Ian Donovan

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Ian Donovan
Ian Donovan, Wildrose MLA.jpg
MLA for Little Bow
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byBarry McFarland
Succeeded byDave Schneider
Personal details
Born (1976-07-07) July 7, 1976 (age 44)
High River, Alberta
Political partyIndependent (2019-present)
Other political
United Conservative (2017-2019)
Progressive Conservative (2014-2017)
Wildrose Party (2012-2014)
ResidenceMossleigh Alberta
Websitehttp://www.iandonovan.ca [1]

Ian Donovan (born July 7, 1976) is a Canadian politician who was an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Little Bow.[1][2] Donovan was the Agriculture and Rural Development Critic with the Wildrose Official Opposition, until leaving the caucus in November 2014 to sit as a Progressive Conservative.[3] On May 5, 2015, Donovan lost his reelection bid to Dave Schneider, of the Wildrose.[4]

Early life[edit]

Donovan was born in High River and calls the hamlet of Mossleigh home. A graduate of Senator Riley high school, he has operated a grain farm in Mossleigh for 20 years. In addition to his running his farm, he is a long-time member and former director of the Blackie Seed Cleaning Association. Donovan is an active member of his community, having been involved with the Lions Club of Mossleigh and Community Futures Highwood, a nonprofit community-owned business development organization, for the past 15 years. He also served as councillor for division 9 of Vulcan County from 1995 until his election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Donovan was appointed to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on May 24, 2012. He was appointed to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future on May 28, 2012.[5]

Political career[edit]

Donovan started on Vulcan County council at the age of 19. During his 16 years on council he was reeve for two years, chair of public works, agriculture service board, and was on the planning commission. Other boards he was involved with was Blackie and district seed cleaning co-op, Community Futures Highwood, South grow, Vulcan business Development board, Northwest Fire protection association, and the Mossleigh Lions Club.

Donovan ran for a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 2012 Alberta general election.> Donovan won the general election defeating three other candidates with over half the popular vote.

Premier Alison Redford credited Donovan persuading her to allow the Canadian Taxpayers Federation into the pre-budget release lockup, where journalists and stakeholders receive embargoed copies of the budget prior to being released to the public, after he sent the Premier a hand written note in the legislative assembly.[6] Wildrose had previously offered to bring the CTF on a $1 day long contract to the lockup before Redford's decision to allow the group to attend.

On November 24, 2014, Donovan left the Wildrose Party and "crossed the floor" of the Alberta Legislature to join the governing Alberta Progressive Conservative Party caucus. The move was interpreted by the media in the context of the recent election of Jim Prentice as Alberta PC leader, the loss by Wildrose of four recent byelections, and controversy over the handling of an equality rights resolution at the Wildrose Party's recent convention.[3] On February 8, 2015, Donovan was acclaimed the candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party for the constituency of Little Bow in the next provincial election when no one else offered to challenge him for the nomination.

Electoral record[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Cardston-Siksika
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Joseph Schow 11,980 73.5
New Democratic Kirby Smith 2,606 16.0
Independent Ian Donovan 727 4.5
Alberta Party Casey Douglass 589 3.6
Freedom Conservative Jerry Gautreau 214 1.3
Liberal Cathleen McFarland 173 1.1
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled, and declined
Registered electors

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Little Bow
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose David Schneider 4,803 35.4%
Progressive Conservative Ian Donovan 4,791 35.3%
New Democratic Bev Muendel-Atherstone 3,359 24.7%
Liberal Helen McMenamin 379 2.8%
Social Credit Caleb Van Der Weide 249 1.8%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Little Bow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Ian A. Donovan 6,750 54.03% 30.91%
Progressive Conservative John Kolk 4,502 36.04% -22.02%
New Democratic Bev Muendel-Atherstone 767 6.14% 2.51%
Liberal Everett Tanis 474 3.79% -8.38%
Total 12,493
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 52
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,572 53.22% 10.40%
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -8.47%
Source: "70 - Little Bow, 2012 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2015-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Donovan gives Tories foothold in rural southern Alberta". Edmonton Journal, November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Two Wildrose MLAs crossing floor to Alberta PC Party. Calgary Sun, November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-05. Retrieved 2015-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta Ian Donovan biography".
  6. ^ "Premier Alison Redford allows Canadian Taxpayers Federation into pre-budget lockup". Calgary Sun. March 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-06.

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