|MLA for Calgary West|
|Preceded by||Karen Kryczka|
|Succeeded by||Ken Hughes|
|Born||1949/1950 (age 65–66)
|Political party||Progressive Conservative, Conservative Party of Canada|
Ronald Liepert (born circa 1949) is a Canadian politician. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-West as a Progressive Conservative, from 2004 to 2012. On April 12, 2014, Liepert won the federal Conservative nomination in Calgary Signal Hill, defeating incumbent Rob Anders.
Liepert was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the farm and attended a small rural school. He left high school in the middle of grade 11 at the age of 17. He moved to Calgary where he took a job with Rosco Steel. For three years Liepert returned to the family farm to help with the crop, but he became disillusioned with farming and he settled into Calgary, Alberta year round. He was working at Burns Foods in 1971 when he decided to enroll in the Columbia School of Broadcasting. In 1972 Liepert, married and with an infant daughter, joined CHAB (AM) in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In the mid-1970s he took a position with CFCW (AM) radio in Camrose, Alberta, and from there he moved to the ITV network (later rebranded to CITV-TV) in Edmonton, Alberta near the end of the 70s.
From 1980 to 1985, Liepert held the position of Press Secretary to Premier Lougheed. Following that responsibility, he moved to the ministry of Alberta Economic Development as the Trade Director of Western U.S. Operations where he remained until 1991. That year, he moved to the private sector to work for Telus where he was involved in both the purchase of Ed Tel and the BCTel merger in addition to the rebranding of AGT to Telus. From 2000 to 2004, Liepart owned his own public relations/communications consulting company and operated a childcare centre in Calgary’s core.
Liepert accepted the position of Press Secretary in 1980 when the offer was made by Premier Lougheed. He was at the Premier’s side during the energy negotiations of the early 1980s and at the Constitutional Accord of 1982. He also took part in a number of federal-provincial conferences. He remained Press Secretary until 1985. Following that role, from 1986 to 1991, he held the position of Trade Director of Western U.S. Operations for Alberta Economic Development.
Liepert first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the electoral district of Edmonton-Highlands-Beverly in the 1993 Alberta general election. He finished third in the five way race behind winning candidate Alice Hanson and incumbent John McInnis.
After spending some time in the private sector with Telus and a period self-employment doing public relations/communications consulting and owning a childcare centre, Liepert desired to return to the political life. He first sought public office in the 2004 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-West. In that election, Liepert received 52% of the vote. During his first two years as an MLA, he served as the chair of the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund Committee, a co-chair for the Film Advisory Council, and was a Local Authority Elections Act special committee review team member.
Following the 2006 leadership race for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, newly elected Premier Ed Stelmach appointed Liepert as the Minister of Education. During his tenure as Education Minister, he also served as a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services. In the 2008 provincial election, Liepert was reelected with 48% of the vote and appointed by the Premier as the Minister of Health and Wellness. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Liepert also currently serves as a member of the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee.
Alberta Minister of Health and Wellness
As the Health Minister Liepert dismantled the nine health regions of Alberta in favour of an Alberta Health Services "super" Board. In existence for five months and running a $1.3 billion deficit, they voted themselves, with Liepert's approval, a 25% raise.
Alberta Minister of Energy
On January 15, 2010, Liepert was sworn in as Minister of Energy.
On September 21, 2015, Liepert drew criticism for his position on civil liberties and Bill C-51. During an all-candidates debate, he stated, "I know there's a whole group of people...who talk about civil liberties and about the freedom of having the right to pretty much choose to do what you like. Folks, that's not the country we live in... I'm fully in favour of Bill C-51."
Liepert is married to Linda. The couple has two adult children. He enjoys golfing and served as a board member at the Pinebrook Golf Club in Calgary. Liepert has coordinated various charitable affairs, such as celebrity sport dinners and several fundraising campaigns and benefits. He also volunteers his time at a variety of other community events.
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-West )||Turnout 43.8%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Liepert||8,428||48.0%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Bob Babcock||2,273||12.9%|
|2004 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-West )||Turnout 42.3%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Liepert||6,969||52.1%|
|Alberta Alliance||John Keyes||989||7.4%|
- "Ron Liepert beats Rob Anders, tells Jason Kenney to 'mind his own business'". CBC. The Canadian Press. April 13, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- "Interview for RadioWest.ca".
- "Edmonton-Highlands-Beverly results 1993". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Liepert gives 25% raise to newly created part time board
- Edmonton Sun (2009-11-02). "Liepert should lose job: Liberals". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- Edmonton Journal (2009-11-05). "Braid: Liepert obvious sacrifice for flu fiasco". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Liepert's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "Ron Liepert on C-51: Civil liberties? "That's not the country we live in."". September 21, 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.