Mike Lake (politician)

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The Honourable
Mike Lake
PC MP
Mike Lake 2015.jpg
Lake in 2015
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Wetaskiwin
Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont (2006-2015)
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded by David Kilgour
Personal details
Born Michael Stanley Lake
(1969-06-04) June 4, 1969 (age 48)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Residence Edmonton
Profession businessman, sports executive

Michael Stanley "Mike" Lake, PC MP [1] (born June 4, 1969) is a business person and politician in Alberta, Canada. In 2008, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of Industry by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Early and personal life[edit]

Lake was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He grew up in Devon, Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. After graduating from university, he began a career with the Edmonton Oilers ice hockey team as a sales manager and director of ticket sales as their national accounts manager.

He has two children, his son has autism and thus is a member of the Edmonton Autism Society. He is involved in the Alberta Foster Care Program.

Lake has regularly held breakfasts to raise funds for autism research.[2]

Federal politics[edit]

Mike Lake won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the riding of Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont defeating 7 time candidate Tim Uppal. The nomination proved to be significant since popular long time Liberal incumbent David Kilgour had chosen to retire, creating a power vacuum in the riding.

Lake went on to win the vacant riding in a landslide victory in the 2006 federal election. Pundits had predicted the race would be closer as the Liberal Party of Canada had held the district and its predecessor ridings since 1991.

In his first term as a representative in the Canadian House of Commons, Lake was presented with a very unusual petition signed by almost 500 individuals calling for Bigfoot to be protected under the Species at Risk Act. Lake filed the petition with the Clerk of the House of Commons on March 28, 2007.[3] When interviewed, Lake said that he did not believe in Bigfoot, but filed the petition as a service to constituents without making any judgment call.[4]

The 2015 federal election saw Lake's previous district eliminated in the 2012 federal electoral redistribution. Lake ran for election as a Member of Parliament in the Edmonton—Wetaskiwin electoral district, winning with 65.7% of the votes.[5]

After the resignation of Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservatives, now the Official Opposition, Lake announced that he would run for the interim leadership.[6] in race eventually won by Rona Ambrose.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Edmonton—Wetaskiwin
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Mike Lake 44,949 65.77 -9.80
Liberal Jacqueline Biollo 14,660 21.45 +15.73
New Democratic Fritz K. Bitz 6,645 9.72 -4.55
Green Joy-Ann Hut 1,595 2.33 -1.76
Libertarian Brayden Whitlock 495 0.72
Total valid votes/Expense limit 68,344 100.00   $239,717.63
Total rejected ballots 197 0.29
Turnout 68,541 69.58
Eligible voters 98,502
Conservative hold Swing -12.76
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Mike Lake 27,857 60.79 +0.47 $44,902
New Democratic Nadine Bailey 10,875 23.73 +8.61 $11,236
Liberal Mike Butler 5,066 11.05 -7.46
Green Christa Baxter 1,364 2.98 -2.70 $1,705
Pirate Brent Schaffrick 374 0.82 * $2,461
Communist Naomi Rankin 100 0.22 -0.16 $562
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,636 100.00
Total rejected ballots 191 0.42 +0.07
Turnout 45,827 53.64 +1.6
Eligible voters 85,432
Conservative hold Swing +3.97
Canadian federal election, 2008: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Mike Lake 25,130 60.32 +1.70 $80,034
Liberal Indira Saroya 7,709 18.51 -2.64 $82,941
New Democratic Mike Butler 6,297 15.12 +0.57 $4,620
Green David Allan Hrushka 2,366 5.68 +1.21
Communist Naomi Rankin 157 0.38 +0.19 $395
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,659 100.00 $84,984
Total rejected ballots 146 0.35 +0.07
Turnout 41,805 52.0 -10.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.17
Canadian federal election, 2006: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Mike Lake 27,191 58.62 +16.13 $67,482
Liberal Amarjit Grewal 9,809 21.15 -21.67 $73,522
New Democratic Neal Gray 6,749 14.55 +4.85 $10,297
Green Kate Harrington 2,073 4.47 -0.19 $1,347
Independent Kyle McLeod 477 1.03 N/A $8,055
Communist Naomi Rankin 85 0.18 -0.15 $280
Total valid votes 46,384 100.00
Total rejected ballots 131 0.28 +0.16
Turnout 46,515 62.3 -2.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +18.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&featureId=6&pageId=26&id=5027
  2. ^ Lazzarino, Dave. "The Edmonton Sun -". The Edmonton Sun. The Edmonton Sun. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ House of Commons of Canada (2007-03-28). "Journals". Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  4. ^ Cryptomundo.com » Petition Says Protect Bigfoot
  5. ^ "Conservatives elected in five of eight Edmonton ridings". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rona Ambrose, Mike Lake to run for Conservative interim leadership". Maclean's. The Canadian Press. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Kathleen Harris (November 5, 2015). "Rona Ambrose chosen as interim Conservative leader". CBC News. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton—Wetaskiwin (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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