Kyle Fawcett

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Kyle Fawcett
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-North Hill
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byRichard Magnus
Succeeded byCraig Coolahan
Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
In office
Preceded byRobin Campbell
Succeeded byShannon Phillips
Personal details
Born1979 or 1980 (age 40–41)[1]
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Calgary

Kyle Norman Fawcett (born 1979 or 1980) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Klein as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Fawcett earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary in 2002, with a focus on political science and economics. Prior to his election as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Fawcett worked as a research consultant in support of both private industry and non-profit initiatives and served as a public school board trustee with the Calgary Board of Education.

Political career[edit]

Fawcett first sought public office in 2004 for the position of public school board trustee with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) for wards 5 and 10. At that time, he was the youngest individual to hold public office in Alberta. While serving as trustee, Fawcett held the positions of chair for both the audit and policy committees, board liaison to the CBE/Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) liaison committee, and board representative for the ATA collective agreement interpretation committee. He first sought the position of MLA in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-North Hill. In that election, Fawcett received 38% of the vote.

In 2009, Fawcett was a member of the "Fiscal Four," a group of four MLAs dedicated to championing lower deficits, less red tape and increased program reviews.[2]

His work as an MLA included Bill 203, the Municipal Governance (Franchise & Local Access Fee) Amendment Act 2010, Bill 207, the Young Albertans' Advisory Council Act; Motion 507 on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Motion 509 on Urban Infrastructure Planning Organization, and Motion 519 on Non-renewable Resource Revenue and Savings.

On April 23, 2012 Fawcett was re-elected with 41% of the popular vote in the renamed constituency of Calgary-Klein, and was subsequently appointed Associate Minister of Finance & Vice Chair of Treasury Board by then-Premier Alison Redford. Prior to that Fawcett had served as Parliamentary Assistant to Treasury Board & Enterprise and Chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.

From June 23, 2013 to May 26, 2014, Fawcett served as Associate Minister of Recovery & Reconstruction for SW Alberta, having been appointed by Premier Redford in response to the June 2013 southern Alberta floods, when the government provided CA$20,000,000 in immediate assistance for flood relief.

On May 26, 2014, Fawcett was sworn in as Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour by Premier Dave Hancock and also continued as vice-chair of Treasury Board.

On September 15, 2014, Fawcett was sworn in as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in the cabinet of Jim Prentice. He lost his seat in the May 5, 2015 provincial election that defeated Prentice's government.

Personal life[edit]

Fawcett is married to Ashley and they live in the Calgary community of Mount Pleasant.

Fawcett has a passion for sports. He has been an active member of his community, coaching youth baseball and football for 14 seasons. He has also mentored junior and senior high school students in northeast Calgary through the Alberta Mentorship Foundation for Youth program.,[3] and participated in the Impact Society's Heroes program. Every year since 2008, he has provided a scholarship to a first-year post-secondary student in his constituency.

In 2012, Fawcett was named as one of Avenue Magazine's (Calgary) Top 40 under 40. In 2002, he was also awarded a United Nations International Year of the Volunteer certificate by the Government of Canada for his commitment to improving our communities through volunteerism.

Election results[edit]

2015 General Election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Klein
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Craig Coolahan 8,098 44.3
Progressive Conservative Kyle Fawcett 4,878 26.7
Wildrose Jeremy Nixon 4,206 23.0
Liberal David Gamble 1,104 6.0
Total valid votes 18,286 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 260
Turnout 18,546 53.4
Eligible voters 34,702
Source: Elections Alberta[4]

2008 General Election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election: Calgary-North Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Kyle Fawcett 4,281 38.32% -4.88%
Liberal Pat Murray 3,573 31.98% 0.22%
New Democratic John Chan 1,381 12.36% 6.00%
Wildrose Alliance Jane Morgan 976 8.74%
Green Kevin Maloney 732 6.55% -5.92%
Social Credit Jim Wright 228 2.04%
Total 11,171
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 37
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,219 41.18% -3.07%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.55%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly (PDF). Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 242–245.

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election


Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Kyle Fawcett 6,852 41.21% +2.89%
Wildrose Jeremy Nixon 5,755 34.61% +25.87%
Liberal Christopher Tahn 1,980 11.91% -20.08%
New Democratic Marc Power 1,687 10.15% -2.21%
Evergreen Roger Gagné 354 2.13% -4.42% *
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible electors / Turnout %