Nathan Cooper (Canadian politician)

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Nathan Cooper

Headshot of Nathan Cooper
14th Speaker of the
Alberta Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
May 21, 2019
PremierJason Kenney
Lieutenant GovernorLois Mitchell
Preceded byBob Wanner
Leader of the Opposition in Alberta
In office
July 24, 2017 – October 30, 2017
PremierRachel Notley
Preceded byBrian Jean
Succeeded byJason Nixon
Leader of the United Conservative Party
In office
July 24, 2017 – October 28, 2017
DeputyMike Ellis
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJason Kenney
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded byBruce Rowe
Carstairs Municipal Councillor
In office
October 18, 2010 – May 5, 2015
Succeeded byMarty Ratz
Personal details
Born1980 (age 40–41)
York, Ontario, Canada
(now part of Toronto)
Political partyUnited Conservative
Other political
Wildrose (until 2017)
ResidenceOlds, Alberta

Nathan Matthew Cooper (born 1980) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 and 2019 Alberta general elections to represent the electoral district of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills in the 29th and 30th Alberta Legislatures.[1] Cooper was a municipal councillor in Carstairs, Alberta prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly. Cooper also served as Chief of Staff to the Wildrose Official Opposition caucus.[2][3]

On July 24, 2017 Cooper was elected interim leader of the new United Conservative Party caucus, becoming the Leader of the Opposition in that process. On 28 October 2017, Cooper's tenure as UCP interim leader ended when Jason Kenney was elected United Conservative party leader.

Cooper was elected to serve as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on May 21, 2019.[4]

Speaker of the House[edit]

Cooper was elected Speaker of the House in the Alberta Legislature on May 21, 2019.[4]

COVID-19 letter controversy[edit]

In 2021, Cooper signed a letter opposing restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Cooper was widely criticized for violating the Speaker's role of impartiality and impeding his ability to moderate debate. Former Speaker David Carter has suggested that Cooper should resign or be removed by a motion of non-confidence.[6]

He later apologized for violating the Speaker's traditional role of impartiality.[7] Former Speaker Robert Wanner stated that he believed the apology did not go far enough.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Nathan Cooper 20,516 78.55% -1.21%
New Democratic Kyle Johnston 3,070 11.75% -5.06%
Alberta Party Chase Brown 1,779 6.81% 3.39%
Freedom Conservative Allen MacLennan 557 2.13%
Alberta Advantage Party Dave Hughes 195 0.75%
Total 26,117
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 120
Eligible electors / Turnout 36,375 72.13% 12.69%
United Conservative notional hold Swing 19.87%
Source: "76 - Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, 2019 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Nathan Cooper 10,692 53.4%
Progressive Conservative Wade Bearchell 5,274 26.3%
New Democratic Glenn Norman 3,366 16.8%
Alberta Party Jim Adamchick 685 3.4%
Total valid votes 20,017