Ray Martin (politician)

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Ray Martin
Ray Martin - Ward D (9903733616).jpg
Martin in 2013
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
Preceded by Grant Notley
Succeeded by Laurence Decore
Public School Trustee for Edmonton Ward D
Assumed office
Preceded by Dave Colburn
MLA for Edmonton Beverly-Clareview
In office
Preceded by Julius Yankowsky
Succeeded by Tony Vandermeer
MLA for Edmonton-Norwood
In office
Preceded by Catherine Chichak
Succeeded by Andrew Beniuk
Personal details
Born Raymond James Martin
(1941-08-08) August 8, 1941 (age 76)
Delia, Alberta
Political party Alberta New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation teacher

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

Born in 1941 in Delia, Alberta,[1] 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.[2] The NDP matched this performance in the 1989 election. In 1993, the party was wiped out, and Martin was defeated in his riding, Edmonton-Norwood, by Liberal Andrew Beniuk. He quit the party's leadership in 1994.

Martin was defeated when he later ran as an NDP candidate in the 1997 and 2000 federal elections in the Edmonton North and Edmonton Centre-East ridings.

From 2001 to 2004, Martin was a Trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board. Martin also worked as a political columnist for the Edmonton Sun, and as a financial planner and consultant.

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

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. However, he was defeated in his 2008 campaign for re-election by Progressive Conservative Tony Vandermeer.

On September 14, 2011 Martin announced he would run for NDP in the next provincial election, in the riding of Edmonton-Glenora. He was defeated in the 2012 provincial election by Progressive Conservative Heather Klimchuk.

In the spring of 2013, Martin announced he would run for Edmonton Public School Board Trustee in Ward D during Edmonton's municipal elections in October 2013. Incumbent Trustee Dave Colburn unsuccessfully ran for a seat on Edmonton's City Council. Martin did not seek re-election in the 2017 election.

Federal politics[edit]

Martin was defeated when he later ran as an NDP candidate in the 1997, 2000, and 2008[3] federal elections in the Edmonton North, Edmonton Centre-East, and Edmonton East ridings, respectively. He was again defeated as the NDP candidate for Edmonton East in the 2011 federal election.[4]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 1986: Alberta's mixed legislature
  3. ^ "Ray Martin eyes run at federal seat". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Martin wants to run again in Edmonton East". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
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