the 2012 provincial election, and submitted a "strategic roadmap" for projects approved by the previous council administration.
For his two-page report, Boutilier was paid $2,957.58. The fee includes $1,050 for two round trips from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. An invoice leaked to the Fort McMurray Today showed Boutilier ran his business out of a residential home in Edmonton. The address and the expenses raised questions regarding Boutilier's residency and his eligibility to hold a council seat. Boutilier said he maintained the property because his son regularly received treatment for autism at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre. He said it served as a second home when he lectured at the University of Alberta.
In November, local businessman Robert Vargo filed a legal challenge questioning Boutilier's residency. In his affidavit, Vargo wrote that Boutilier had relocated to Edmonton shortly after Stelmach expelled him from the Progressive Conservative Party's caucus. Three individuals filed separate affidavits claiming they had rented his Fort McMurray home and had rarely seen him. They also claimed Boutilier was receiving northern living allowances, despite allegedly living in Edmonton.
In January 2015, Vargo dropped the legal challenge and Boutilier resigned from council. Boutilier denied the two incidents were related. On the same day as his resignation, Boutilier purchased a membership with the Progressive Conservative Party's riding association for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, leaving many to believe he would attempt to run as an MLA. When asked how it felt to return to the party that once expelled him from their ranks, he praised the leadership of Premier Jim Prentice and said "it’s all water under the bridge for me. There’s a lot of water under that bridge when it comes to this party."
Boutilier did not attempt to seek the PC nomination in Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. A byelection to fill Boutilier's seat was called for April. Colleen Tatum was reelected to council.
|2008 Alberta general election results (Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo)||Turnout 21.6%|
|Progressive Conservative||Guy Boutilier||4,534||63.5%|
|2004 Alberta general election results (Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo)||Turnout 26.4%|
|Progressive Conservative||Guy Boutilier||4,429||63.2%|
|Alberta Alliance||Eugene Eklund||224||3.2%|
|2001 Alberta general election results (Fort McMurray)||Turnout 38.0%|
|Progressive Conservative||Guy Boutilier||5,914||64.4%|
|1997 Alberta general election results (Fort McMurray)||Turnout 45.6%|
|Progressive Conservative||Guy Boutilier||5,420||55.8%|
|Alberta general election, 2012: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo|
|Progressive Conservative||Mike Allen||3,611||49.06%|
|New Democratic||Denise Woollard||363||4.93%|
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