Richard John Feehan
|Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations|
February 2, 2016 – April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Kathleen Ganley|
|Succeeded by||Rick Wilson|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Rutherford|
|Assumed office |
May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Fred Horne|
|Born||February 11, 1960|
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Wilfrid Laurier University (MSW) University of Calgary (BSW) University of Alberta (BA)|
|Occupation||University instructor and social worker|
Richard John Feehan (born February 11, 1960) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-Rutherford. He was made Alberta NDP caucus chair on June 3 and elected deputy chairman of committees on June 12, 2015.
Biography, education, and career before politics
Richard Feehan was born into an Irish-Catholic family on February 11, 1960 to Bernie and Kathleen Feehan. His father was a Judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and his mother was chair of Grant MacEwan’s social work program for 30 years. Feehan has six siblings working in law, academia, psychology, education and social work. He is married with three adult children.
Feehan graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary in 1982, and a Masters of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1986.
His work experience before politics includes roles as Vice President of Catholic Social Services, Program Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council, small business owner of a private social work practice, and social worker at the Glenrose Hospital. He was most recently employed as a tenured instructor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Social Work at the Edmonton division before being elected in May 2015.
He has volunteered with the Canadian Research Institute for Family and the Law as a board member, the Edmonton Community Adult Learners Association as the Board President; the Professional Social Work Education Board as a board member and the Public Education Committee as a member.
On May 14, 2013, Feehan publicly launched his campaign to represent Ward 10 on city council in the 2013 Edmonton municipal election. He ran on a platform of local sustainability and infrastructure renewal. He placed second in the 2013 civic election losing to community organizer Michael Walters.
In the fall of 2014 Feehan began campaigning for the NDP nomination in Edmonton-Rutherford. Feehan won the NDP nomination for the provincial riding of Edmonton-Rutherford on Wednesday, November 5. On May 5, 2015 Feehan was elected as the NDP MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford recording the highest voter increase for any party candidate across the province giving the NDP a 55.9% increased in the share of the vote in Edmonton-Rutherford since the 2012 general Alberta Election. It was announced on June 3 that Feehan would act as the NDP’s caucus chair. On June 12, 2015 Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly elected Feehan deputy chairman of committees.
On February 2, 2016 Feehan was appointed Minister of Indigenous Relations, a renamed ministry which deals with the relationship between government and Indigenous nations. The day he was elected he stated that he was "very privileged" to serve in what he calls "a fundamentally important role in the province" referring to the portfolio he would take on as Minister of Indigenous Relations. In the coming months and years Feehan's portfolio will focus on the province's role in the expected inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women along with other issues.
Edmonton municipal election 2013
|Richard John Feehan||3,818||20.7|
|Dan 'Can Man Dan' Johnstone||907||4.9|
2015 Alberta general election
|2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Rutherford|
|New Democratic||Richard Feehan||11,214||63.48|
|Progressive Conservative||Chris LaBossiere||3,940||22.30|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+55.14%|
2019 Alberta general election
|2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Rutherford|
|New Democratic||Richard Feehan||12,154||54.8%||-8.68%|
|United Conservative||Hannah Presakarchuk||7,737||34.9%||+3.29%|
|Alberta Party||Aisha Rauf||1,600||7.2%||--|
|Total valid votes||22,174|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||50||46||15|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-8.25%|