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Ric McIver
McIver in 2012
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
In office
May 11, 2015 – March 18, 2017
Preceded byJim Prentice
Succeeded byJason Kenney
Minister of Municipal Affairs
Assumed office
June 9, 2023
PremierDanielle Smith
Preceded byRebecca Schulz
Minister of Municipal Affairs
In office
July 8, 2021 – October 21, 2022
PremierJason Kenney, Danielle Smith
Preceded byTracy Allard
Succeeded byRebecca Schulz
In office
May 8, 2012 – December 6, 2013
PremierAlison Redford
Preceded byRay Danyluk
Succeeded byWayne Drysdale
Minister of Transportation
In office
April 30, 2019 – July 8, 2021
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byBrian Mason
Succeeded byRajan Sawhney
In office
May 8, 2012 – May 6, 2014
PremierAlison Redford
Dave Hancock
Preceded byRay Danyluk
Succeeded byWayne Drysdale
Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
In office
September 15, 2014 – May 24, 2015
PremierAlison Redford
Dave Hancock
Preceded byThomas Lukaszuk
Succeeded byLori Sigurdson
Minister of Infrastructure
In office
December 13, 2013 – May 6, 2014
PremierAlison Redford
Dave Hancock
Preceded byWayne Drysdale
Succeeded byWayne Drysdale
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
for Calgary-Hays
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Preceded byArt Johnston
Member of the
Calgary City Council
for Ward 12
In office
October 15, 2001 – October 18, 2010
Preceded bySue Higgins
Succeeded byShane Keating
Personal details
Richard William McIver

(1958-08-28) August 28, 1958 (age 65)[1]
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Political partyUnited Conservative
SpouseChristine McIver
Residence(s)Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Richard William McIver ECA MLA (born August 28, 1958) is a Canadian politician who has represented Calgary-Hays in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta since 2012. A member of the United Conservative Party (UCP), McIver is the current minister of municipal affairs.

He entered politics in 2001 when he was elected to the Calgary City Council, serving until 2010. In 2012, he joined the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) and was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). McIver was a cabinet minister from 2013 until the PCs were defeated in the 2015 provincial election. He served as interim PC leader from 2015 to 2017, and returned to cabinet when the new UCP formed government in 2019.

Political career[edit]

Municipal politics[edit]

McIver first ran for the position of Ward 12 Alderman in 1998 against long time incumbent Sue Higgins. McIver came second but lost by a huge margin with Higgins receiving 15,000 votes and McIver with just under 3000 votes. During that term McIver ran in a by-election for Ward 14 again placing second of twelve candidates losing to Diane Colley-Urquhart by 288 votes. After Sue Higgins announced she would not run again in Ward 12, McIver ran there again, this time successfully in 2001. He began his first term as Ward 12 Alderman in October 2001. He was acclaimed to a second term in 2004. In the 2007 election, he again faced opposition at the ballot box but was re-elected with a 91% majority.[2]

McIver held his post on Calgary City Council from his election in October 2001 until his run for mayor in October 2010.[3] On April 21, 2010, he announced his intentions to run for mayor in the October 2010 municipal election.[4]

He came in second in the mayoral election, garnering over 112,000 votes.

During his time on city council, McIver served on the following civic boards and committees:[5]

  • Calgary Housing Company, Chair for three years
  • Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services, Chair
  • Standing Policy Committee on Finance and Corporate Services
  • Land and Asset Strategy Committee
  • Family and Community Support Services, Chair
  • Provincial Justice Policy Advisory Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Emergency Management Committee, Chair
  • Aldermanic Office Coordinating Committee
  • Calgary Police Commission
  • Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Vice President

Provincial politics[edit]

In December 2011, McIver ran at the provincial level challenging MLA Art Johnston for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PC) nomination in the Calgary-Hays constituency, a riding including many neighbourhoods of his former ward 12. McIver defeated the incumbent by a margin of 285 votes, taking the election 406–121. On April 23, 2012, in the provincial election, McIver was elected into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, receiving 8,614 votes out of 15,642 (55.07%) to become just the second representative for the Calgary-Hays district since its creation. McIver was sworn in on May 8, 2012.

In addition to his duties as MLA, McIver subsequently held the following roles in government:

  • Alberta's Minister of Transportation. (McIver was the first Minister of Transportation for Alberta to be selected from one of its major cities)
  • Government of Alberta's Treasury Board Committee.
  • Government's Operations and Policy Cabinet Committee.
  • Minister of Infrastructure. (assigned after a cabinet shuffle in December 2013)[6]

Progressive Conservative leadership run[edit]

McIver resigned from cabinet in May 2014 in order to stand in the PC leadership election,[7] following the resignation of Premier Alison Redford. During the leadership campaign, he attended the March for Jesus. He later made it clear he did not share in the group's anti-gay beliefs after media attention to the event.[8] McIver placed second with 11.7% of the vote, losing to Jim Prentice.[9] On September 15, 2014, McIver was appointed Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour in Prentice's cabinet.[10]

Progressive Conservative interim leader[edit]

On May 11, 2015, following the party's defeat in the 2015 provincial election the previous week and the resulting resignation of party leader Jim Prentice, McIver was chosen by caucus to be interim leader of the PC Party. At the time, he did not rule out running for permanent leader at the leadership election to be held in 2017.[11]

On April 18, 2016, McIver was thrown out of the Alberta legislature by Speaker Bob Wanner for repeatedly refusing to sit down despite the speaker's requests after learning that sheets explaining the speaker's ruling for an NDP amendment on a motion tabled by McIver had been distributed before the amendment was debated on the floor.[12]

McIver announced on November 8, 2016, that he would not be running for the permanent leadership and will remain interim leader until the March convention.[13]

United Conservative Party[edit]

In 2017, McIver joined the UCP, along with most of the PC caucus, when the party merged with Wildrose.

At the party's founding convention in May 2018, McIver passionately argued against a proposed policy that would allow schools to inform parents if their child joins a gay-straight alliance. Addressing party delegates, he stated that “You may disagree with some people in the room with people being gay, but they are gay. They need to be safe. We cannot out kids that are in a club (designed) to protect themselves.”[14] McIver further argued "Don't be called the Lake of Fire Party. I am begging you."[15] Despite these pleas, the policy passed with 57% support.

Electoral record[edit]

2023 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Ric McIver 11,807 55.61 -7.59
New Democratic Andrew Stewart 8,987 42.33 +16.91
Green Evelyn Tanaka 321 1.51
Solidarity Movement Garry Leonhardt 118 0.56
Total 21,233 99.38
Rejected and declined 133 0.62
Turnout 21,366 60.45
Eligible voters 35,345
United Conservative hold Swing -12.25
2019 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
United Conservative Ric McIver 14,186 63.19% -1.23% $56,063
New Democratic Tory Tomblin 5,706 25.42% -4.05% $48,441
Alberta Party Chris Nowell 2,052 9.14% $4,184
Liberal Frances Woytkiw 293 1.31% -2.84% $500
Alberta Independence Kenneth Morrice 211 0.94% $1,209
Total 22,448
Rejected, spoiled and declined 129 53 6
Eligible electors / turnout 34,230 65.97% 12.70%
United Conservative hold Swing
Source: Elections Alberta[17][18][19]
Note: Expenses is the sum of "Election Expenses", "Other Expenses" and "Transfers Issued". The Elections Act limits "Election Expenses" to $50,000.
2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ric McIver 6,671 38.26% -16.83%
New Democratic Carla Drader 5,138 29.47% 26.52%
Wildrose Bob Mailloux 4,562 26.16% -10.07%
Liberal Shawn Emran 722 4.14% -1.60%
Green Graham Mackenzie 250 1.43%
Social Credit Zachary Doyle 93 0.53%
Total 17,436
Rejected, spoiled and declined 28 29 6
Eligible electors / turnout 32,793 53.27% -1.64%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -5.03%
Source: "16 - Calgary-Hays, 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Chief Electoral Officer (2016). 2015 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer (PDF) (Report). Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta.
2012 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ric McIver 8,621 55.09 +0.86
Wildrose Wayne Anderson 5,670 36.23 +25.60
Liberal Brian MacPhee 898 5.74 -22.17
New Democratic Regina Vergara 461 2.95 +0.10
Total 15,650
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible electors / Turnout  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.37


  1. ^ https://calgaryherald.com/news/McIver/3178995/story.html Ric McIver: Bio (Calgary Herald)
  2. ^ McIver site
  3. ^ "Bio « Ric McIver". Ric McIver. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  4. ^ Guttormson, Kim (2010-03-31). "Mayoral candidates expected to step up". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  5. ^ "Biography of Alderman Ric McIver". The City of Calgary. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  6. ^ "Premier Alison Redford shuffles cabinet". CBC News. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "McIver resigns cabinet post, likely to enter Alberta PC leadership race". Globe and Mail. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ric McIver defends March for Jesus attendance". CBC News. June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Alberta PC leadership vote: Jim Prentice wins on 1st ballot". CBC News. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Ric McIver is congratulated by new Premier Jim Prentice during the swearing in ceremony for the Premier and cabinet ministers at Government House in Edmonton on Monday Sept. 15, 2014". Edmonton Journal. September 14, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  11. ^ "Ric McIver appointed Interim Leader of PC Alberta". May 11, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Bellefontaine, Michelle (April 18, 2016). "Dispute over ruling gets PC leader Ric McIver kicked out of legislature". CBC News. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Interim leader Ric McIver not entering Alberta PC leadership race | CBC News".
  14. ^ The Canadian Press (May 6, 2018). "Alberta conservatives vote to end carbon tax, tell parents if child joins GSA". City News. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "UCP members ignore MLA pleas to vote against gay-straight alliance motion | CBC News".
  16. ^ "14 - Calgary-Hays". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  17. ^ "14 - Calgary-Hays, 2019 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  18. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume II (PDF) (Report). Vol. 2. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 55–58. ISBN 978-1-988620-12-1. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  19. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume III Election Finances (PDF) (Report). Vol. 3. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 68–82. ISBN 978-1-988620-13-8. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

External links[edit]

Alberta provincial government of Jason Kenney
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Brian Mason Minister of Transportation
April 30, 2019–July 8, 2021
Rajan Sawhney
Alberta provincial government of Jim Prentice
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Thomas Lukaszuk Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
September 15, 2014–May 23, 2015
Lori Sigurdson
Alberta provincial government of Dave Hancock
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Predecessor Office Successor
con'd from Redford ministry Minister of Infrastructure
March 23, 2014–May 6, 2014
Wayne Drysdale
Alberta provincial government of Alison Redford
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Wayne Drysdale Minister of Infrastructure
December 6, 2013–March 23, 2014
con'd into Hancock ministry
Ray Danyluk Minister of Transportation
May 8, 2012–December 6, 2013
Wayne Drysdale