Lee Richardson (politician)

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Lee Richardson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Centre
In office
June 28, 2004 – May 30, 2012
Preceded byJoe Clark
Succeeded byJoan Crockatt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Southeast
In office
November 21, 1988 – October 25, 1993
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byJan Brown
Chair of the Standing Committee on
International Trade
In office
November 15, 2007 – June 22, 2011
MinisterDavid Emerson
Michael Fortier
Stockwell Day
Peter Van Loan
Preceded byLeon Benoit
Succeeded byRob Merrifield
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Natural Resources
In office
May 9, 2006 – November 14, 2007
MinisterGary Lunn
Preceded byBrent St. Denis
Succeeded byLeon Benoit
Personal details
Born (1947-10-31) October 31, 1947 (age 71)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Political partyConservative
ProfessionBusiness Administration

Lee Richardson (born October 31, 1947) is a Canadian businessman and politician.

Richardson was first elected to Parliament in the 1988 election as a Progressive Conservative representing the riding of Calgary Southeast.

In 1993 Richardson returned to a successful career in business, community service and philanthropy.

He was re-elected in 2004, winning four consecutive elections in the constituency of Calgary Centre.

Richardson announced his resignation from the House of Commons on May 30, 2012, in order to accept an appointment as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Alberta.[1]


Richardson was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He was educated at Calgary schools, the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.[2] He also attended Oxford University, England.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Susanne Reece in 1971, they had three children: Michael, Jill, and Jane.

The family lost Susanne to cancer in 1998.

Early career[edit]

Richardson first entered federal politics serving on Parliament Hill as Executive Assistant to former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker from 1972 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1983 he served successively as Executive Assistant, Director of the Office of the Premier and Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.

In 1983 Richardson returned to Ottawa to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the newly elected Progressive Conservative leader and Leader of the Opposition Brian Mulroney.

After the 1984 federal election, Richardson served as Prime Minister Mulroney's Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Advisor on Western Affairs. Richardson remained in the Prime Minister's Office until he ran in the 1988 general election in the federal riding of Calgary Southeast. Richardson won with 62.67% of the vote.

In his first term as a Parliamentarian, Richardson served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications, and the Minister of Transport. He was instrumental in relocating the National Energy Board to Calgary and placing the Calgary International Airport under local authority. Richardson was defeated in the 1993 General Election by a Reform candidate.

Corporate and community service[edit]

He returned to Calgary in 1993 to form Lee Richardson Financial Corporation. He has over 20 years of corporate experience in senior executive roles at six publicly traded corporations including: President of In-Flight Phone Canada, President of Goldtex Resources, Chairman of the Board of ACD Systems Inc. (TSE), and Chairman of the Board of Streetlight Intelligence Inc.

Richardson served on the Board of Directors of the 1988 Winter Olympics; on the Board of Southminster United Church; and continues to serve as a Board member of the Calgary Homeless Foundation.[3]

He was Chair of the Advisory Board to the University of Calgary Institute for the Humanities and was on the faculty of the Banff Centre School of Management for ten years.

Richardson currently is on the Calgary Stampede Board of Directors[4] and is a Calgary Flames Ambassador.

Richardson received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 "in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada", the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 "in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta", and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 " in recognition of your contributions to Canada".

Return to federal politics[edit]

Richardson returned to federal politics in 2004, winning election in the electoral district of Calgary Centre which had previously been held by PC Leader Joe Clark. Re-elected in 2006, capturing 55.4% [5] of the vote and a 20,000 vote plurality, he was again re-elected with 55.6% [6] of the vote in 2008 and 57.7% [7] in the general election of 2011.

Among his parliamentary duties Richardson first served on the Environment Committee where he became the only Conservative to win the Sierra Club's "Green Parliamentarian" award.

Richardson was appointed Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources in 2006.

From 2007 until 2011 Richardson served as the Chair of the International Trade Committee. According to the Montreal Gazette, "the International Trade Committee, under the genial chair of Conservative Lee Richardson, is a collegial exception to the toxic tone of most House committees." [8]

The International Trade Committee under Richardson chairmanship successfully vetted three free trade agreements. The committee went clause by clause through and referred back to the House the following trade agreements; Bill C-2: An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Colombia, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Colombia and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Colombia (Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act), Bill C-8: An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Canada-Jordan Free Trade Act) and Bill C-46: An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama (Canada-Panama Free Trade Act).[9]

After the 2011 federal election, Richardson was one of eight Members of Parliament who put their name forward to be the Speaker of the House of Commons. Richardson lasted to the fifth round and placed third.


On May 30, 2012 Richardson resigned from Parliament as the Member for Calgary Centre. In his farewell speech he remarked to his colleagues that: "While we advocate for different ideas of Canada, we are all Canadians and we all love our country. We would all, I think, do well to remember that and leave the partisan furies at the water's edge."[10]

Ian MacDonald from the Montreal Gazette remarked that: "while leaders of all parties joined in personal tributes to Richardson, about 200 MPs lined up to shake his hand as he stood at his front-row seat by the door at the far end of the House. It was a good half-hour before he could leave the House. In four decades of attending the House, I’ve never seen anything quite like it."[11]

Similar sentiments were brought forward from the media noting Richardson's ability to be impartial to all sides in the House of Commons and in his riding office where he was willing to help all Calgarians.[12]

Electoral record[edit]

Calgary Centre[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 28,401 57.68 +2.08 $80,989.16
Liberal Jennifer Pollock 8,631 17.53 -0.37 $52,961.24
New Democratic Donna Marlis Montgomery 7,314 14.86 +5.85 $0.00
Green William Hamilton 4,889 9.93 -6.64 $30,754.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,235 100.00   $93,844.88
Total rejected ballots 261 0.53
Turnout 49,496 55.41
Eligible voters 89,322
Conservative hold Swing +1.2

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 26,085 55.60 +0.19 $72,165
Liberal Heesung Kim 8,402 17.90 -1.29 $34,321
Green Natalie Odd 7,778 16.57 +4.89 $29,509
New Democratic Tyler Kinch 4,229 9.01 -4.24 $9,881
Independent Antony Grochowski 420 0.89 * n/a
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,914 100.00   $90,677
Total rejected ballots 228 0.48 -0.02
Turnout 47,142 53.16 -8.86
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 30,213 55.41 +4.26 $82,276
Liberal Heesung Kim 10,464 19.19 -10.70 $36,623
New Democratic Brian Pincott 7,227 13.25 +4.76 $8,689
Green John Johnson 6,372 11.68 +176 $3,431
Canadian Action Trevor Grover 259 0.45 -0.08
Total valid votes 54,525 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 275 0.50 +0.11
Turnout 54,800 62.02 +4.48
Conservative hold Swing +7.5

Calgary South Centre[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Lee Richardson 26,192 51.15 -29.73 $78,167
Liberal Julia Turnbull 15,305 29.89 +16.69 $71,037
Green Phillip K. Liesemer 5,080 9.92 * $1,898
New Democratic Keith Purdy 4,350 8.49 +5.05 $4,667
Canadian Action Trevor Grover 274 0.53 * n/a
Total valid votes 51,201 100.00 - 6,041
Total rejected ballots 202 0.39 +0.02
Turnout 51,403 57.54 +0.76
Conservative hold Swing -23.21

Results based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is compared to a combination of Progressive Conservative Party and Canadian Alliance totals.

Calgary Southeast[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Reform Jan Brown 33,565 59.85 +47.02
Progressive Conservative Lee Richardson 11,286 20.12 -42.54
Liberal Quoi Nguyen 7,642 13.63 +3.39
New Democratic Neale Smith 1,889 3.37 -9.82
National Jocelyne Wandler 1,109 1.98
Natural Law Maureen Doram 444 0.79
Canada Party Peter Hope 148 0.26
Total valid votes 56,083 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Lee Richardson 32,477 62.67
New Democratic Kathy Miller 6,837 13.19
Reform Gerry Maloney 6,648 12.83
Liberal Dale Muti 5,305 10.24
Rhinoceros Dave Wylie 299 0.58
Independent Julie Northrup 77 0.15
Confederation of Regions Douglas M. Cassidy 62 0.12
Independent Jim Othen 62 0.12
Commonwealth of Canada Eldon Warman 58 0.11
Total valid votes 51,825 100.00

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