Nicholas Taylor

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Hon. Nicholas Taylor
Senator from Alberta
(Bon Accord, Sturgeon)
In office
March 7, 1996 – November 17, 2002
Personal details
Born (1927-11-17) November 17, 1927 (age 90)
Bow Island, Alberta, Canada
Political party Liberal
Profession Businessman, geologist

Nicholas William "Nick" Taylor (born November 17, 1927) is a geologist, businessman and politician from Alberta, Canada.

Political career[edit]

Taylor started his political career by running in the 1968 and 1972 federal elections in Calgary Centre as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was defeated both times. Taylor served as leader of the Alberta Liberal Party from 1974 to 1988. At the beginning of his leadership, the party was at its lowest point in history. The last Liberal to serve in the Alberta Legislative Assembly, Bill Dickie of Calgary Glenmore, had crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservatives in 1969.

Taylor slowly rebuilt the party in the face of the federal Liberal government's unpopularity in Alberta and its implementation of such programs as the National Energy Program. In the 1986 Alberta general election, the Liberals made a breakthrough by winning four seats. Taylor himself was elected by over 500 votes in the newly created northern Alberta riding of Westlock-Sturgeon; he was re-elected there in 1989. In 1993, Taylor was elected by 1700 votes in the newly created riding of Redwater against incumbent PC MLA Steve Zarusky.[1]

Taylor was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Jean Chrétien in 1996 and served there until 2002. While in the Senate, Taylor was criticized by Democracy Watch for a conflict of interest while chairing a committee.

Electoral record[edit]

Federal elections[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Douglas Harkness 16,977 47.07
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 16,676 46.24
New Democratic Margaret Jackson 2,413 6.69
Total 36,066 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Harvie Andre 22,669 53.30 +6.23
Liberal Nick Taylor 13,110 30.82 -15.42
New Democratic David Jones 5,538 13.02 +6.33
Social Credit Clifford Willmott 1,081 2.54 *
No affiliation Frank Cottingham 80 0.19 *
No affiliation Colin Constant 53 0.12 *
Total 42,531 100.00  

Provincial elections[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, 1979: Barrhead
Following the resignation of Dr. Hugh Horner
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ken Kowalski 2,457 38.74 -23.55
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 2,102 33.14 +31.31
Social Credit David Bouyea 1,067 16.82 -5.49
New Democratic Arlington Corbett 716 11.29 -2.27
Total valid votes 6,342 100.00
Rejected, spoiled, and declined -
Eligible voters / Turnout 11409 55.59 -13.39
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -27.43
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "By-elections". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
Alberta general election, 1982: Barrhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ken Kowalski 5,001 51.44 +12.70
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 3,331 34.26 +1.12
Western Canada Concept John Thomas Mitchell 633 6.51
New Democratic Harold Wharton 478 4.92 -6.37
Social Credit Shirley Bassani 240 2.47 -14.36
Alberta Reform Movement Ernie Charman 39 0.40
Total valid votes 9,722 100.00
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 13
Eligible voters / Turnout 12226 79.63 +24.04
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +5.79
Source(s)
Alberta Heritage Foundation. "Election results for Barrhead". Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
Alberta general election, 1986: Westlock-Sturgeon
Party Candidate Votes %[2]
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 4,523 38.95%
Progressive Conservative Lawrence Kluthe 4,049 34.87%
New Democratic Bruce Lennon 1,996 17.19%
Representative Tom Carleton 911 7.84%
Confederation of Regions Adam Hauch 78 0.67%
Communist Laurent St. Denis 29 0.25%
Heritage Stan Pearson 25 0.22%
Total valid votes 11,611
Rejected, spoiled and declined 12
Registered electors / Turnout 18,572 62.58%
Liberal pickup new district.
Alberta general election, 1989: Westlock-Sturgeon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%[2]
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 5,401 44.80% +5.85%
Progressive Conservative Leo Seguin 4,958 41.13% +6.26%
New Democratic Tom Turner 1,696 14.07% -3.12%
Total valid votes 12,055
Rejected, spoiled and declined 15
Registered electors / Turnout 19,662 61.38% -1.20%
Liberal hold Swing -0.21%
Alberta general election, 1993: Redwater
Party Candidate Votes %[2]
Liberal Nicholas Taylor 6,429 51.38%
Progressive Conservative Steve Zarusky 4,582 36.62%
New Democratic Robert Tomkins 1,306 10.44%
Natural Law Geoff Toane 196 1.57%
Total valid votes 12,513
Rejected, spoiled and declined 22
Registered electors / Turnout 19,775 63.39%
Liberal pickup new district.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Redwater 1993 election results". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Results for Westlock-Sturgeon". Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Russell
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
1974–1988
Succeeded by
Laurence Decore
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Westlock-Sturgeon
1986–1993
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
Michael Senych
MLA Redwater
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Mary Anne Balsillie