John Kushner

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John Kushner
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 26, 1975 – 1979
Preceded by Albert Ludwig
Succeeded by Stan Kushner
Constituency Calgary-Mountain View
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary East
In office
May 22, 1979 – March 2, 1984
Preceded by Douglas Harkness (old district)
Succeeded by Alex Kindy
Personal details
Born (1923-06-22)June 22, 1923
Poland
Died March 2, 1984(1984-03-02) (aged 60)
Political party Progressive Conservative (Alberta)
Progressive Conservative (federal)
Occupation security officer, politician

John Kushner (June 22, 1923 – March 2, 1984) was a Canadian federal and provincial level politician. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1975 to 1979 and then served as a Member of Parliament from 1979 until his death in 1984. He sat with the Progressive Conservative caucus on both the provincial and federal level.

Early life[edit]

John Kushner was born in Poland on June 22, 1923. Prior to his political career he worked as a security officer.

Political career[edit]

Kushner ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature for the first time in the 1971 Alberta general election. He ran as a Progressive Conservative in the new electoral district of Calgary-McCall candidate and finished in second place out of four candidates losing to Social Credit candidate George Ho Lem.[1]

Kushner made a second attempt to run for provincial office, this time running in the electoral district of Calgary-Mountain View in the 1975 Alberta general election. He defeated long time Social Credit incumbent Albert Ludwig and three other candidates in a hotly contested race to pick up the seat for the governing Progressive Conservative party.[2]

Kushner served one term in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta before jumping to federal politics. He ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in the federal electoral district of Calgary East in the 1979 Canadian federal election. He faced off against Ludwig who ran as a candidate for the federal Liberals and future Alberta MLA Barry Pashak and four other candidates. He won the district by a near landslide taking over 60% of the popular vote to pick up the new seat for the federal Progressive Conservatives.[3]

The minority government of Premier Joe Clark fell less than a year later which forced the 1980 federal election to take place. Kushner ran against Ludwig and Pashak in a virtual rerun of the 1979 race. His margin of victory dropped by almost 10% but he still won the district by a wide margin defeating the seven other candidates in the race.[4]

Kushner died late into his term on March 2, 1984.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calgary-McCall results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Calgary-Mountain View results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Calgary East election results". Parliament of Canada. May 22, 1979. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Calgary East results". Parliament of Canada. February 18, 1980. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 

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