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 78)
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.

Provincial politics[edit]

Martin, a teacher by profession, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1982 provincial election as one member of a two-member Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus.

He became leader of the Alberta NDP in 1984, succeeding Grant Notley who had died 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] The NDP matched this performance in the 1989 election. In 1993, none of the party's sitting MLAs were re-elected. Martin was defeated in his riding, Edmonton-Norwood, by Liberal Andrew Beniuk. He quit the party's leadership in 1994.

Martin returned to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview after an absence of eleven years by winning a seat in the 2004 general election. He was defeated in the 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