|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
March 26, 1975 – 1979
|Preceded by||Albert Ludwig|
|Succeeded by||Stan Kushner|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary East
May 22, 1979 – March 2, 1984
|Preceded by||Douglas Harkness (old district)|
|Succeeded by||Alex Kindy|
June 22, 1923|
|Died||March 2, 1984(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.
John Kushner was born in Poland on June 22, 1923. Prior to his political career he worked as a security officer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kushner died late into his term on March 2, 1984.
- "Calgary-McCall results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- "Calgary-Mountain View results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- "Calgary East election results". Parliament of Canada. May 22, 1979. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- "Calgary East results". Parliament of Canada. February 18, 1980. Retrieved December 7, 2009.