DAVID GRAEME "DAVE" HANCOCK, QC (born August 10, 1955) is a Canadian
lawyer and was the 15th
Premier of Alberta
* 1 Early life
* 2 Political career
* 2.1 Electoral record * 2.2 In Cabinet * 2.3 2006 Leadership bid * 2.4 Premiership
* 3 Personal life * 4 References * 5 External links
Hancock was born August 10, 1955 in Fort Resolution, Northwest
Territories and grew up in
Hazelton, British Columbia
Hancock was politically involved from a young age, serving as the president of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta 's youth wing from 1974–1976. He later served as party president from 1990–1992. Under his leadership, the Progressive Conservative Party instituted a one-member-one-vote system for leadership conventions and introduced a Statement of Principles and a grassroots policy development process.
Before being elected, Hancock was a partner with Matheson and Company, Barristers and Solicitors, having received his law degree from the University of Alberta .
Mike Percy 's retirement after serving one term in the Legislature
Alberta Liberal Party
Hancock was returned to the Legislature in the 2001 provincial
election , increasing his share of the popular vote to 59 per cent. He
defeated Liberal candidate Bruce King, the runner-up, by 4,381 votes.
In the 2004 provincial election , Hancock was one of only three out of
10 incumbent PC MLAs in
Hancock has spent his entire provincial political career in cabinet. As a rookie MLA in the 24th Alberta Legislature, Premier Ralph Klein named him Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs. In that capacity, he spearheaded the creation of the Aboriginal Policy Framework, which set out the basic structure for existing and new governmental policies regarding aboriginal affairs.
Two years into his first term, Hancock was promoted to Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Government House Leader. During his five years as Justice Minister, he worked to limit conditional sentencing for violent crime and drunk driving offenders. He also developed a flagging system to identify Alberta's chronic drunk drivers and introduced specialized domestic violence courts.
Hancock remained Justice and Solicitor General Minister and House Leader after his re-election in 2001, but was also given the job of Attorney General. He served in those roles until after the 2004 election, when Klein appointed him Minister of Advanced Education. During his time in that job, Hancock was most noted for passing the Access to the Future Act, which created a $1 billion endowment fund for post-secondary education. The fund is now valued at $3 billion. He also approved degree-granting status for several small colleges in the province. He resigned that post in April 2006 to seek the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party.
Stelmach appointed Hancock Minister of Education following the
provincial election in March 2008. Since then, Hancock has approved
funding increases to accredited private schools, and announced plans
to build 18 new schools in
On December 6, 2013, Hancock was appointed as Deputy Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education. Prior to that, Hancock served as Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader under the Redford government.
2006 LEADERSHIP BID
In April 2006, Hancock resigned his post as Minister of Advanced
Education and announced his intentions to replace Klein as the leader
of the Progressive Conservative Party. He was considered a long shot
against favourites like former provincial treasurer
Jim Dinning and
Ted Morton . His leadership campaign was managed by Brian Mulawka and
was headquartered in
Following the announcement of
Hancock lives in
* ^ A B Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Biography for Honourable
Dave Hancock, QC:
* ^ "Outgoing Alberta premier