Walter van de Walle

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Walter Van De Walle
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pembina
In office
September 29, 1986 – 1988
Preceded by Peter Elzinga
Succeeded by riding abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. Albert
In office
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by John G. Williams
Personal details
Born (1922-07-20)July 20, 1922
Villeneuve, Alberta, Canada
Died April 21, 2011(2011-04-21) (aged 88)
St. Albert, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Fernande Préfontaine
Children Five
Residence Legal, Alberta
Profession Businessman, Farmer

Walter Van De Walle (July 20, 1922 – April 21, 2011) was a Canadian politician from Alberta and former member of the House of Commons of Canada.

Van De Walle was born to Belgian immigrants in the hamlet of Villeneuve on the shores of Big Lake, Alberta. He lived his whole life in the area, and married Fernande Préfontaine in 1950. In 1945, he moved to Legal in order to farm.[1]

Van de Walle's political career began in 1958 when he was elected to the Sturgeon school division board of trustees, on which he served until 1965. In 1959, he was elected to the Sturgeon County council. He was re-elected in 1962, 1965, 1968, 1971 and 1974. He left municipal politics in 1977.[1]

In 1985, Van De Walle was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame for his advocacy of canola products and for starting a provincial program that urged farmers to use herbicides more responsibly.[1][2]

In 1986, Peter Elzinga resigned his position as Member of Parliament for Pembina to run for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Van De Walle was nominated to be his replacement by the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and won a narrow upset victory over New Democrat Ivor Dent, a former Mayor of Edmonton.

Van De Walle was easily re-elected in the 1988 election in the newly formed riding of St. Albert, receiving more than twice the votes of his closest rival. He did not seek re-election in the 1993 election.

Following his retirement from politics, Van De Walle continued to live near Legal and continued to be active in the community. He served as a trustee of the Sturgeon Hospital Foundation and was an active member of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.[1]

On April 21, 2011, Van De Walle died in St. Albert at the age of 88.[1]


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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Peter Elzinga
Member of Parliament for Pembina
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
New District
Member of Parliament for St. Albert
Succeeded by
John G. Williams