Joe Ceci

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The Honourable
Joe Ceci
MLA
Joe Ceci 2015.jpg
Ceci in May 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Fort
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded by Wayne Cao
Alderman for Calgary Ward 9
In office
1995–2010
Personal details
Born (1957-07-30) July 30, 1957 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party Alberta New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Christine
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater University of Calgary
Occupation Social Worker
Portfolio Minister of Finance & President of the Alberta Treasury Board

Joseph Anthony Ceci (born July 30, 1957) is a Canadian politician, who serves as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the riding of Calgary-Fort, and is currently the Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board in the Executive Council of Alberta. He was first elected in the 2015 provincial election, as a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party. Prior to holding provincial office, Ceci served as an alderman on the Calgary City Council, representing Ward 9 from 1995 to 2010.[1]

Background[edit]

Ceci was born in 1957 in Toronto, where he lived until 1976.[2] He received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1980.[3] Later that year, he moved to Calgary, where he worked as a social worker. During this time, he attended the University of Calgary, where he received a master's degree in social work in 1989.

Calgary alderman[edit]

He previously served on Calgary City Council as the alderman for Ward 9 from 1995 to 2010.[4][5] In his 2004-2007 term he was a founding member community safety councils in Inglewood-Ramsay and Forest Lawn.[5]

Ceci was challenged in the 2007 election by Al Koenig, president of the Calgary Police Association, who had criticized city council for not being "...as assertive on crime as we’d like to see"; Ceci defeated him by a wide margin.[6] He retired from City Council in 2010, choosing to not run for re-election after 15 years on the Council.[1]

Provincial career[edit]

Touted as a "star candidate", Ceci ran for the Alberta New Democratic Party in the Alberta general election, 2015 for the electoral district of Calgary-Fort, hoping to become the first NDP MLA elected in Calgary since 1993, when Bob Hawkesworth was defeated in the riding of Calgary Mountain View.[7][8] He won the riding with a majority of over 3000 votes and 49.8% of the popular vote; Progressive Conservative candidate Andy Nguyen finished second in the popular vote.[9] On May 24, 2015, he was sworn in as Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board in the Alberta Cabinet.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Joe Ceci 7,030 49.81
Progressive Conservative Andy Nguyen 3,201 22.68
Wildrose Jeevan Mangat 2,999 21.25
Liberal Said Abdulbaki 475 3.37
Alberta Party Vic Goosen 410 2.90

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