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 by Cindy Ady
Succeeded by Graham Sucha
Personal details
Born 1977/1978 (age 37–38)
Political party Wildrose Party (2012-2014)
Alberta Progressive Conservative Party (2014-present)
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Occupation Communications

Jeff Wilson (born c. 1978) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 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 sits with 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] Wilson lost his reelection campaign in 2015 to the NDP's Graham Sucha.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Wildrose Jeff Wilson 7,366 45.22% *
Progressive Conservative Farouk Adatia 6,864 42.13% *
Liberal John Roggeveen 1,109 6.81% *
New Democratic Ashley Fairall 615 3.78% *
Alberta Party Brandon Beasley 337 2.07% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Graham Sucha 5,444 31.24 +27.56
Progressive Conservative Jeff Wilson 5,352 30.71 -11.42
Wildrose Brad Leishman 5,299 30.41 -14.80
Liberal Alexander Barrow 670 3.84 -3.07
Alberta Party Evert Smith 661 3.79 +1.72
Total 16,291
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible electors / Turnout  %

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