|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Denis Herard|
|Succeeded by||Brandy Payne|
September 22, 1976 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Breanna Palmer (2014-) separated|
|Alma mater||University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan|
Jonathan Brian Denis, QC (born September 22, 1976 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. On May 9, 2012, he was named Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Minister of Justice for the province of Alberta but resigned from cabinet on April 25, 2015. He represented the constituency of Calgary-Acadia (formerly Calgary-Egmont) as a Progressive Conservative in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2008 until 2015. He is of German descent.
Early life and education
He received a commerce degree from the University of Regina in 1997 and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 2000. While in law school, Denis was invited as a speaker at an international law conference in Montreal, Quebec.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Denis was a senior associate, specializing in government relations, at Miller Thomson LLP, a major Canadian law firm. He was also the co-founder and President of 3D Contact Inc., the other founder being Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre Listed contacts of 3D Contact Inc. are Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, and Ted Morton. He was also the founder of a successful real estate investment firm named Liberty West Properties Inc. Denis resigned from both positions after being elected.
For approximately two months in 1996, Denis was a staffer for Lynda Haverstock when she was an Independent MLA in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Haverstock had previously been leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
After completing law school, Denis moved to Calgary and began articling. During this time, he became active in the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and the Canadian Alliance and later the Conservative Party of Canada. Denis sought public office for the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Egmont where he received 43.6% of the vote. He has served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund, the Public Accounts Committee, the Standing Committee on Health, and the Cabinet Policy Committee on Health.
Deputy Premier Ron Stevens also appointed Denis to the Alberta/Alaska Bilateral Council.
In the summer of 2008, Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert asked Denis to conduct a widely-based consultation for the Alberta Pharmaceutical Strategy. Denis's report came up with ten key recommendations for changes to pharmaceutical policy for the Alberta government.
Also in 2008, Sustainable Resources Minister Ted Morton appointed Denis to the Land Use Framework Committee 
Denis was sworn in as Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs as well as Deputy Government House Leader on January 15, 2010,. The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation wrote an article praising Denis for reducing spending in his department by 39% while still achieving targets.
On October 12, 2011, Denis was sworn in as Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. He was named Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Minister of Justice for the province of Alberta on May 9, 2012.
Denis resigned on April 25, 2015, during the 2015 election campaign, due to "legal proceedings" between himself and his estranged wife, Breanna Palmer. The specific details which led Premier Jim Prentice to ask Denis to resign were not disclosed. Denis continued as a candidate but was defeated in the May 5, 2015 general election.
Earlier in the campaign, Denis denied vandalizing his own campaign signs so that they'd read "Jonathan Penis" as a way of getting attention.
The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation has twice given Denis a "nice" award for having the best expenses in the entire Alberta government, calling his expenses "boring".
Law and order
|Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-Egmont|
|Progressive Conservative||Jonathan Denis||5,415||43.61%||-7.20%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Barry Chase||676||5.44%||-9.38%|
|New Democratic||Jason Nishiyama||447||3.60%||-1.76%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||69|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||33,970||36.76%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-6.25%|
|The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 198–201.|
- Referenced in candidate bio in a February 19, 2008 Calgary Sun article
- Bottom of Top 40 under 40 article, Avenue Magazine
- Referenced in 1999 University of Saskatchewan press release.
- "Miller Thomson LLP".
- "3D Contact Inc.".
- "Blue Energy Communications Inc.".
- "Poilievre brings robocall expertise to new job".
- "Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan Hansard from May 6, 1998" (PDF).
- "Haverstock was an independent MLA at that time".
- "Denis' Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "MLA Appointments to Committees".
- "Alberta Pharmaceutical Strategy" (PDF)., see p. 5
- "MLA committee to support work on key land-use priorities". July 15, 2008.
- "QC Appointments Announced".
- "New cabinet announced".
- "In the spotlight" (PDF).
- "Jonathan Denis, Top 40 under 40".
- "Avenue Magazine, Top 40 under 40".
- "Editorial: Redford's cabinet of change". Edmonton Journal.
- "Tory Justice Minister Jonathan Denis resigns". Calgary Herald. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Alberta justice minister denies vandalizing his own campaign signs to read ‘Jonathan Penis’". National Post. April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Editorial: Denis on the "nice" list". Calgary Sun.
- "Province earmarks $227M for RCMP=St. Albert Leader". St. Albert Leader.
- "Justice Minister Jonathon Denis funds 300 new police officers in the cities=Calgary Sun". Calgary Sun.
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