|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Calgary Signal Hill
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||new district|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary West|
November 22, 2004 – April 23, 2012
|Preceded by||Karen Kryczka|
|Succeeded by||Ken Hughes|
|Born||October 8, 1949|
Saltcoats, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, Conservative Party of Canada|
|Residence||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
Ronald Liepert MP (born October 8, 1949) is a Canadian politician and the current Member of Parliament for Calgary Signal Hill. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-West as a Progressive Conservative, from 2004 to 2012. On April 12, 2014, Liepert won the federal Conservative nomination in Calgary Signal Hill, defeating incumbent Rob Anders.
Liepert was born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan in 1949. He grew up on the farm and attended a small rural school. He left high school in the middle of grade 11 at the age of 17. He moved to Calgary where he took a job 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 settled into Calgary, Alberta year round. 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, and from there he moved to the ITV network in Edmonton, Alberta near the end of the 70s.
From 1980 to 1985, Liepert held the position of Press Secretary to Premier Peter Lougheed. Following that responsibility, he moved to the ministry of Alberta Economic Development as the Trade Director of Western U.S. Operations where he remained until 1991. That year, 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 centre in Calgary's core. Liepert accepted the position of Press Secretary in 1980 when the offer was made by Premier Lougheed. He was at the Premier’s side during the energy negotiations of the early 1980s and at the Constitutional Accord of 1982. He also took part in a number of federal-provincial conferences. He remained Press Secretary until 1985. Following that role, from 1986 to 1991, he held the position of Trade Director of Western U.S. Operations for Alberta Economic Development.
Member of the Legislative Assembly
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 winning candidate Alice Hanson and incumbent John McInnis.
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 desired to return to the political life. He first 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 as 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 currently serves 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.
On January 15, 2010, Liepert was sworn in as Minister of Energy.
Member of Parliament
On September 21, 2015, Liepert drew criticism from the left wing Broadbent Institution 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."
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 bill, C-229 titled Life Means Life Act, which proposed to mandate that those 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. The bill had been previously introduced in the 41st Parliament by the Minister of Justice, in March 2015 as Bill C-53, though it was not adopted before the parliament ended.
Liepert is married to Linda. The couple has two adult children. 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.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Calgary Signal Hill|
|New Democratic||Khalis Ahmed||3,128||5.01||–5.57||–|
|Christian Heritage||Jesse Rau||160||0.25||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||62,519||100.0||$220,624.93|
|Total rejected ballots||189||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2008 Alberta general election results||Turnout 39.78%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Liepert||8,428||47.97%||-4.11%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Bob Babcock||2,273||12.94%||5.55%|
|New Democratic||Chantelle Dubois||401||2.28%||-0.77%|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||58|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||44,306||%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-2.25%|
|2004 Alberta general election results||Turnout 42.38%||Swing|
|Progressive Conservative||Ron Liepert||6,969||52.08%||-21.07%|
|Alberta Alliance||John Keyes||989||7.39%|
|New Democratic||Chantelle Dubois||408||3.05%||-4.13%|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||70|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||31,736||%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-16.71%|
|Alberta Provincial Government of Alison Redford|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Iris Evans||Minister of Finance
October 12, 2011–May 8, 2012
|Alberta Provincial Government of Ed Stelmach|
|Cabinet posts (3)|
|Mel Knight||Minister of Energy
January 15, 2010–October 12, 2011
|Dave Hancock||Minister of Health and Wellness
March 12, 2008–January 15, 2010
|Gene Zwozdesky||Minister of Education
December 15, 2006–March 12, 2008
- "Ron Liepert beats Rob Anders, tells Jason Kenney to 'mind his own business'". CBC. The Canadian Press. April 13, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- Ron Liepert – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Interview for RadioWest.ca".
- "Edmonton-Highlands-Beverly results 1993". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Liepert gives 25% raise to newly created part time board
- Edmonton Sun (2009-11-02). "Liepert should lose job: Liberals". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- Edmonton Journal (2009-11-05). "Braid: Liepert obvious sacrifice for flu fiasco". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Liepert's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "Ron Liepert on C-51: Civil liberties? "That's not the country we live in."". September 21, 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- 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.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Calgary Signal Hill (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
- The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 264–267.
- "Calgary-West Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 9, 2012.