Ian McClelland

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Ian McClelland
Member of House of Commons of Canada
In office
Preceded byJim Edwards
Succeeded byJames Rajotte
ConstituencyEdmonton Southwest
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
12 March 2001 – 22 November 2004
Preceded byPercy Wickman
Succeeded byRick Miller
Personal details
Born (1942-06-22) 22 June 1942 (age 77)
Trail, British Columbia
Political partyReform
Canadian Alliance
Progressive Conservative (Alberta)

Ian G. McClelland (born 22 June 1942) is an Edmonton-based businessperson, who was a member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1993 to 2000, and a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2004.



Ian McClelland graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1965, as a member of the first graduating class in Photographic Technology.[1] In 1975, he started Colorfast Corporation, which grew under his management and ownership to become the largest independent photofinisher in Western Canada. At its peak, the company had twenty seven retail outlets, three manufacturing facilities and serviced five hundred retail outlets in Western Canada. McClelland sold the business to an employee, when he stood as a candidate in the 1993 federal election.[2] In 1992, McClelland was honoured as a "Distinguished Friend of the Institute" by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.[3]

Federal politics[edit]

McClelland was elected in the Edmonton Southwest electoral district under the Reform party in the 1993 and 1997 federal elections, thus serving in the 35th and 36th Canadian Parliaments. He served as a Deputy Speaker in the 36th Parliament, and was the first member of the Official Opposition to be so appointed. In 2000, McClelland announced that he would not seek a third term, and did not stand for re-election in the 2000 federal election.

Alberta politics[edit]

In 2001, McClelland was elected to the Alberta Legislature in the Edmonton-Rutherford riding. In 2004, after serving his term in the 25th Alberta Legislative Assembly, McClelland was defeated in that riding by Liberal Rick Miller.

Later public service[edit]


In December 2006, Ian McClelland was appointed as a Director of Northlands in Edmonton, being one of two directors representing the Government of Canada, as specified in the Articles of Association of Northlands.[4] McClelland was cited in part as follows: "Through his careers in government and the photofinishing industry, Mr. McClelland has shown his dedication and commitment to serving the Province of Alberta." Northlands has operated as a non-profit organization in Edmonton since 1879, and is a principal organizer of events in the city, including the Edmonton Exhibition (Capital EX) and numerous trade shows.[5]

As a marriage commissioner[edit]

Ian McClelland is also a licensed marriage commissioner who at his residence presided over the wedding of Canadian Member of Parliament Helena Guergis and former Canadian Member of Parliament Rahim Jaffer on 15 October 2008, immediately following the latter's electoral defeat.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Alumni Relations History", at www.nait.ca
  2. ^ Paul Marck, Digital photography doomed Colorfast Archived 31 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Edmonton Journal, 24 June 2006, detailing the closure of the company at that time. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
  3. ^ "Alumni Relations History" at www.nait.ca
  4. ^ "Ian McClelland Appointed to Northlands Boards of Directors (News Release)". Industry Canada. 21 December 2006.[dead link]
  5. ^ "About Northlands" at www.northlands.com
  6. ^ Henton, Darcy (17 October 2008). "Jaffer turns up married after defeat". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Jaffer concedes race, ties the knot". CBC News. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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