DAVID GRAEME "DAVE" HANCOCK, QC (born August 10, 1955) is a Canadian
lawyer and was the 15th
Premier of Alberta in 2014. From 1997 to 2014
he was a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing
the constituency of
* 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 . He went to high school in Fort Vermilion, Alberta before moving to Edmonton in 1972.
Hancock was politically involved from a young age, serving as the
president of the
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
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 Edmonton to retain their seat. He survived Liberal Donna Smith's bid for the seat, defeating her by 929 votes while winning 46 per cent of the vote. Hancock was elected to his fourth term in the 2008 provincial election , winning 58 per cent of the vote in beating Liberal Nancy Cavanaugh by 5,049 votes.
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 Edmonton and Calgary.
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 Edmonton where he had been an MLA and where most of his support was. Hancock was unable to secure any endorsements from PC caucus members, but was endorsed by Edmonton-Centre Conservative MP Laurie Hawn . He placed fifth out of eight candidates on the first ballot, garnering 7,595 votes, more than 20,000 votes behind the first place Dinning. Hancock, along with five others, were dropped from the second ballot. Along with fellow leadership candidates Mark Norris and Lyle Oberg , Hancock supported Stelmach on the final ballot.
Following the announcement of
Alison Redford 's resignation as both
leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and premier, Hancock was
named interim party leader by the Progressive Conservative caucus on
March 20, 2014, and, with such confidence from the majority of the
legislature , was appointed as
Premier of Alberta . Hancock was sworn
in at Government House on March 23, 2014. He was succeeded as Premier
Hancock lives in Edmonton with his wife Janet, who is a principal at Lillian Osborne High School in Edmonton. He has three children.
* ^ A B Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Biography for Honourable
Dave Hancock, QC:
* ^ "Outgoing Alberta premier