Scott Cyr

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Scott Cyr
MLA
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded by Genia Leskiw
Personal details
Born 1971/1972 (age 46–47)
Slave Lake, Alberta
Political party United Conservative
Other political
affiliations
Wildrose (2015–17)
Residence Cold Lake, Alberta
Alma mater University of Lethbridge
Occupation Accountant, Power engineer

Scott Joseph Cyr (born 1972 or 1973) is a Canadian politician who represents the electoral district of Bonnyville-Cold Lake in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Political career[edit]

Cyr was first elected in 2015, defeating his Progressive Conservative rival Craig Copeland to pick up Bonnyville-Cold Lake for Wildrose. Although the party's vote share decreased in most of the province, Cyr won a larger percentage of votes than the previous Wildrose candidate. The PC's had held the riding since 1997.

Shadow cabinet[edit]

When Wildrose leader Brian Jean unveiled his shadow cabinet in June 2015, Cyr was given the position of Deputy Whip, as well as Shadow Minister of Justice & Solicitor General.[1]

In 2017, Cyr sponsored a private member's bill that would introduce a new tort law in Alberta covering the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. He cited a conversation with one of his daughters as the inspiration for the bill,[2] as well as the highly-publicized cases of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons. NDP Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley announced her support for the bill in the Legislature,[3] and it was passed unanimously. The new law will come into force on August 4, 2017.[4]

Cyr was moved to the role of Shadow Minister for Service Alberta in December 2016. When Wildrose merged with the Progressive Conservatives, he joined the new party and retained his role as critic.[5]

Exit from politics[edit]

The redistribution of electoral boundaries in 2017 abolished Bonnyville-Cold Lake, and Cyr initially indicated he would run for the United Conservative Party nomination in the new riding of Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul. However, Cyr withdrew after fellow MLA Dave Hanson, also a resident of the new district, declared he would run as well.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Cyr holds a management degree in accounting and finance from the University of Lethbridge as well as a class 4 power engineering certificate.[7] He worked as an accountant for 14 years prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly in 2015.[8] He, his wife, and their two daughters reside in Cold Lake.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Scott Cyr 5,452 46.55% +4.47%
Progressive Conservative Craig Copeland 3,594 30.43% -18.66%
New Democratic Josalyne Head 2,136 18.09% +14.73%
Alberta Party Rob Fox 628 5.32%
Total valid votes 11,810
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 45
Eligible electors / Turnout 24,714 47.97% +3.34%
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +11.57%

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