Laurence George Decore, CM was a Ukrainian-Canadian lawyer and politician from Alberta. He was mayor of Edmonton, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. He was educated in Vegreville and Ottawa, and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1961 with B. A. in history and political economy and he was called to the bar the year of his graduation, and eventually founded the firm Decore & Company. He married Anne Marie Decore, with whom he had two children and Andrea, Decore was involved in a number of business ventures that made him a millionaire. These included an Edmonton cable television station, a hotel in Jasper, from 1973 until 1975 he was founding chairman of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Council. Decore first sought office in the 1971 municipal election, when he ran for alderman in Ward 2 and he finished fourth of eleven candidates, among those who defeated him was Cec Purves, against whom Decore would run for mayor twice. He was elected as an alderman to Edmonton City Council in the 1974 election, after serving a three-year term, he ran for mayor in 1977.
Decore stayed out of politics for the six years. He returned to politics in the 1983 mayoral election when he defeated Purves in a landslide, more than doubling the vote count. He was re-elected by a margin in 1986. He oversaw the recovery after 1987s Edmonton Tornado and expressed the citys sadness over the Edmonton Oilers trading Wayne Gretzky. On October 17,1988 Decore resigned to enter provincial politics, as 1988 opened, the Alberta Liberal Party was led by Nick Taylor, who had served in this capacity since 1974. For most of those years, the party had been out of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. This wasnt enough for some party faithful, and a 1987 leadership review resulted in a 1988 leadership convention, Taylor contested the convention, as did Edmonton Meadowlark MLA Grant Mitchell, but Decore won a first ballot victory. Decore, who was elected in Edmonton Glengarry, defeating New Democrat John Younie, declared there is a new party on the horizon, in the legislature, Decore focused his attacks in the government around fiscal responsibility and the provinces rapidly rising debt.
He was critical of the involvement in the private sector which had, in some high-profile cases. The Liberals rose rapidly in the polls, and Progressive Conservative Premier Don Getty resigned in 1992 rather than lead his party into another election that it might well lose. The Progressive Conservatives new leader, Ralph Klein, had won the leadership in part by making similar to Decores
Terry Cavanagh (politician)
Terence James Terry Cavanagh is a Canadian politician, municipal councillor in Edmonton, who served as mayor. He was Edmontons first native-born mayor, Cavanagh was born in Edmonton on July 19,1926, to recent Scottish immigrants. He married June Gould on April 12,1948, the couple would have three children, and June would herself serve as an Edmonton alderman, in 1957, he returned to Edmonton to work as the purchasing manager for Premier Steel Mills Ltd. He stayed on when the company was taken over by Stelco Steel in 1962, Cavanagh entered politics during the 1968 Edmonton election, when he ran for Edmonton City Council as an aldermanic candidate. He was defeated, finishing fourteenth of thirty-two candidates in an election in which the top twelve were elected. He was more successful during the 1971 election, Edmonton had adopted a system to replace the previous at-large method of election. He was re-elected in the 1974 election, when he placed first of nine candidates, on November 7,1975, mayor William Hawrelak died in office.
He returned to Council after the 1983 election, when he finished second of eight candidates in Ward 6 and he was re-elected in the 1986 election, placing first of nine candidates. In 1988, Decore resigned to take a position as leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and he would win his old aldermanic seat back in the 1992 election, and would be re-elected in the 1995,1998,2001, and 2004 elections. In May 2007, Cavanagh announced that he would not seek election in the 2007 municipal election, Terry Cavanagh has excellent ties with Edmontons immigrant and especially Chinese communities. Members of the Chinese community threw him a dinner for his eightieth birthday and he has been an advocate for the development of Edmontons North Saskatchewan River valley as a park area, despite the fact that he is not generally known as an environmentalist. During the years of his involvement, some observers accused him of taking a less active role on city council than in years past. He has taught a government relations course at Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton City Council
The Edmonton City Council is the governing body of the City of Edmonton, Canada. Members represent wards throughout the city, and are known as councillors, until 2010, Edmonton was divided in six wards with two councillors representing citizens in each ward. On July 22,2009, City Council voted to change the system of six wards to a system of 12 wards, each represented by a single councillor. City Councils current membership was elected in 2013 and will serve until the 2017 election, amarjeet Sohi was ward 12 councillor until November 2015, when he was elected Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Mohinder Banga succeeded him for ward 12, in 1980, Edmonton adopted a ward system in which two councillors would be elected from each of six wards. In 1971, Edmonton adopted a system in which three aldermen would be elected from each of four wards. In 1968 Albertas legislation changed to require elections every three years in all of the provinces municipalities, in 1964 Edmonton unstaggered its terms for city officials, meaning that elections were held only every two years.
Additionally, all became elected at-large and two new aldermanic positions were added, bringing the total to twelve. In preparation for this, in 1963 the mayor and all positions up for re-election were elected to one-year terms. In 1947, the mayor began to be elected for a two-year term, the aldermanic positions remained split by the North Saskatchewan River, and in 1961 the number of aldermen on the south side increased from three to four. The council continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, in 1933, a number of aldermanic positions were reserved for the south side of the North Saskatchewan River. It was one until 1935, two until 1936, and three thereafter, aldermen continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, but the mayor was elected for a one-year term. In 1924, city council returned to a system whereby all aldermen were elected at-large and they continued to be elected on staggered two-year terms, and there continued to be ten of them. The mayor continued to be elected annually, and aldermen continued to be elected to staggered two-year terms, Edmonton was incorporated as a city in 1904.
The size of council was set at eight alderman plus the mayor, with the mayor being elected annually and the aldermen being elected on staggered two-year terms. The Edmonton Town Council was the body of Edmonton, Northwest Territories, from 1892 until 1904, when Edmonton was incorporated as a city. Throughout its history it included a mayor and six aldermen, the mayor was elected annually throughout the towns history, but beginning in 1898 they were elected to staggered two-year terms, with half of them elected each year. The mayor and aldermen were elected annually from 1892 to 1898, City of Edmonton official site Listing of city ward election maps, and bylaw 15142
Ivor Graham Dent, CM was a politician from Alberta, Canada, a mayor of Edmonton, and a former candidate for the Canadian House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Ivor Dent was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on February 7,1924, during World War II, he attempted to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but was rejected. He subsequently took work as a boy for Canadian Pacific until he was accepted to the air force a year later. After the war, he married his wife, Aileen, in 1948 while he was studying science at the University of Saskatchewan, Ivor Dent graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in science in 1949. Three years later, he and his moved to Edmonton and Dent enrolled at the University of Alberta. After earning his degree, he moved to Enchant, Alberta. He earned his university degree, a Master of Administration, from the University of Alberta in 1956. Dents first bid for office took place during the 1955 Alberta election and he placed twenty-fifth of thirty candidates in the first ballot and was eliminated from contention on subsequent ballots.
Dent turned his attention to politics, In the 1957 municipal election. He finished seventh out of nineteen, falling short of the top five placing needed to be elected, upon his return to Edmonton, he took up a position as a school vice principal. He ran for the leadership of the newly formed Alberta New Democratic Party in January 1962, losing to Neil Reimer, Dent ran in the 1963 federal election in Edmonton East for the New Democratic Party. He finished fourth of five candidates, defeating only Communist W A Tuomi as incumbent Progressive Conservative William Skoreyko was handily re-elected, Dent was finally elected to office in the 1963 municipal election, when he was one of six candidates elected to a one-year aldermanic term. After five years as an alderman, Dent ran for mayor in the 1968 election, in which he defeated his fellow aldermen Reginald Easton and John Leslie Bodie in a close three-way race. He was re-elected in 1971, when he survived a challenge from alderman Julian Kinisky, a damaging transit strike cost Dent support from all sides.
In the 1974 election, Dent faced credible challenges from former mayor William Hawrelak and he wound up losing to both of them, as Hawrelak was elected and Dent relegated to third place in a seven candidate field. Although he was long out of office by the time they occurred. After his defeat, Dent went to Oxford University to study public administration, upon his return to Canada, he became the principal of Rundle Elementary School, where he stayed until his retirement in 1980. In 1995 he joined the Board of Directors of SOS Childrens Villages Canada until 2001 and he attempted to reclaim his old office in the 1977 election, but finished in fourth place after the victor Purves, alderman Laurence Decore, and Terry Cavanagh