Mike Allen (Alberta politician)

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Mike Allen
MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
In office
2012–2015
Preceded by Guy Boutilier
Succeeded by Tany Yao
Personal details
Born Michael Trent Allen
(1962-03-04) March 4, 1962 (age 54)
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Political party

Progressive Conservative
(July 2014-present) Independent (Aug 2013–June 2014)

Progressive Conservative
(May 2012–July 2013)
Occupation politician, musician

Michael Trent "Mike" Allen (born March 4, 1962) is a Canadian politician who is a former elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo.[1] He is a former municipal politician, business owner and jazz musician.[2]

Political career[edit]

Allen was elected in the 2012 Alberta general election as a Progressive Conservative candidate defeating incumbent MLA Guy Boutilier who had left that party to sit as an Independent and later a Wildrose MLA in a closely contested election. He was appointed by Premier Redford as the special advisor to the Minister of Transportation for highway 63 on May 22, 2012.

Allen currently serves as a member of the following Standing Committees: ◾Private Bills ◾Resource Stewardship ◾Public Accounts

Allen was previously the chair of the Select Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee. He had also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections Standing Orders and Printing.

Allen served as a member of Treasury Board and the Alaska-Alberta Bilateral Council and had also represented Alberta on the Council of State Governments – Midwest.

Allen moved to Fort McMurray in 1993 with his family and purchased Campbell’s Music, where he was able to combine his business administration background and career as a professional jazz musician to create a successful and thriving business. Allen began transitioning from business to community leader when he was nominated to a position on the board of Fort McMurray’s Chamber of Commerce. He served two terms as president.

In 2007, Allen was elected to city council, serving two terms as a councillor.

Business leader, community leader and now provincial elected representative, he continues to serve Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, the community he calls home.

On July 16, 2013, Allen resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus after his involvement in a prostitution sting operation in Minnesota which resulted in his arrest.[3] He was charged with one count of hiring or agreeing to hire a prostitute in a public place.[4] In late 2013 Allen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $500 fine plus legal fees.[5] On July 7, 2014 at the annual Calgary Stampede meeting the PC caucus voted in a closed ballot to invite Allen back into the PC caucus.[6]

In the 2015 election, Allen was defeated by Wildrose candidate Tany Yao.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Mike Allen 3,611 49.06%
Wildrose Guy Boutilier 3,165 43.00%
New Democratic Denise Woollard 363 4.93%
Liberal Amy McBain 221 3.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alberta Election 2012: Riding-by-riding results". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Archived from the original on April 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Mr. Mike Allen (PC), MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alberta MLA quits PC caucus after U.S. prostitution arrest". CBC News. July 16, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alberta MLA Mike Allen charged in U.S. prostitution case". CBC News. July 19, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "MLA Mike Allen pleads guilty to misdemeanour charge". CBC News. December 18, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Fort McMurray MLA Mike Allen back in Alberta Tory caucus". CBC News. July 7, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "PCs Mike Allen, Don Scott defeated by Wildrose in Fort McMurray ridings". Fort McMurray Today. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2016.