Joe Ceci

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Joe Ceci
Ceci in May 2015
Minister of Finance of Alberta
President of the Treasury Board
In office
May 24, 2015 – April 30, 2019
Preceded byRobin Campbell
Succeeded byTravis Toews
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded byKathleen Ganley
In office
May 5, 2015 – April 16, 2019
Preceded byWayne Cao
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Alderman for Calgary Ward 9
In office
Personal details
Joseph Anthony Ceci

(1957-07-30) July 30, 1957 (age 66)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyNew Democratic
Residence(s)Calgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
University of Calgary
OccupationSocial Worker
PortfolioMinister of Finance & President of the Alberta Treasury Board

Joseph Anthony Ceci ECA MLA (born July 30, 1957) is a Canadian, Albertan, politician who was elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to represent the electoral district of Calgary-Buffalo in the 30th Alberta Legislature. He was previously elected in 2015 to represent Calgary-Fort in the 29th Legislature. He is 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]


Ceci was born in 1957 in Toronto, where he lived until 1976,[2] following graduation from local high school Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute. 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.[3]

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 " 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 2015 Alberta general election 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] Ceci was re-elected in the 2019 provincial election, however the NDP lost government and therefore Ceci lost his cabinet position.

Electoral history[edit]

2023 general election[edit]

2023 Alberta general election: Calgary-Buffalo
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Joe Ceci 13,221 63.00 +14.14
United Conservative Astrid Kuhn 7,292 34.75 -4.41
Green Jonathan Parks 349 1.66 -0.22
Solidarity Movement Lona Henry 125 0.60
Total 20,987 98.82
Rejected and declined 250 1.18
Turnout 21,237 56.18
Eligible voters 37,801
New Democratic hold Swing +9.28

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Calgary-Buffalo
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Joe Ceci 11,292 48.86% 13.75% $56,232
United Conservative Tom Olsen 9,050 39.16% 0.92% $60,374
Alberta Party Omar Masood 1,597 6.91% +4.01% $24,282
Liberal Jennifer Khan 590 2.55% -22.11% $500
Green Heather Morigeau 436 1.89% -0.09% $534
Alberta Independence Cory Hetherington 147 0.64% $1,005
Total 23,112
Rejected, spoiled and declined 290
Eligible electors / turnout 38,432 60.89% 20.02%
New Democratic hold Swing 1.34%
Source: Elections Alberta[12][13][14]
Note: Expenses is the sum of "Election Expenses", "Other Expenses" and "Transfers Issued". The Elections Act limits "Election Expenses" to $50,000.

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Fort
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Joe Ceci 7,027 49.77% 43.05%
Progressive Conservative Andy Bao Nguyen 3,204 22.69% -18.25%
Wildrose Jeevan Mangat 3,003 21.27% -18.46%
Liberal Said Abdulbaki 476 3.37% -6.58%
Alberta Party Vic Goosen 410 2.90%
Total 14,120
Rejected, spoiled and declined 114
Eligible electors / turnout 32,411 43.92% -0.06%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 12.93%
Source: "12 - Calgary-Fort Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.


  1. ^ a b "Ceci to retire from council". Metro. Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  2. ^ Archived 2015-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Biography: Honourable Joe Ceci (NDP) Legislative Assembly of Alberta
  4. ^ Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald More Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald. "Calgary-Fort riding: Abdulbaki, Ceci, Goosen, Mangat and Nguyen – Calgary Herald". Calgary Herald.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b "Koenig expected to challenge Ceci in Ward 9". Calgary Herald. CanWest Global Communications. 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  6. ^ Logan, Shawn (2007-09-11). "CPA prez throws his hat into the ring". Calgary Sun. Sun Media Corporation. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  7. ^ James Wood, Calgary Herald More James Wood, Calgary Herald. "Former alderman Joe Ceci to run for NDP in Calgary-Fort". Calgary Herald.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "NDP looks to Joe Ceci for breakthrough in Calgary". 10 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Winners and losers: Some of the night's biggest moments".
  10. ^ "Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier, reveals cabinet," CBC News May 24, 2015.
  11. ^ "04 - Calgary-Buffalo". Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  12. ^ "04 - Calgary-Buffalo, 2019 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  13. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume II (PDF) (Report). Vol. 2. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 15–18. ISBN 978-1-988620-12-1. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume III Election Finances (PDF) (Report). Vol. 3. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 68–82. ISBN 978-1-988620-13-8. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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