Larry R. Heather

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Larry R. Heather
Larry Heather.jpg
Born Vulcan, Alberta
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Nationality Canadian
Education Briercrest College and Seminary
Website www.larryforcalgary.ca

Larry R. Heather is a perennial candidate from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In addition to running as an independent at all three levels of government, he has run as a Christian Heritage Party of Canada candidate in federal elections and an Alberta Social Credit Party candidate in provincial elections.

Personal life[edit]

Heather holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Rocky Mountain College, and a Graduate Certificate of Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver. A shipper/receiver and audio editor by profession, he is a member and performer in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play Society and a member of the Creation Science Association of Alberta. Heather previously hosted the radio program "Gospel Road" on CHRB in High River. He has lived in the electoral district Calgary Southwest since 1963. He is a director with the William Aberhart Historical Foundation started by former Alberta Social Credit Speaker of the House, Arthur J. Dixon.

Political career[edit]

Heather is best known as an anti-abortion activist. He was briefly detained in 1985 for throwing ketchup on abortion activist Henry Morgentaler, upon the latter's arrival in Calgary on a fundraising tour.[1] He later protested against funding for the Calgary Birth Control Association in 1988, on the grounds that the organization provided abortion counselling.[2] A few months after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the nation's abortion law, he was quoted as saying, "a woman's womb is the most dangerous place to live in Canada".[3] During a debate over a Calgary abortion clinic in 1991, he described Morgentaler as "a mass murderer who has murdered thousands of unborn babies".[4]

He has also been active in other socially conservative causes. During the 1989 municipal campaign, he described a local gay bar as a "major public health threat"[5] and claimed that condoms in washroom coin machines would result in a "flood of promiscuity".[6] In 2005, he criticized Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper for supporting civil union rights for homosexual couples.[7]

Heather is a member of Cedars of Lebanon Reforestation (CoL), a group which believes that the growth of cedars in Lebanon and Israel will signal the return of the Christian Messiah.[8] He spoke in defense of fellow CoL member Bruce Balfour in 2003, upon the latter's arrest by Lebanese authorities on charges of spying for Israel.[9] The charges were not proven, and Balfour was released.

As of 2007, he was the 2nd vice-president of communication of the Alberta Social Credit Party. Heather is a Conservative Baptist, and for many years was president of Christians Concerned For Life in Calgary.[10][11] He has also written and performed gospel songs and is a playwright with three produced two-act dramas, including a Messianic Hanukkah Musical Tree of Light.[12]

One of his campaign documents in 2006 featured the headline, "Purge Supreme Court Activist Rulings!", accompanied by the image of a judge smashing his gavel on a husband-and-wife centerpiece. This was a reference to the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada. His campaign website also featured images of aborted fetuses, which are juxtaposed with and likened to images of massacred children in Rwanda.[13]

In October 2007, he entered the campaign for the leadership of the Social Credit Party of Alberta. He lost to Len Skowronski in a vote in Red Deer on November 3, 2007. He ran for public school trustee in Calgary in 2010 and documented that election on his post-election website.[14] Protesting a change in membership standards in the Christian Heritage Party, he ran in his home riding of Calgary Southwest as an independent in 2011.

He was a candidate for Mayor for the 2013 Calgary municipal elections and received 0.7 percent of the popular vote, coming in fifth out of nine candidates.[15] He is a City Hall attender and frequent presenter from the public at both the committee level and Council public hearings.

In the 2015 Alberta provincial election he was a Social Credit candidate in Calgary Elbow against Education Minister incumbent Gordon Dirks.[16]

In the 2015 Federal Election he ran in the electoral district of Calgary Heritage as an Independent Candidate, his sixth time on the ballot against Stephen Harper.[17] In the 2016 Provincial By-election for Calgary-Greenway, he ran as an independent candidate.[18] [19]

On November 7, 2016, Heather was banned from Calgary City Hall for a period of two years due to his behaviour while speaking to council regarding a rezoning issue. Heather opposed all applications for secondary suites, even in communities where he did not live, and was often off-topic while addressing issues. He refused to leave the podium after his 5 minutes of allotted time was up, the same that is granted all speakers, and remained at the podium until he was forced to leave by Calgary Police Service officers.[20][21]

Electoral activity[edit]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1984 federal Calgary South Ind. 800 5/6 Bobbie Sparrow, Progressive Conservative
1986 provincial Calgary-Glenmore Ind. 384 4/4 Dianne Mirosh, Progressive Conservative
1988 federal Calgary Southwest Ind. 669 5/7 Bobbie Sparrow, Progressive Conservative
1989 provincial Calgary-Elbow Ind. 174 4/4 Ralph Klein, Progressive Conservative
1989 municipal
(Public School Board)
Wards 12/14 n/a 2,725 10.79 4/6 Ann Craig
1992 municipal
(Public School Board)
Wards 11/13 n/a * 2,121 - 4/4 Peggy Valentine
1993 federal Calgary West CHP 116 0.20 8/8 Stephen Harper, Reform
1997 federal Calgary Southwest CHP 89 7/7 Preston Manning, Reform
2004 federal Calgary Southwest CHP 229 0.44 6/6 Stephen Harper, Conservative
2004 provincial Calgary-Glenmore Social Credit 127 6/6 Ron Stevens, Progressive Conservative
2006 federal Calgary Southwest CHP 279 0.49 5/5 Stephen Harper, Conservative
2008 federal Calgary Southwest CHP 256 0.5% 6/6 Stephen Harper, Conservative
2010 municipal
(Public School Board)
Wards 11/13 n/a 1577 5% 8/9 Sheila Taylor
2011 federal Calgary Southwest Ind. 303 0.53% 5/5 Stephen Harper, Conservative
2013 municipal
(Mayoral Race)
Citywide n/a 1857 1% 5/9 Naheed Nenshi
2015 provincial Calgary Elbow Social Credit 67 0.32% 6/6 Greg Clark, Alberta Party
2015 federal Calgary Heritage Independent 114 0.2% 6/8 Stephen Harper, Conservative Party
2016 provincial by-election (March 22) Calgary-Greenway Independent 106 1.28% 7/8 Prab Gill, Progressive Conservative
2017 Federal By-election (April 3rd) Calgary Midnapore CHP 251 0.90% 5/6 Stephanie Kusie, Conservative

The 1989 municipal results are taken from the Calgary Herald of 17 October 1989, with 38 of 44 polls reporting. The 1992 municipal results are taken from the Calgary Herald of 20 October 1992, with 30 of 50 polls reporting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Globe and Mail, 16 January 1985
  2. ^ Calgary Herald, 21 December 1988
  3. ^ Calgary Herald, 29 January 1989
  4. ^ Calgary Herald, 10 October 1991
  5. ^ Calgary Herald, 14 December 1989
  6. ^ Calgary Herald, 6 October 1989
  7. ^ Calgary Herald, 28 January 2005
  8. ^ http://www.clhrf.com/balfour/bruce.haaretz.htm
  9. ^ Canada AM, 2 September 2003
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ [4]
  14. ^ 2010 post-election website
  15. ^ http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Longshots+line+take+Nenshi/8850308/story.html
  16. ^ http://resultsnew.elections.ab.ca/orResultsPGE.cfm
  17. ^ Calgary Herald, 20 October 2015,pB11
  18. ^ Conservatives Win Crucial By-election Globe and Mail 23 March 2016
  19. ^ Election results http://results.elections.ab.ca/14.htm
  20. ^ CBC News Article http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/larry-heather-removed-council-chambers-1.3840868
  21. ^ Calgary Herald Heather Banned For 2 Years http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/regular-council-thorn-larry-heather-issued-two-year-city-hall-ban

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