Mike Lake (politician)
Lake in 2015
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont (2006-2015)
|Assumed office |
January 23, 2006
|Preceded by||David Kilgour|
Michael Stanley Lake
June 4, 1969
New Westminster, British Columbia
|Profession||Businessman, sports executive|
Michael Stanley "Mike" Lake PC MP  (born June 4, 1969) is a Canadian politician, businessman and sports executive in Alberta, Canada. In 2008, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of Industry by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Early and personal life
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.
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 House of Commons of Canada, 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. 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.
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.
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. The race was eventually won by Rona Ambrose.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Edmonton—Wetaskiwin|
|New Democratic||Fritz K. Bitz||6,645||9.72||-4.55||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||68,344||100.00||$239,717.63|
|Total rejected ballots||197||0.29||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont|
|New Democratic||Nadine Bailey||10,875||23.73||+8.61||$11,236|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||45,636||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||191||0.42||+0.07|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont|
|New Democratic||Mike Butler||6,297||15.12||+0.57||$4,620|
|Green||David Allan Hrushka||2,366||5.68||+1.21|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||41,659||100.00||$84,984|
|Total rejected ballots||146||0.35||+0.07|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont|
|New Democratic||Neal Gray||6,749||14.55||+4.85||$10,297|
|Total valid votes||46,384||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||131||0.28||+0.16|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+18.9|
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