Janis Tarchuk

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Janis Tarchuk
MLA for Banff-Cochrane
In office
Preceded byBrian Evans
Succeeded byRon Casey
Personal details
Born1955/1956 (age 62–63)[1]
Guelph, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceBanff, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Guelph

Janis Tarchuk is a Canadian politician and was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Banff-Cochrane as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Ms. Tarchuk has a long history of community involvement. Prior to provincial politics she chaired and sat on several local health and education boards, and served as an executive member of the Alberta School Boards Association, director of Jubilee Insurance and a board member of the Alberta Educational Technology and Research Foundation.

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Ms Tarchuk received her bachelor of arts degree majoring in political science at the University of Guelph.

Political career[edit]

Tarchuk was first elected on March 11, 1997, and served four terms as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Banff-Cochrane.

During this time she has chaired several key committees related to economic development, finance, taxation, sustainable development and health and has served as Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister of Children's Services.

Currently Ms. Tarchuk is Chair of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

She is also on the board of Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, an Alberta Innovates advisory body that provides strategic advice and recommendations to the Government of Alberta on research opportunities, emerging technologies and policy direction to enhance innovation.

In addition she is a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Education, the Standing Committee on Education and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.

Personal life[edit]

As a resident of the Bow Valley for over 30 years, her personal interests include skiing, hiking, reading and the many local cultural opportunities. Tarchuk and her husband Byron live in Banff and have two grown children.

Election results[edit]

2001 Alberta general election: Banff-Cochrane
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Janis Tarchuk 9,418 70.21% 9.08%
Liberal Norman Kent 2,147 16.01% −10.81%
New Democratic Cathy Harrop 1,311 9.77% 3.35%
Independent Cory Morgan 538 4.01%
Total 13,414
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 55
Eligible Electors / Turnout 27,228 49.47%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 9.95%
Source: "Banff-Cochrane Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
2008 Alberta general election results ( Banff-Cochrane ) Turnout 37.3%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Janis Tarchuk 4,727 49.3%
     Liberal Patricia Robertson 2,753 28.7%
Green Dan Cunin 1,353 14.1%
     NDP Anne Wilson 575 6.0%
     Independent Zrinko R. Ameri 172 1.8%
2004 Alberta general election results ( Banff-Cochrane ) Turnout 38.0%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Janis Tarchuk 4,238 52.8%
     Liberal Ian McDougall 1,648 20.5%
Alberta Alliance Bob Argent 477 5.9%
     NDP Melissa Cambridge 467 5.8%
Green Chris Foote 1,204 15.0%
1997 Alberta general election results ( Banff-Cochrane ) Turnout 49.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Janis Tarchuk 7,180 61.1%
     Liberal Judy Stewart 3,151 26.8%
     NDP Jeff Eamon 754 6.4%
     Social Credit Scott Mudford 661 5.7%



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2010-06-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)