Jack Hayden (politician)

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Jack Hayden
MLA for Drumheller-Stettler
In office
Preceded byShirley McClellan
Succeeded byRick Strankman
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation in the Alberta government
In office
October 12, 2011 – May 8, 2012
Preceded byCindy Ady
Succeeded byChristine Cusanelli
Former Minister of Infrastructure in the Alberta government
In office
March 12, 2008 – October 12, 2011
Preceded byLuke Ouellette
Succeeded byJeff Johnson
Personal details
John Ralph Hayden

c. 1950 (age 68–69)[1]
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceEndiang, Alberta

John Ralph "Jack" Hayden (born c. 1950) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, who represented the constituency of Drumheller-Stettler as a Progressive Conservative from 2007 to 2012.

Political career[edit]

Hayden was elected to his second term representing the constituents of Drumheller-Stettler with 69 per cent of the vote in the 2008 provincial election. He was appointed as Minister of Infrastructure after the election by Premier Ed Stelmach.[2]

Hayden was first elected in a 2007 by-election, winning 58 per cent of the vote, to fill a spot left vacant when Shirley McClellan, a 20-year veteran of the Legislature, resigned. In 2006, he was rural campaign chair for Premier Ed Stelmach's leadership bid.[3]

Before entering provincial politics, Hayden was involved in municipal government. He was a councillor and reeve in the County of Stettler. Hayden was elected president of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties in 1998, and remained president until he vacated his position are reeve in 2004.

Hayden represented rural interests on numerous committees, including Prime Minister Paul Martin's External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, and numerous provincial advisory boards. He was placed on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Roll of Honour in 2006, after serving on the board of directors for six years.

Personal life[edit]

Hayden lives on a farm near Endiang. Jack has three grown children.

In 2002, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, honouring his service to community.[2]

Election results[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, June 12, 2007: Drumheller-Stettler
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 4,180 57.65 −7.37
Liberal Tom Dooley 993 13.69
Social Credit Larry Davidson 852 11.75 9.08
Independent John Rew 519 7.16
Alberta Alliance Dave France 355 4.90 −8.68
Green Jennifer Wigmore 249 3.43
New Democratic Richard Bough 103 1.42 −6.92
Total 7,251
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 21
Eligible electors / Turnout 22,509 32.31
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −10.53
Source: "Report on the June 12, 2007 by-elections Calgary-Elbow and Drumheller-Stettler" (PDF). Elections Alberta. pp. 4–10. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
Alberta general election, 2008: Drumheller-Stettler
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 6,986 68.90% 11.25%
Liberal Tom Dooley 1,463 14.43% 0.73%
Wildrose Alliance Dave France 1,062 10.47% 5.57%
Green Amanda Bolton 353 3.48% 0.05%
New Democratic Richard Bough 276 2.72% 1.30%
Total 10,140
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 35
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,268 43.73%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 5.99%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. pp. 402–407.