Joan Crockatt

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Joan Crockatt
Joan Crockatt.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Calgary Centre
In office
November 26, 2012 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byLee Richardson
Succeeded byKent Hehr
Personal details
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 66)
Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
Political partyConservative
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta

Joan Crockatt (born December 5, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada 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 until November 2015.

From Alberta, Crockatt is a business journalist who 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 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] During her time as the Calgary Herald's managing editor, the newspaper's journalists went on a union drive and then a prolonged strike in 1999.[3]

In 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.[3] However, she won with only 37 percent of the vote, the worst showing for a centre-right candidate in the riding in decades and the closest that a centre-left candidate had come in recent memory to winning a Calgary seat.

She served on the House of Commons Standing Committees for Natural Resources and the Status of Women.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] She has been named one of the top 10 Alberta politicians in the use of social media.[7]

in the 2015 federal election on October 19, former Liberal MLA Kent Hehr defeated Crockatt, gaining one of two seats for the Liberals in Calgary.[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.

However, not one flood mitigation project during her tenure was built in Alberta.[10]

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,[11] as to better predict events like the 2013 Alberta floods.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Calgary Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures - Calgary Centre
Liberal Kent Hehr 28,496 46.52 +27.40
Conservative Joan Crockatt 27,746 45.30 -10.07
New Democratic Jillian Ratti 3,412 5.57 -9.59
Green Thana Boonlert 1,347 2.20 -8.13
Independent Yogi Henderson 248 0.39
Total valid votes/Expense limit 61,249 100.00   $221,059.99
Total rejected ballots 227 0.37
Turnout 61,476 72.36
Eligible voters 84,960
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +18.73
Source: Elections Canada[12][13]

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.


  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. ^ a b "New Conservative nominee seen as polarizing candidate in Calgary riding". The Globe and Mail. November 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joan Crockatt Parliamentary Profile". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "FEWO Committee Business". FEWO Committee Business/Studies. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Manning Conference 2013 Website". Manning Conference 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best Alberta MPs and MLAs On Twitter: Our List Of The Politicians To Follow". HuffPost. January 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Erika Tucker; Jayme Doll (October 20, 2015). "Liberal Kent Hehr beats out Joan Crockatt in close Calgary Centre race". Global Calgary. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Calgary Centre MP issues friendly reminder over billions of unused infrastructure dollars". 660NEWS. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "All Projects Built and Approved in Alberta Since 2002". Government of Canada. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Harper Government invests in weather infrastructure to improve forecasts, warnings Website". Government of Canada. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  12. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Calgary Centre (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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