Kaycee Madu

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Kaycee Madu

Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta
Assumed office
August 25, 2020
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byDoug Schweitzer
Minister of Municipal Affairs of Alberta
In office
April 30, 2019 – August 25, 2020
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byShaye Anderson
Succeeded byTracy Allard
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-South West
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded byThomas Dang
Personal details
Born1973/1974 (age 46–47)[1]
Owerri, Nigeria
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
ResidenceEdmonton, Alberta
Occupationlawyer

Kelechi "Kaycee" Madu (b. 1974) is a Nigerian-Canadian lawyer and politician who is the current Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta since August 25, 2020.

He was elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-South West.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kelechi Madu was born and raised in Southeastern Nigeria, and attended the University of Lagos graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, and being called to the bar in Nigeria.[3] He migrated to Edmonton in 2005 with his wife Emem for her postgraduate studies at the University of Alberta.[3]

Madu would work for Alberta Hospital, Legal Aid Alberta and the Government of Alberta in a number of different roles.[3]

Political life[edit]

Kelechi Madu was an active member of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, organizing delegate selection meetings, and later supporting the merger of the party with the Wildrose Party in 2017.[3] Madu would volunteer and support Jason Kenney during the 2017 PC leadership election and the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership election following the merger.[3]

During the 2019 Alberta general election Madu would contest the constituency of Edmonton-South West, which was previously held by New Democratic Party MLA Thomas Dang, who chose to run in Edmonton-South following the 2017 Electoral Boundary Re-distribution. Madu would defeat four candidates capturing 10,245 votes (45%), above the next closest candidate John Archer, a former reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Brian Mason's press secretary, representing the NDP with 9,539 (42%).[4] Madu would be the only United Conservative Party candidate elected within the boundaries of the city of Edmonton.

Minister of Municipal Affairs[edit]

On 30 April 2019, Madu was appointed to the Executive Council of Alberta as the Minister of Municipal Affairs,[5] and held that role until August 25, 2020 when he was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

Early in his mandate, Madu wrote an op-ed published in Postmedia newspapers titled Spending by Alberta's two big cities— is unsustainable which called on municipal leaders in Calgary City Council and Edmonton City Council to lower spending and reduce taxes, claiming the cities placed an "undue burden" on residents.[6] The article was published on October 22, 2019, two days prior to the introduction of the provincial budget. Claims made in the op-ed were challenged by the Mayors of Calgary and Edmonton, including that the data supplied by Canadian Federation of Independent Business significantly overestimated the 10-year growth in municipal expenditures, and did not account for inflation.[7]

During his time as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Madu was responsible for a number of controversial funding reductions to Alberta municipalities. Among those decisions, included the repealing of the City Charters Fiscal Framework Act which legislated provincial transfers to the Cities of Edmonton and Calgary;[8] reductions to the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, an infrastructure financing program which was reduced cumulatively by $236-million over two years from 2020–21 to 2021–22; and reduction of the Grants in Place of Taxes program by 50%, which provides municipalities with grants which off-set the property tax requisitions for provincially owned buildings.[9] Madu oversaw the beginning of property assessment valuation changes to oil and gas infrastructure, changing from a valuation based on the replacement cost, to the depreciated value of the asset, which led to the leaders of a number of rural municipalities in Alberta speaking out. According to CTV News, municipalities in rural Alberta raised concerns that the proposed changes would "cost them millions" by reducing the property tax base by between $108-million to $291-million.[10]

Madu introduced Local Authorities Election Amendment Act, 2020 (Bill 29) to the Alberta Legislature in June 2020, which amended the legislation which outlines the rules for municipal and school board elections. The amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act removed the requirement for candidates to disclose their donors prior to election day, removed limits on spending by third-party advertisers outside the local election campaign period from May 1 to election day in October, and allowed individuals to donate up to $5,000 to as many candidates as they want during an election.[11] The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, which represents urban municipal elected officials in Alberta released a statement shortly after the introduction of Bill 29, stating the relationship between Minister Madu and the association was "Broken". Bill 29 and other policy decisions were cited as the reason for the statement by the AUMA.[12] One month following the statement, Premier Jason Kenney shuffled his Cabinet, moving Madu to Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and promoting backbench MLA Tracy Allard to the role of Minister of Municipal Affairs.

On March 4, 2020, Kaycee Madu was designated as a Queen's Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta via an Order-in-Council. Queen's Counsel is the highest honour awarded to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of law and society.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Paige Parsons (2019-04-10). "Alberta Election 2019 riding profile: Edmonton-South West". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  2. ^ Derek Van Diest Updated: April 16, 2019. "Results: Kacyee Madu wins Edmonton-South West in tightly contested battleground". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kaycee Madu". albertastrongandfree.ca. United Conservative Party of Alberta. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. ^ "43 - Edmonton-South West 2019 General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Premier Kenney appoints strong team ready to lead" (Press Release). Government of Alberta. April 30, 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ Madu, Kaycee (October 22, 2019). "Madu: Spending by Alberta's two big cities— is unsustainable". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. ^ Potkins, Meghan (October 23, 2019). "Madu fires shot at city hall spending ahead of Alberta budget". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  8. ^ Cook, Dustin (October 25, 2019). "Alberta Budget 2019: Cuts to Edmonton's infrastructure funding prompts emergency council meeting Friday". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  9. ^ Henderson, Jennifer (October 24, 2019). "Mixed news for municipalities in 2019 Alberta budget". St. Albert Today. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  10. ^ "'The situation is dire': Municipalities say changes to how oil and gas companies are assessed would cost them millions". CTV News. Edmonton. July 31, 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Alberta local elections bill gets mixed reaction from experts, former candidates". CBC News. June 28, 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Relationship with municipal affairs minister broken, AUMA says". CBC News. Calgary. July 23, 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

External links[edit]

Alberta provincial government of Jason Kenney
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Doug Schweitzer Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
August 25, 2020–
Incumbent
Shaye Anderson Minister of Municipal Affairs
April 30, 2019–August 25, 2020
Tracy Allard