Janet Keeping

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Janet Keeping
Leader of the Green Party of Alberta
In office
2012–2017
Preceded by Larry Ashmore (interim)
Succeeded by Romy Tittel
Personal details
Political party Green Party
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Calgary

Janet Keeping was the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, serving in this capacity from September 2012 to November 2017. Keeping was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary since 1973.

She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a B.S. in architecture in 1971, and then studied environmental design.[1] Keeping moved from Boston to Calgary in 1973 and earned a master's degree in philosophy prior to being admitted to the law school at the University of Calgary, where she graduated with a first law degree in 1981.[2][3]

Keeping co-founded the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre where she was its first Executive Director and was, from 1984 to 2006, a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), housed at The Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. While at CIRL Janet Keeping was Director of Russian Programs and led several studies funded by the Canadian International Development Agency in which she visited Russia and collaborated with Russian lawyers and scholars. Additionally, she was President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership at the Centre for Constitutional Studies from 2006 to 2012.[4]

Janet Keeping has lectured at The Faculty of Law, University of Calgary and was named honorary professor at the Faculty of Law, Tyumen State University during her time there as CIRL's Director of Russian Programs. In recognition of her legal work and scholarship, Keeping was awarded the Medal of Service by the Academic Council of Tomsk State University.[5]

In September 2015, she was a by-election candidate in the district of Calgary-Foothills,[6] but finished sixth with 3% of the vote.[7] Keeping was endorsed as Leader of the Green Party of Alberta by Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada.[8]

Janet Keeping lives in Calgary's Hillhurst community where she raised three children with her husband.[9]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Foothills
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Jim Prentice 7,163 40.3 -17.92
New Democratic Anne Wilson 5,748 32.4 +28.71
Wildrose Keelan Frey 3,216 18.1 -11.78
Liberal Ali Bin Zahid 1,271 7.2 +3.00
Green Janet Keeping 363 2.0 -0.04
Total valid votes 17,761
Rejected, spoiled and declined 93
Turnout 17,854 52.5
Eligible voters 34,000
Because Jim Prentice disclaimed his right to become an MLA before the end of the appeal period for the official results, this riding's election was declared void.[10]
Source: Elections Alberta[11]
Alberta provincial by-election, September 3, 2015: Calgary-Foothills
Voiding of general election results due to Jim Prentice disclaiming his seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,877 38.35 +20.24
New Democratic Bob Hawkesworth 3,270 25.71 -6.65
Progressive Conservative Blair Houston 2,746 21.59 -18.74
Liberal Ali Bin Zahid 791 6.22 -0.94
Alberta Party Mark Taylor 610 4.80 +4.80
Green Janet Keeping 377 2.96 +0.92
Independent Antoni Grochowski 46 0.36
Total valid votes 12,717
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 39.48
Eligible voters 32,212
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +19.49

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