Jeff Wilson (politician)

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Jeff Wilson
MLA Jeff Wilson 2013.jpg
MLA for Calgary-Shaw
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byCindy Ady
Succeeded byGraham Sucha
Personal details
Born1977/1978 (age 40–41)
Political partyWildrose Party (2012-2014)
Alberta Progressive Conservative Party (2014-present)
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
OccupationCommunications

Jeff Wilson (born c. 1978) is a Canadian politician who was an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta formerly representing the electoral district of Calgary-Shaw. He was first elected in the 2012 provincial election as a member of the Wildrose Party, and currently remains a member of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.

Wilson graduated from Harry Collinge high school in Hinton, Alberta. He completed a broadcasting diploma at Mount Royal College in Calgary in 2000. He worked in the communications field as an employee with AVW-TELAV, a North American audiovisual solutions company. Wilson served as president of the Broadcasting Society from 1999 to 2000 while attending Mount Royal college. An active member of his community, he has volunteered at Calgary’s Ronald McDonald House and with the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. He also serves as a member of the Select Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee. [1]

As a politician, Wilson has been known for his good humour after asking two government ministers "Why are you so awesome?" and the deputy premier, "Why is your hair so awesome?" during Question Period on the last day of the 2012 fall session.[2] In the 2013 spring sitting, Wilson furthered his reputation for good humour when he gained access to the government whip's notepad and sent notes to Progressive Conservative MLAs while in the Legislative Assembly, some of which advised MLAs to more enthusiastically applaud their government colleagues.[3]

Wilson was an outspoken critic of changes to the funding model for persons with developmental disabilities in the 2013-2014 provincial budget, and called on the government to reduce administrative costs.[4]

On December 17, 2014, he was one of nine Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to join the Progressive Conservative caucus[5] but lost his reelection campaign in 2015 to the NDP's Graham Sucha.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Shaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Jeff Wilson 7,365 45.21 +34.70
Progressive Conservative Farouk Adatia 6,864 42.13 -15.99
Liberal John Roggeveen 1,126 6.91 -17.61
New Democratic Ashley Fairall 599 3.68 +0.91
Alberta Party Brandon Beasley 337 2.07
Total 16,291

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Shaw
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Graham Sucha 5,449 31.3
Progressive Conservative Jeff Wilson 5,348 30.7
Wildrose Brad Leishman 5,301 30.4
Liberal Alexander Barrow 668 3.8
Alberta Party Evert Smith 661 3.8
Total valid votes 17,427 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 97
Turnout 17,524 57.5
Eligible voters 30,458
Source: Elections Alberta[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta Jeff Wilson biography". Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  2. ^ "Alberta legislature fall sitting ends as began, with anger, finger-pointing". Global News. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. ^ "MLAs whip up some laughs with 'borrowed' notepad". Calgary Herald. May 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  4. ^ "Hundreds protest cuts to programs for disabled". Ottawa Citizen. May 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  5. ^ "9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories". CBC News, December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/floor-crosser-incumbent-wilson-looks-to-regain-seat-in-calgary-shaw
  7. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-01.