Ricardo Miranda

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Ricardo Miranda

Ricardo Miranda 2015.jpg
Miranda in May 2015
Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism
Assumed office
February 2, 2016
Preceded byDavid Eggen
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Cross
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded byYvonne Fritz
Personal details
Born (1976-08-22) August 22, 1976 (age 42)
Managua, Nicaragua
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
OccupationResearcher

Ricardo Miranda (born August 22, 1976) is a Canadian politician and trade unionist who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 2015 Alberta general election representing the electoral district of Calgary-Cross.[1]

On February 2, 2016, Miranda was appointed Alberta's Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Before Politics[edit]

In 1988, Miranda left war-torn Nicaragua immigrating to Canada as a refugee when he was just 0-years-old.[2] He graduated from Father Lacombe High School in Calgary, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Miranda engaged for several years in activism for various workers' rights organizations. While employed as a flight attendant for Air Canada, he was elected president of his local union, one of the largest within the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He went on to work for CUPE as a researcher in the Alberta office of CUPE National, where he met and worked with Louis Arab, husband of the incumbent premier and Alberta NDP leader the Hon. Rachel Notley. As a CUPE researcher, Miranda also contributed to public policy as a board member of the Parkland Institute, an Edmonton-based public policy think tank based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.[3]

Political career[edit]

Miranda's entry into politics came after encouragement by Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley, who suggested he may run for the Alberta NDP party.[4] Previously, Miranda had served as a member of various committees, including the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. He also served as chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future.

He was elected as an MP in the 2015 Alberta general election, becoming one of the first three openly LGBT politicians elected to the provincial legislature, alongside caucus colleagues Michael Connolly and Estefania Cortes-Vargas.[5] In February 2016, Miranda was appointed as Alberta's Minister of Culture and Tourism in a provincial government headed by Notley.

Electoral history[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Ricardo Miranda 4,602 36.13 +31.10
Progressive Conservative Rick Hanson 4,501 35.34 -9.31
Wildrose Moiz Mahmood 2,060 16.17 -21.81
Liberal Manjot Singh Gill 1,194 9.38 -0.79
Green Peter Meic 236 1.85 +0.32
Independent Katherine Le Rougetel[6] 143 1.12
Total valid votes 12,736
Rejected, spoiled and declined 98
Turnout 12,834 40.64
Eligible voters 31,535
Source: Elections Alberta[7]

Personal life[edit]

Miranda is openly gay. In addition to belonging to a sexual minority group, Miranda has variously spoken publicly about the difficulties of his early life fleeing war and persecution, and has been the voice of Judaism in the legislature, rising to inform on the occasion of various Jewish holidays.

Miranda became Alberta's first cabinet minister to be married in a same-sex wedding. In a marriage ceremony held on December 28, 2018 in Calgary's Glenbow Museum, Miranda married boyfriend and partner Christopher Brown. He had met Brown early in 2018 as the latter was working as staff for Alberta Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee. The marriage ceremony of Miranda and Brown was officiated by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NDP's Miranda wins by 100 votes over former police chief". Calgary Herald, May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Save the date: Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s first openly gay cabinet minister, is getting married". Toronto Star, Cecember 5, 2018.
  3. ^ http://parklandinstitute.ca/about/board/
  4. ^ "CUPE Researcher elected in Alberta". Canadian Union of Public Employees. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alberta's NDP Government A Diverse Bunch". Canadian Press via Huffington Post, May 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Le Rougetel was a candidate of the unregistered Communist League. See Ryan Rumbolt, "Communist League candidate Katherine LeRougetel enters mayoral race", Calgary Herald, 5 March 2017, accessed 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  8. ^ "Alberta premier officiates cabinet minister's historic same-sex wedding". CBC News, December 30, 2018.