Paul Hinman

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Paul Hinman
Paul Hinman - Alberta Election 2012 - Wildrose Candidate (3x4 crop).jpg
Hinman in 2012
Leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta
In office
July 17, 2020 – October 21, 2022
Preceded byDavid White (as interim leader of the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta)
Succeeded byJeevan Mangat (interim)
Leader of the Wildrose Party
In office
January 31, 2008 – October 17, 2009
Preceded byHimself (as leader of the Alberta Alliance Party)
Succeeded byDanielle Smith
Leader of the Alberta Alliance Party
In office
November 19, 2005 – January 31, 2008
Preceded byEleanor Maroes (interim)
Succeeded byHimself (as leader of the Wildrose Party)
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
September 14, 2009 – April 23, 2012
Preceded byRon Stevens
Succeeded byLinda Johnson
In office
November 22, 2004 – March 3, 2008
Preceded byBroyce Jacobs
Succeeded byBroyce Jacobs
Personal details
Born1959 (age 63–64)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyWildrose Independence
Other political
Alberta Alliance (2002–2008)
Wildrose (2008–2017)
United Conservative (2017–2020)
ChildrenMark, Jordan, Tanner, Janna
Residence(s)Calgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta

Paul Hinman (born 1959) is a Canadian politician and businessman. He is the former leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta since 2020 and was formerly the leader of the Wildrose Alliance (2008–2009) and Alberta Alliance Party (2005–2008). He served two terms as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, initially from 2004 to 2008 representing the electoral district of Cardston-Taber-Warner and then from 2009 to 2012 in Calgary-Glenmore.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Hinman was born in Edmonton in 1959.[4] He grew up in Calgary in the neighbourhood of Haysboro.[5] As of 2022, Hinman lives in the town of Raymond, Alberta.[6]

Hinman's grandfather Edgar "Ted" Hinman was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cardston and as Provincial Treasurer in the Social Credit government under Ernest Manning.[4]

Before politics, Hinman was an irrigation farmer, cow-calf producer, purebred-cattle breeder, feedlot operator and small-business entrepreneur. He attended the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy.[7]

Hinman is a libertarian, telling Calgary Herald columnist Don Braid in 2009 "I'm all about sharing ideas and inspiring others, not requiring others to do things. It's just so necessary for peace and prosperity to flourish. If people impose their will on others, it's just wrong."[8]

He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[9][10][11] He spent two years in the Philippines serving as a Mormon Missionary and learned to speak Tagalog.[7][9][10][11] He described a divorce he went through as a painful and difficult trial in his faith that he overcame. He remains an active Mormon and still holds to its values.[8]

Political career[edit]

Hinman worked for the Reform Party of Canada in policy and election committees.[citation needed] He later worked for the Conservative Party of Canada.[citation needed] He served as a board member for the federal Conservative Party of Canada in the electoral district of Lethbridge.[citation needed]

In provincial politics, he was the southern regional director for the Alberta First Party.[citation needed] Hinman served as vice-president of policy for the Alberta Alliance Party from its founding convention on February 14, 2002, until he was named deputy leader on January 8, 2005.[citation needed]

Alberta Alliance Party[edit]

MLA of Cardston-Taber-Warner[edit]

As a candidate for the Alberta Alliance Party, Hinman was elected to his first term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the constituency of Cardston-Taber-Warner in the 2004 provincial election on November 22, 2004.[citation needed]

He defeated incumbent Broyce Jacobs the Progressive Conservatives candidate by 129 votes.[citation needed] Hinman was the only Alberta Alliance Party candidate elected in 2004. He was defeated in the 2008 provincial election by 39 votes after three recounts.[8]

Leadership election[edit]

After the 2004 provincial election, former Alberta Alliance leader Randy Thorsteinson stepped down as leader of the party.

Hinman was one of four candidates who ran in the 2005 Alberta Alliance Party leadership election. The other three candidates were Ed Klop, Marilyn Burns and David Crutcher.

Hinman won the election on the third ballot at the leadership convention held on November 19, 2005, in Red Deer, Alberta.

Endorsement of Jason Kenney's UCP leadership campaign[edit]

On September 8, 2017, Danielle Smith of NewsTalk770 and Hinman's successor as Wildrose leader announced that Hinman would be running for the leadership of the newly formed United Conservative Party. However, Hinman ultimately declined to run and posted to his Twitter that he was endorsing Jason Kenney.[12]

In December 2021, he told Fort McMurray Today that he was no longer a supporter of Kenney or the UCP, and that "Jason Kenney and the UCP have betrayed us by not standing up to Ottawa."[13]

Wildrose Alliance[edit]

Under Hinman's leadership, the Alberta Alliance and the Wildrose Party of Alberta merged to unite the right wing of the political spectrum in Alberta at a convention held on January 19, 2008, in Calgary.

In the 2008 provincial election, Hinman lost to his Progressive Conservative opponent, Broyce Jacobs by 39 votes. The party gained more popular vote in the riding.[14] The party also gained popular vote in most of the other ridings where it ran candidates, but did not secure any seats.

Hinman received accolades during the campaign for his performance in the televised leaders debate.[citation needed]

A year later, Hinman stepped down as leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party, triggering a leadership convention in October 2009 in Edmonton. Hinman remained interim leader of the Alliance until the election of Danielle Smith as party leader on October 17.[15]

Calgary-Glenmore by-election[edit]

On May 15, 2009 Calgary-Glenmore MLA Ron Stevens announced his resignation to accept a position as a judge. Hinman ran in the ensuing by-election[16] Hinman was selected as the Wildrose Alliance candidate at a nomination meeting and won the by-election with 37% of the vote.

Wildrose Independence Party[edit]

Hinamn was made interim leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta in July 2020[17] and elected leader in 2021.[18] The party campaigns on Alberta separatism. It has no connection with the former Wildrose Party that merged with the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta to create the United Conservative Party.

Following Jason Kenney's announcement on May 17, 2022 that he would be resigning as premier of Alberta, Hinman was rumoured to be interested in running for leadership of the UCP. Hinman said he had no interest in leading the party and said the UCP's divisions that led to Kenney's resignation would help the Wildrose Independence Party with recruitment.[19]

Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-election[edit]

Hinman ran in the 2022 Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-election. Hinman was not a resident of the Fort McMurray or Lac La Biche regions, but denied he was an opportunist or ignorant of local issues facing the riding.[13]

He told Fort McMurray Today he was running as a candidate because he felt it was “the most important election in Alberta’s near-term history." He said he had stopped supporting Kenney and the UCP because he felt "Jason Kenney and the UCP have betrayed us by not standing up to Ottawa."[13]

Hinman finished third in the by-election, finishing behind NDP candidate Ariana Mancini and UCP MLA Brian Jean.[20]

Leadership struggles and disputes with the board[edit]

After the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-election, the party began a review of Hinman's leadership and his performance in the by-election. After the review concluded, he was removed as party leader on June 28, 2022.

The review accused Hinman of paying himself with party money during the by-election. The review also wrote that Hinman was not familiar with the needs and concerns shared by people living in the riding, despite his commentary on community issues at local forums and in interviews with Harvard Media's CFVR-FM and Fort McMurray Today. The review was not released publicly, but a copy was leaked to the Western Standard.[21][22]

Hinman denied all of the party's accusations against him. He told CTV News that the party was being taken over by "implants, plants, agents inside our board" who are opposed to an independent Alberta.[23] Hinman was reinstated as leader during the party's annual general meeting in Red Deer on July 23, 2022. The party's board of governors were forced out.[24]

A Court of King's Bench justice ruled on October 21 that Hinman had been legally removed as leader of the party and that the interim party leader was Jeevan Mangat. Hinman is appealing the decision.[25] The party's board also accused Hinman and his supporters of disrupting the AGM and pressuring people to either leave or support Hinman. They are suing Hinman for $180,000.[26]

Hinman told the Medicine Hat News he is focusing on his legal battles with the party's leadership and would not be running in the Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election.[27]

Electoral record[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, 15 March 2022: Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Brian Jean 3,714 63.6% -2.73
New Democratic Ariana Mancini 1,081 18.5% -6.01
Wildrose Independence Paul Hinman 628 10.8%
Alberta Party Michelle Landsiedel 98 1.7% -4.08
Liberal Abdulhakim Hussein 211 3.6%
Independent Brian Deheer 56 1.0%
Alberta Independence Steven Mellott 24 0.4% -1.43
Alberta Advantage Party Marilyn Burns 25 0.4%
Total valid votes 5,837
Total rejected ballots 0
Turnout 24.27%
Eligible voters 24,048
2012 Alberta general election: Calgary-Glenmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Linda Johnson 9,710 47.93% 22.03%
Wildrose Paul Hinman 7,902 39.01% 2.14%
Liberal Dan MacAuley 1,437 7.09% -27.15%
New Democratic Rick Collier 1,208 5.96% 4.62%
Total 20,257
Rejected, spoiled and declined 144 32 11
Eligible electors / turnout 34,592 59.01% 19.86%
Progressive Conservative gain from Wildrose Swing -4.29%
Source: "13 - Calgary-Glenmore, 2012 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
Alberta provincial by-election, September 14, 2009: Calgary-Glenmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Alliance Paul Hinman 4,052 36.87% 28.80%
Liberal Avalon Roberts 3,774 34.34% 1.17%
Progressive Conservative Diane Colley-Urquhart 2,847 25.90% −24.77%
New Democratic Eric Carpendale 148 1.34% −2.42%
Social Credit Len Skowronski 99 0.90%
Independent Antoni Grochowski 71 0.65%
Total 10,991
Rejected, spoiled and declined 29 5 1
Eligible electors / turnout 28,164 39.15% -6.35%
Wildrose Alliance gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 14.99
Source: Chief Electoral Officer (20 November 2009). Report on the September 14, 2009 Calgary-Glenmore By-Election. Edmonton: Elections Alberta. ISBN 0981120172. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
2008 Alberta general election: Cardston-Taber-Warner
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Broyce Jacobs 4,374 46.02% 3.50%
Wildrose Alliance Paul Hinman 4,325 45.50% 2.98%
Liberal Ron Hancock 436 4.59% -4.28%
New Democratic Suzanne Sirias 190 2.00% -0.10%
Green William Turner 180 1.89% -0.66%
Total 9,505
Rejected, spoiled and declined 14
Eligible electors / turnout 19,905 47.82% 1.15%
Progressive Conservative gain from Alberta Alliance Swing -0.47%
2004 Alberta general election: Cardston-Taber-Warner
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alberta Alliance Paul Hinman 3,885 43.98%
Progressive Conservative Broyce Jacobs 3,756 42.52% -11.12%
Liberal Paula Shimp 783 8.86% -8.96%
Greens Lindsay Ferguson 225 2.55%
New Democratic Luann Bannister 185 2.09% -0.35%
Total 8,834
Rejected, spoiled and declined 47
Eligible electors / turnout 19,030 46.67% -6.44%
Alberta Alliance gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -13.04%


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