|MLA for Calgary-Glenmore|
March 11, 1997 – May 15, 2009
|Preceded by||Dianne Mirosh|
|Succeeded by||Paul Hinman|
|Deputy Premier of Alberta|
June 22, 2007 – May 15, 2009
|Preceded by||Vacant (Last held by Shirley McClellan)|
|Succeeded by||Vacant (Next held by Doug Horner)|
|Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations in the Alberta government|
March 12, 2008 – May 15, 2009
|Preceded by||Guy Boutilier|
|Succeeded by||Vacant (Next held by Len Webber)|
|Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the Alberta government|
November 25, 2004 – March 12, 2008
|Preceded by||Dave Hancock|
|Succeeded by||Alison Redford|
|Minister of Gaming in the Alberta government|
March 16, 2001 – November 25, 2004
|Preceded by||Murray Smith|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Graydon|
Ronald Gordon Stevens|
September 17, 1949
May 13, 2014 (aged 64)|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
University of Calgary|
University of Alberta
Ronald Gordon "Ron" Stevens, Q.C. (September 17, 1949 – May 13, 2014) was a Canadian politician. He was a member of the current Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Glenmore as a Progressive Conservative until his resignation on May 15, 2009. He was subsequently appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta on May 20, 2009 by the government of Canada.
Stevens was born September 17, 1949 in Empress, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1975 from the University of Alberta. Prior to being elected into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Stevens worked as a civil litigation lawyer and mediator with a major law firm in Calgary. In 1996, he was appointed Queen's Council.
An active community member, Stevens served in the role of president of the Palliser Bayview Pumphill Community Association, director of the Community Mediation Calgary Society, director of the Federation of Calgary Communities, and director and vice chair of the Calgary Housing Authority.
Stevens first sought public office in the 1997 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Glenmore. In that election, he received 58% of the vote. In the 2001 provincial election that followed, Stevens was reelected with 68% of the popular vote. That same year, he was appointed by Premier Ralph Klein as Minister of Gaming and was responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and the Alberta Lottery Fund. Following the 2004 provincial election, where he received 50% of the vote, Stevens was sworn in as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. On June 27, 2007, he was named Alberta's Deputy Premier by newly elected Premier Ed Stelmach. In the 2008 provincial election, Stevens was elected for a fourth time receiving 51% of the vote. On March 12, 2008, he was sworn in as Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Since becoming an MLA, Stevens has served in a variety of capacities on numerous boards and committees. He has held the title of Deputy Government House Leader, the position of chair for the Legislative Review Committee, the Oil Sands Ministerial Strategy Committee (Radke Report), Health Information Legislation Committee, the Standing Policy Committee on Learning, the Private Schools Funding Task Force, the Non-Profit Tax Exemption Review Committee, the position of vice chair of the Agenda and Priorities Committee and the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services, and the position of deputy chair of the Select Special Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Review Committee. He has also served as a member of more than ten other committees.
As an MLA, Stevens successfully sponsored two governmental bills: the Holocaust Memorial Day and Genocide Remembrance Act and the Irrigation Districts Act. He also sponsored one private member's bill during his first term in office: the Emblems of Alberta (Alberta Dress Tartan) Amendment Act, 2000.
Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as MLA, Minister, and Deputy Premier, Stevens serves as a member of Treasury Board, the Agenda and Priorities Committee, and the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee.
Hawaiian Stopover Controversy
In October 2007, CBC News Calgary reported that Ron Stevens had used his government credit card to pay for drinks and meals for his wife and four other people while on a stopover in Hawaii in 2003.
At the time, Stevens was serving as Alberta's Gaming Minister. His three-day Hawaiian stopover occurred as he was returning from Australia where he had been studying that country's gaming system.
"I don't recall whether it was a three-day stop or not," Stevens told CBC when questioned about the trip. "But I do recall that we did it in that fashion because it was less expensive than flying business class. In other words, it was the most economic way of doing it."
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Glenmore )||Turnout 45.6%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Stevens||6,441||51%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Ryan Sadler||1,019||8%|
|Green||Arden Duncan Bonokoski||547||4%|
|2004 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Glenmore )||Turnout 48.4%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Stevens||6,263||50.5%|
|Alberta Alliance||Ernest McCutcheon||571||4.6%|
|Social Credit||Larry Heather||127||1.0%|
|2001 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Glenmore )||Turnout 60.6%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Stevens||9,678||67.7%|
|Green||James A. Kohut||467||3.3%|
|1997 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Glenmore )||Turnout 59.6%|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Stevens||8,247||58.1%|
|Social Credit||Vernon Cook||583||4.1%|
- Government of Alberta (May 15, 2009). "Cabinet veteran Ron Stevens announces his resignation". News Release. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Canada, Department of Justice (May 20, 2009). "Alberta Judicial Appointments Announced". News Release. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
- "Steven's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "Alberta minister defends Hawaiian stopover". CBC News. October 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-15.