William Edward Payne

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William "Bill" Edward Payne
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 14, 1979 – June 15, 1993
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byHeather Forsyth
ConstituencyCalgary-Fish Creek
Minister without Portfolio
In office
November 1982 – May 1986
Personal details
Born (1933-07-04) July 4, 1933 (age 86)
Windsor, Ontario[1]
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Occupationpolitician

William "Bill" Edward Payne (born July 4, 1933) is a former provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1993 sitting with the governing Progressive Conservative caucus. Premier Peter Lougheed appointed Payne to the Executive Council of Alberta. He briefly served as a minister without portfolio from 1982 to 1986.

Payne was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2]

Political career[edit]

Payne ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1979 Alberta general election in the electoral district of Calgary-Fish Creek. He won his first term defeating three other candidates with a landslide majority.[3] Payne ran for a second term in office in the 1982 Alberta general election. He increased his majority finishing nearly 15,000 votes ahead of second place candidate Byron Chenger of the Western Canada Concept.[4] After the election Payne was appointed minister without portfolio by Premier Peter Lougheed. He held that cabinet portfolio for a single term.

Payne won his third term and losing almost 10,000 votes from his 1982 total running in the 1986 Alberta general election. He still finished well ahead winning the district with a third consecutive landslide.[5] He ran for his fourth and final term in the 1989 Alberta genera election. His popular vote dropped again as support for Liberal candidate Wayne Gillis surged finishing approximately 1,500 votes behind Payne.[6] He retired at dissolution of the Assembly in 1993.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Roy A. Prete and Carma Prete,ed., Canadian Mormons: The History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada (Salt Lake City: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2017), p. 265
  3. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1979". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1982". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1986". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "Calgary-Fish Creek results 1989". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2010.

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