Lou Hyndman

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Lou Hyndman
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded by Stanley Geldart
Succeeded by District Abolished
Constituency Edmonton West
In office
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Nancy MacBeth
Constituency Edmonton-Glenora
Minister of Education
In office
September 10, 1971 – March 1975
Preceded by Robert Curtis Clark
Succeeded by Julian Koziak
Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
March 1975 – March 1979
Preceded by Don Getty
Succeeded by Archibald Johnston
Provincial Treasurer
In office
March 1979 – May 1986
Preceded by Merv Leitch
Succeeded by Archibald Johnston
Personal details
Born Louis Davies Hyndman
(1935-07-01)July 1, 1935
Edmonton, Alberta
Died November 24, 2013(2013-11-24) (aged 78)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Lawyer

Louis Davies "Lou" Hyndman, OC, QC (July 1, 1935 – November 24, 2013) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was named the 15th Chancellor of the University of Alberta on June 10, 1994. From 1993 through 1996, he was Honorary Captain of the 4th Destroyer Squadron, Royal Canadian Navy.

Political career[edit]

Hyndman was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He worked as a lawyer until 1967 when he ran for office and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. From 1967 through 1986, when he rejoined the law firm of Field Atkinson Perraton, Hyndman served as the Minister of Education, Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Government House Leader, and Provincial Treasurer.

Hyndman first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1967 Alberta general election. He won a tight race in the electoral district of Edmonton West to pick it up for the Progressive Conservatives.[1] He was one of six members of his party elected that year who form the official opposition.

Due to redistribution in the 1971 general election, the electoral district of Edmonton West was abolished. Hyndman ran for re-election in the new electoral district of Edmonton-Glenora. He was re-elected to the legislature with a sizable majority.[2] The Progressive Conservatives under the leadership of Peter Lougheed formed government. Hyndman was appointed to the Executive Council of Alberta shortly after the election as Minister of Education.

Running for re-election as a cabinet minister in the 1975 general election, Hyndman slightly increased his popular vote. He won his district with a landslide as the opposition vote collapsed. Hyndman defeated future Member of the Legislative Assembly Alex McEachern and two other candidates.[3] Immediately following the election Hyndman was shuffled to become the Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs.

He ran for his fourth term in office in the 1979 general election. Hyndman's popular vote waned slightly from the previous election. There was no significant strength in the opposition vote. He still won his district with a landslide majority.[4] Lougheed appointed Hyndman as the new Provincial Treasurer following the election.

Hyndman's fifth election would see him reclaim the votes he lost in 1979. He won his final term in office in the 1982 general election easily defeating three other candidates.[5] Hyndman held the Provincial Treasurer portfolio after Don Getty became Premier in 1985. Hyndman retired from the legislature at dissolution in 1986.

Late life[edit]

After leaving provincial politics in 1986 Hyndman joined the board of directors for TransAlta Utilities.[6]

Hyndman also resumed his work as a lawyer with the firm now known as Field Law. He became chancellor of the University of Alberta.[7]

He was awarded an honorary degree by the University on June 12, 2000.[8]

Hyndman died November 24, 2013 in Edmonton at the age of 78, after an illness.[9][10]


Hyndman chaired the:

  • Premier's Commission on Future Health Care for Albertans (1987–1989)
  • Royal Commission on a National Passenger System for Canada in the 21st Century (1989–1992)
  • Canadian Safety and Accident Board Review Commission (1993)

Louis D. Hyndman Sr. Lecture and Awards[edit]

Louis D. Hyndman Sr. Lecture and Awards, University of Alberta

Personal life[edit]

He is the grandson of James Hyndman a former politician and Alberta Supreme Court Justice.


  • Queen's Counsel (1975)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada (1993)


  • Alberta Association of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Goodwill Rehabilitation Institute of Alberta
  • CD Howe Institute
  • Asia Pacific Foundation


  1. ^ "Edmonton West results 1967". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Edmonton-Glenora results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Glenora results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Edmonton-Glenora results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Edmonton-Glenora results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "TransAlta 2005 Annual Meeting" (PDF). TransAlta. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Lou Hyndman O.C., Q.C.". Field Law. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ryan Smith (June 12, 2000). "Former chancellor Lou Hyndman receives an honorary degree". Express News. University of Alberta. 
  9. ^ "Lou Hyndman, former Alberta cabinet minister, dies at 78 - Edmonton - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  10. ^ Ibrahim, Mariam (2013-11-25). "Lou Hyndman, member of the 'original six' lauded for role in early Alberta PC movement, dies at 78". Edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

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