Ken Nicol (politician)

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Ken Nicol

Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
March 15, 2001 – March 26, 2004
Preceded byNancy MacBeth
Succeeded byKevin Taft
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
In office
Preceded byNancy MacBeth
Succeeded byDon Massey (interim)
MLA for Lethbridge East
In office
June 15, 1993 – 2004
Preceded byArchibald D. Johnston
Succeeded byBridget Pastoor
Personal details
Born (1944-05-03) May 3, 1944 (age 74)
Lethbridge, Alberta[1]
Political partyAlberta Liberal Party

Ken Nicol is a Canadian politician and academic.

He served as the MLA for Lethbridge-East from 1993 to 2004. During his final three years, he was the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, and leader of the official opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He was credited with bringing a more conciliatory approach in the legislature, different from his predecessor Nancy MacBeth, however his soft-spoken nature did not help the party rise in polls.

He left provincial politics to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Lethbridge in 2004, but lost in a landslide to incumbent Rick Casson.

Nicol is currently an associate professor at the University of Lethbridge.


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