Ray Martin (politician)

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Ray Martin
Ray Martin NDP.jpg
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
November 6, 1984 – June 14, 1993
Preceded byGrant Notley
Succeeded byLaurence Decore
MLA for Edmonton-Norwood
In office
Preceded byCatherine Chichak
Succeeded byAndrew Beniuk
MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
In office
Preceded byJulius Yankowsky
Succeeded byTony Vandermeer
Edmonton Public School Trustee - Ward D
In office
Preceded byTerry Sulyma
Succeeded byDavid Colburn
Edmonton Public School Trustee - Ward D
In office
Preceded byDavid Colburn
Succeeded byTrisha Estabrooks
Personal details
Raymond James Martin

(1941-08-08) August 8, 1941 (age 80)
Delia, Alberta
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Alberta

Raymond James Martin (born August 8, 1941) is a politician in Alberta, Canada and former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Martin served four terms as an Alberta MLA and two terms as an Edmonton Public School Board Trustee. In 2018, Martin published his memoir, "Made in Alberta: The Ray Martin Story".

Early life[edit]

Born in 1941 in Delia, Alberta, Martin attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later attended the University of Calgary in order to earn his master's degree.

He taught in Edmonton public schools.

Provincial politics[edit]

Martin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1982 provincial election to join Grant Notley as part of the two-member Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus.

He became leader of the Alberta NDP in 1984, succeeding Grant Notley after his death in a plane crash.

Martin led the party to a highwater mark (at the time) winning 16 seats in the 1986 provincial election, making him leader of the opposition in the legislature.[1] Still under Ray's leadership, the NDP took that same number of seats in the 1989 election.

In 1993, none of the party's sitting MLAs were re-elected. Martin was defeated in his constituency, Edmonton-Norwood, by Liberal Andrew Beniuk.

He quit the party's leadership in 1994, being replaced by former NDP MP Ross Harvey

After an absence of eleven years, Martin returned to the Legislature as the NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview in the 2004 general election.

He was defeated in 2008 by Progressive Conservative Tony Vandermeer.

Martin ran again for the NDP in the 2012 provincial election, in the riding of Edmonton-Glenora. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative Heather Klimchuk.

Municipal politics[edit]

In the 2001 Edmonton municipal election, Martin won election as the Edmonton Public School Board Trustee for Ward D. He did not seek re-election to this role in the 2004 election.

In the 2013 Edmonton municipal election, Martin once again won election as the Edmonton Public School Board Trustee for Ward D. He did not seek re-election in the 2017 election.

Federal politics[edit]

In 2003, Martin supported Bill Blaikie's unsuccessful campaign to become leader of the federal New Democratic Party.

Ray Martin has run and lost in four federal elections, each time as an NDP candidate. He ran in the 1997, 2000, 2008, and 2011 federal elections, in Edmonton North, Edmonton Centre-East, and Edmonton East (twice), respectively.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 1986: Alberta's mixed legislature
  2. ^ "HOME - raymartinbook.ca".
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Catherine Chichak
MLA Edmonton-Norwood
Succeeded by
Andrew Beniuk
Preceded by
Grant Notley
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
Succeeded by
Laurence Decore
Preceded by
Julius Yankowsky
MLA Edmonton Beverly-Clareview
Succeeded by
Tony Vandermeer