Ron Liepert

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Ron Liepert
Member of Parliament for Calgary Signal Hill
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding Established
Minister of Finance in Alberta
In office
October 12, 2011 – May 8, 2012
PremierAlison Redford
Preceded byLloyd Snelgrove (Finance and Enterprise)
Succeeded byDoug Horner
Minister of Energy in Alberta
In office
January 15, 2010 – October 12, 2011
PremierEdward Stelmach
Preceded byMel Knight
Succeeded byTed Morton
Minister of Health and Wellness in Alberta
In office
March 12, 2008 – January 15, 2010
PremierEdward Stelmach
Preceded byDave Hancock
Succeeded byGene Zwozdesky
Minister of Education in Alberta
In office
December 15, 2006 – March 12, 2008
PremierEdward Stelmach
Preceded byDave Hancock
Succeeded byGene Zwozdesky
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-West
In office
November 22, 2004 – April 23, 2012
Preceded byKaren Kryczka
Succeeded byKen Hughes
Personal details
Ronald Liepert

(1949-10-08) October 8, 1949 (age 73)
Saltcoats, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political partyConservative Party (federal)
Other political
United Conservative Party (provincial; 2017–)
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (provincial; 2004–2017)
Residence(s)Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ronald Liepert ECA MP (born October 8, 1949) is a Canadian politician from Alberta who serves as the Member of Parliament for Calgary Signal Hill in the House of Commons of Canada. He previously served in the Cabinet of Alberta as Minister of Finance, Energy, Health and Wellness and Education under premiers Ed Stelmach and Alison Redford. From 2004 to 2012, he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-West, as a Progressive Conservative legislator. On April 12, 2014, Liepert won the federal Conservative nomination in Calgary Signal Hill, defeating incumbent Rob Anders, and was elected to parliament in 2015.[1] He was re-elected in 2019 and 2021.

Early life[edit]

Liepert was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan in 1949.[2] He grew up on his family's farm and attended a small rural school. He left high school in the middle of grade 11 at the age of 17.[3] He moved to Alberta, where he took a job in Calgary 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 moved to Calgary permanently. 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. In the late 1970s, he moved to the ITV network in Edmonton.[3]

From 1980 to 1985, Liepert held the position of Press Secretary to Premier Peter Lougheed. He served as a key aide to Lougheed during inter-provincial negotiations on energy policy and the Constitutional Accord of 1982. He also participated in a number of federal-provincial conferences. Following that responsibility, he moved to the Ministry of Economic Development as the Trade Director of Western U.S. Operations. In 1991, 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 center in Calgary downtown area.

Member of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

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 the winning candidate, Liberal Alice Hanson, and incumbent New Democrat John McInnis.[4]

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 decided to return to politics. He next 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 to be 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 served as a member of the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee.

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.[5]

He faced criticism over the handling of the flu immunization campaign for the 2009 flu pandemic.[6][7]

On January 15, 2010, Liepert was sworn in as Minister of Energy.[8]

Member of Parliament[edit]

On April 12, 2014, Liepert won the federal Conservative nomination in Calgary Signal Hill, defeating incumbent Rob Anders.[1] Anders had been the MP for Calgary West, the predecessor to Signal Hill, since 1997.

On September 21, 2015, Liepert drew criticism from the left-wing Broadbent Institute newsletter Press Progress 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."[9]

On October 19, 2015, Liepert was elected MP for Calgary Signal Hill, winning with more than 60% of the vote.

During the 42nd Canadian Parliament, Liepert introduced one private member's bill, numbered C-229 and entitled the "Life Means Life Act", which proposed to mandate that persons found guilty of certain crimes, such as murder or treason, be sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole. The bill was defeated in a vote in September 2016 with only Conservative Party members voting in support. Then Justice Minister Peter MacKay had previously introduced this bill in the 41st Parliament in March 2015, as Bill C-53, though it was not adopted before the parliament ended.[10]

In January 2021, it was revealed that Liepert had travelled to California twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the Canada–United States border was closed to all nonessential travel and public health orders urged people to avoid unnecessary travel. Liepert claimed the trips were for essential house maintenance to his Palm Desert home.[11]

On February 17, 2023, Liepert announced that he would not run in the next federal election after finishing his service in the 44th Canadian Parliament.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Liepert and his wife, Linda, have two adult children; one is deceased. 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.[8]

Electoral record[edit]


2019 Canadian federal election: Calgary Signal Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ron Liepert 44,421 70.0 +9.45 $53,871.72
Liberal Ghada Alatrash 9,722 15.3 -15.26 $18,761.34
New Democratic Khalis Ahmed 5,355 8.4 +3.4 none listed
Green Marco Reid 2,139 3.4 +0.86 none listed
People's Gord Squire 1,130 1.8 - none listed
Rhinoceros Christina Bassett 511 0.8 - $977.40
Christian Heritage Garry Dirk 200 0.3 +0.04 $7,255.71
Total valid votes/expense limit 63,478 100.0
Total rejected ballots 241
Turnout 63,719 72.1
Eligible voters 88,317
Conservative hold Swing +12.36
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]
2015 Canadian federal election: Calgary Signal Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ron Liepert 37,858 60.55 –4.33 $130,725.18
Liberal Kerry Cundal 19,108 30.56 +15.12 $45,722.45
New Democratic Khalis Ahmed 3,128 5.00 –5.58 $20,771.13
Green Taryn Knorren 1,586 2.54 –6.24 $3,474.13
Libertarian Tim Moen 679 1.09 $41,422.27
Christian Heritage Jesse Rau 160 0.26 $5,538.70
Total valid votes/expense limit 62,519 100.00   $222,240.38
Total rejected ballots 189 0.30
Turnout 62,708 73.98
Eligible voters 84,765 100
Conservative hold Swing –9.74
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]


2008 Alberta general election results[17] Turnout 39.78% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Ron Liepert 8,428 47.97% -4.11%
Liberal Beth Gignac 5,693 32.41% 0.39%
Wildrose Alliance Bob Babcock 2,273 12.94% 5.55%
Green James Kohut 773 4.40% -1.06%
New Democratic Chantelle Dubois 401 2.28% -0.77%
Total 17,568
Rejected, spoiled and declined 58
Eligible electors / Turnout 44,306  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.25%
2004 Alberta general election results[18] Turnout 42.38% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Ron Liepert 6,969 52.08% -21.07%
Liberal Derek Smith 4,284 32.02% 12.35%
Alberta Alliance John Keyes 989 7.39%
Green James Kohut 731 5.46% *
New Democratic Chantelle Dubois 408 3.05% -4.13%
Total 13,381
Rejected, spoiled and declined 70
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,736  %
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -16.71%
1993 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Highlands-Beverly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alice Hanson 5,189 45.59% +27.17%
Progressive Conservative Ron Liepert 2,787 24.48% -2.10%
New Democratic John McInnis 2,885 25.34% -29.66%
Social Credit Tim Friesen 428 3.76%
Natural Law Cliff Kinzel 94 0.83%
Total 11,383
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 31
Eligible electors / turnout 20,798 54.88% +1.14%
Liberal notional gain from New Democratic Swing +14.63%
"Results for Edmonton-Highlands". Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
Swing is calculated from the Edmonton-Highlands result in 1989.


  1. ^ a b "Ron Liepert beats Rob Anders, tells Jason Kenney to 'mind his own business'". CBC. The Canadian Press. April 13, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ Ron Liepert – Parliament of Canada biography
  3. ^ a b "Interview for".
  4. ^ "Edmonton-Highlands-Beverly results 1993". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Liepert gives 25% raise to newly created part time board
  6. ^ Edmonton Sun (2009-11-02). "Liepert should lose job: Liberals". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  7. ^ Edmonton Journal (2009-11-05). "Braid: Liepert obvious sacrifice for flu fiasco". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  8. ^ a b "Liepert's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
  9. ^ "Ron Liepert on C-51: Civil liberties? "That's not the country we live in."". September 21, 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  10. ^ O'Malley, Kady (March 5, 2016). "Everything you need to know about the first batch of bills from the backbench". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Conservative MP has travelled to California twice since March for 'essential house maintenance'". CBC News. January 2, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  12. ^ "Calgary MP Ron Liepert says he won't seek re-election". CBC News. February 17, 2023. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  13. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Calgary Signal Hill (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 264–267.
  18. ^ "Calgary-West Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 9, 2012.

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