Joan Crockatt

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Joan Crockatt
Joan Crockatt.jpg
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
Assumed office
November 26, 2012
Preceded by Lee Richardson
Personal details
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 59)
Lloydminster, Alberta
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Profession Journalist

Joan Crockatt (born December 5, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election on November 26, 2012.[1] A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, she represented the electoral district of Calgary Centre.

From Alberta, a mother and grandmom, Crockatt is an award-winning business journalist with more than 20 years of communications and media experience. Prior to her election to Parliament, she worked most notably as a senior newspaper executive with the Calgary Herald, and later as a communications consultant and national public affairs commentator.

Personal life[edit]

Crockatt was born and raised in Lloydminster and has called Calgary home for more than 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded a Southam Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Toronto. She studied strategic thinking at the London School of Economics.[2]

Crockatt has been an active community volunteer, chairing the Alberta College of Art and Design's major fundraiser for student scholarships, being a founder of the Lloydminster Sexual Assault Centre, serving as a mentor for the Famous Five Foundation, and competing as a competitive synchronized figure skater (1993 Canadian Silver Medal, 2003 Canadian Festival Silver Medal).[2]

Crockatt is also on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Stampede.[3]

Journalism[edit]

Crockatt has worked as director of editorial for CanWest Global Communications, and managing editor and editorialist for the Calgary Herald. For the past decade, before election to parliament, she has been a communications consultant, working for clients including the Calgary Stampede, corporations and non-profits.[2]

Politics[edit]

During her career in journalism, much of Crockatt's work focused on politics. She has appeared as a political commentator on CBC News Network and Sun News Network.[2]

In November 2012, Crockatt won a by-election against Liberal candidate Harvey Locke and Green candidate Chris Turner, focusing her campaign on door-knocking and personal interactions with constituents.[4]

She serves on the House of Commons Standing Committees for Natural Resources and the Status of Women.[5] As part of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, Crockatt has participated in numerous studies that promote equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.[6]

Since being elected she has been a featured speaker at the 2013 annual Manning Conference in Ottawa, where she took part in a panel to discuss issues of gender and politics.[7] She has been named one of the top 10 Alberta politicians in the use of social media.[8]

2013 Alberta Floods[edit]

Following the 2013 Alberta floods, Crockatt has become a strong advocate for those affected and continues to push for flood mitigation,[9] leading to $2.8 billion being set aside for 2013 Alberta flood recovery, including the $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program in the 2014 federal budget, and eligibility for disaster mitigation infrastructure projects under the New Building Canada Fund, of which Alberta will see $3.2 billion over the next 10 years.

Crockatt also joined the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, in announcing a $135 million investment that will allow Environment Canada to make significant upgrades to the monitoring networks and to the weather warning and forecast systems,[10] as to better predict events like the 2013 Alberta floods.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, November 26, 2012: Calgary Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Joan Crockatt 10,191 36.87 −20.81 $95,251
Liberal Harvey Locke 9,033 32.68 +15.15 $97,025
Green Chris Turner 7,090 25.65 +15.74 $100,180
New Democratic Dan Meades 1,064 3.85 −11.01 $90,148
Independent Antoni Grochowski 141 0.51 $0
Libertarian Tony Prashad 121 0.44 $255
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,640 100.00 $102,128.86
Total rejected ballots 92
Turnout 27,732 29.51
Eligible voters 93,984
Conservative hold Swing −35.96
By-election due to the resignation of Lee Richardson.
Source: "November 26, 2012 By-elections". Elections Canada. November 27, 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tories hold Calgary Centre in byelection as Victoria race tight". CBC News, November 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Joan Crockatt Profile". Joan Crockatt MP website. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Calgary Stampede Board of Directors". Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Conservative nominee seen as polarizing candidate in Calgary riding". The Globe and Mail. November 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joan Crockatt Parliamentary Profile". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FEWO Committee Business". FEWO Committee Business/Studies. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Manning Conference 2013 Website". Manning Conference 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best Alberta MPs and MLAs On Twitter: Our List Of The Politicians To Follow". HuffPost. January 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Calgary Centre MP issues friendly reminder over billions of unused infrastructure dollars". 660NEWS. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Harper Government invests in weather infrastructure to improve forecasts, warnings Website". Government of Canada. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 

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