Heather Forsyth

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Heather Forsyth
MLA Heather Forsyth.jpg
Leader of the Opposition in Alberta
In office
December 22, 2014 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byDanielle Smith
Succeeded byBrian Jean
Leader of the Wildrose Party
Interim
In office
December 22, 2014 – March 28, 2015
Preceded byDanielle Smith
Succeeded byBrian Jean
Minister of Children's Services in Alberta
In office
November 25, 2004 – December 15, 2006
Preceded byIris Evans
Succeeded byJanis Tarchuk
Solicitor General of Alberta
Minister of Public Security
In office
March 16, 2001 – November 25, 2004
Preceded byVacant
Succeeded byHarvey Cenaiko
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Fish Creek
In office
June 15, 1993 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byWilliam Edward Payne
Succeeded byRichard Gotfried
Personal details
Born
Heather Mae Forsyth[1]

(1950-08-01) August 1, 1950 (age 70)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political partyConservative
Other political
affiliations
Wildrose (2010-2015)
Progressive Conservative (1993-2010)
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
OccupationRetired Politician

Heather Mae Forsyth (born August 1, 1950) is a former Canadian politician. She was named interim leader of the Wildrose Party on December 22, 2014, following the defection of the previous leader, Danielle Smith, and eight other MLAs.[2] Forsyth is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Fish Creek as a Wildrose Alliance representative.[3] She was a Progressive Conservative until she crossed the floor on January 4, 2010.[4] In the 2012 Alberta general election, Forsyth was reelected along with 16 other Wildrose MLAs to form the Official Opposition.[5] Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith then appointed Forsyth as Health Critic.[3] Forsyth retired from Alberta politics in 2015 after her stint as interim leader of the Wildrose Party. [6]

Political work[edit]

Heather Forsyth was first elected on June 15, 1993 and served for a total of 21 years, 10 months and 21 days.[3] She spent the entire length of her political career representing the Calgary-Fish Creek constituency.[3] Forsyth was a member of the Progressive Conservative party from June 15, 1993 until January 4, 2010 until she crossed the floor to the Wildrose Party, which she remained a part of until her retirement in 2015.[3] While in office, she served as member, chair and deputy chair of numerous standing committees, 56 in total.[3] Forsyth also held positions such as Critic for Service Alberta, Health, Critic for Culture and Community Services, Critic for Employment and Immigration, Critic for Health and Wellness as well as Critic for Seniors.[3] Forsyth also held the position of Solicitor General from March 19, 2001 until November 24, 2004, and was Minister of Children's Services from November 25, 2004 until December 14, 2006.[3]

In 1997, Forsyth led the Task Force on Children Involved in Prostitution and helped submit a report that recommended changes to the Child Welfare Act entitled, Children Involved In Prostitution: Report by The Task Force on Children Involved in Prostitution.[7][8] In 2000, Forsyth was chair of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation and was involved with the report entitled A Framework for Action: A Coordinated and Integrated Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant System for Alberta.[9] In 2007, Forsyth led the Crime Reduction and Safe Communities Task Force as chair and submitted the report entitled Keeping Communities Safe: Report and Recommendations.[10]

Forsyth was successful in winning 6 elections over her political career.[3] Typically, Forsyth was elected with substantial leads over her opponents but notably, one of her narrowest victories occurred in the 2012 Alberta general election, where she edged out her main competitor from the Progressive Conservative Party, Wendelin Fraser, by a count of 38 votes.[11] Forsyth is perhaps best known for being named Interim Leader of the Wildrose Party, which occurred after the departure of former Wildrose leader, Danielle Smith and nine other former Wildrose MLAs to the Progressive Conservative party.[2] At the time, Forsyth knew that she would not be seeking reelection due to family reasons, but said that she would be willing to offer her leadership until the next election that would eventually take place on May 5, 2015.[2]

Charity work[edit]

Heather Forsyth is also known for her charity golf tournament: The Peanut Butter Classic. The tournament is an annual women's charity golf tournament.[12] Forsyth founded the charity, which collects and donates jars of peanut butter for the Calgary Food Bank in 2003.[13] Since its foundation, the Peanut Butter Classic has also raised over 1.7 million dollars for charities in the Calgary area including Alcove, an addictions recovery centre for women that offers accommodations for women and children to keep them together.[13] The charity is entirely oranzized and operated by volunteers.[12] Calgary firefighters have been involved in volunteering at the event since its earliest days.[13] The tournament gives 98% of its proceeds to charity.[13]

Election results[edit]

1993 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 7,855 54.65% 6.68%
Liberal Marie Cameron 5,346 37.20% -0.63%
New Democratic Kerin Spaargaren 558 3.88% -10.32%
Independent Roy Carey 544 3.78%
Natural Law Darlene Holt 70 0.49%
Total 14,373
Rejected, spoiled and declined 18
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,447 64.11%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 3.66%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
1997 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 8,274 66.62% 11.97%
Liberal Marie Cameron 3,020 24.32% -12.88%
Social Credit Jeff Willerton 778 6.26%
New Democratic Muriel Turner-Wilkinson 348 2.80% -1.08%
Total 12,420
Rejected, spoiled and declined 27
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,697 54.84%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 12.43%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
2001 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 9,716 74.54% 7.92%
Liberal Marc Doll 2,853 21.89% -2.43
New Democratic Ryan Todd 465 3.57% 0.77%
Total 13,034
Rejected, spoiled and declined 42
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,554 58.01%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.18%
Source "Calgary-Fish Creek Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
2004 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 6,829 57.83% −16.71%
Liberal Tore Badenduck 2,845 24.09% 2.20%
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 793 6.72% 3.15%
Alberta Alliance Mike Kuipers 781 6.61%
Green Chris Sealy 561 4.75%
Total 11,809
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 52
Eligible electors / Turnout 26,174 45.32%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −9.46%
Source: "Calgary-Fish Creek Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
2008 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Heather Forsyth 6,884 52.30% −5.53%
Liberal Laura Shutiak 4,038 30.68% 6.59%
Wildrose Alliance Jamie Buchan 1,261 9.58% 2.97%
Green Kerry Fraser 556 4.22% −0.53%
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 423 3.22% −3.50%
Total 13,162
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 41
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,180 42.35%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −6.06%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 202–205.
2012 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fish Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Heather Forsyth 7,672 43.94 +34.36
Progressive Conservative Wendelin Fraser 7,634 43.72 −8.58
Liberal Nazir Rahemtulla 1,260 7.22 −23.46
New Democratic Eric Leavitt 894 5.12 +1.91
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +21.47

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2014-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Heather Forsyth named Alberta Wildrose interim leader". Maclean's. The Canadian Press. December 22, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Member Profiles". Legislative Assembly Of Alberta. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Wildrose Party announces Heather Forsyth as new interim leader". The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gale Group. December 22, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Election Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  6. ^ Bellefontaine, Michelle (May 5, 2018). "Barriers to women in politics 'socialist crap,' Heather Forsyth tells UCP meeting". CBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "ISYS 9 Search Results for heather forsyth". www.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  8. ^ Task Force on Children Involved in Prostitution (Alta.); Alberta; Alberta Family and Social Services; Task Force on Children Involved in Prostitution (Alta.) (1997). Children involved in prostitution: report. Edmonton: The Task Force. OCLC 1070966827.
  9. ^ "Framework for Action: A Coordinated and Integrated Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant System for Alberta. April 19, 2000". librarysearch.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  10. ^ "Keeping communities safe : report and recommendations". librarysearch.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  11. ^ "Election Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  12. ^ a b Young, Claire; May 29, Calgary Herald Updated; 2015 (2015-05-29). "Peanut Butter Classic swings into action helping women and children | Calgary Herald". Retrieved 2019-11-04.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ a b c d Young, Claire (June 22, 2018). "Peanut Butter Classic raises $160,000 for Alcove". Calgary Herald. Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 27, 2019.