264 Red Deer
This central Alberta riding consists of the county of Red Deer. More
than half of the population lives in the city of Red Deer. Sylvan Lake and
Innisfail are the other population centres. Seven per cent of the residents
The agriculture sector includes ranching and the farming of mixed grains.
The petrochemical industry and the service sector are also major employers.
The average family income was $67,345 in 2001, and unemployment was five
The riding was established in 1907. In 2004, about one-fifth of its population
was redistributed elsewhere. Added were 2,543 residents from Wild Rose
and 2,835 from Crowfoot.
In the past four elections, Bob Mills, running under the Reform, Canadian
Alliance and Conservative banners, has racked up some of the biggest wins
in federal politics. In 2004 he won nearly three-quarters of the total
votes cast, trouncing Liberal Luke Kurata by 28,216 ballots.
This riding was largely dominated by the Social Credit party between
1935 and 1968. In the latter years of that reign, the Red Deer MP was
the Social Credit leader, Robert Thompson. Thompson quit the party after
the Quebec wing took it over. He was re-elected in 1968 as a Tory, beginning
25 years of PC control here. Thompson was succeeded by Gordon Towers,
who won five elections from 1972 to 1984.
1908, 1911 - LIB
1917 - CONS
1921, 1925 - PROG
1926, 1930 - UFA
1935 - SC
1940 - NEW DEMOCRACY
1945-57 inclusive - SC
1958 - PC
1962, 1963, 1965 - SC
1968-88 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 28, 1941
Birthplace: Young, Sask.
Education: Holds a B.Sc. in biology and history from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as an education diploma
Profession: business person
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nicole
Children: Three - Ken, Kari Anne, and Melinda
Career Background: Is currently a farmer and owner/manager of Mills Travel Ltd. in Red Deer. He was a biology teacher from 1965 - 1979 at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive high school. In the community, he is a member of the Red Deer Rotary Club, and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the Red Deer Adult Day Care Board, the Red Deer Park Board, the biology board for the Department of Education for Alberta, and the Society Environmental, Education, Development Society (SEEDS).
Party: Was chair of the byelection committee (1995-1999); was involved with the Election Readiness Federal Campaign (1992-1999); and was chair of corporate fundraising.
Provincial: Was defeated as a Social Credit candidate in Red Deer in 1979; was defeated as an independent candidate in Red Deer in 1981.
Federal: Elected in Red Deer in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004.
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former vice-chair: Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Former member: Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Health; Environment and Sustainable Development. Former vice-chair: Environment and Sustainable Development. Member of Environment and Sustainable Devlopment.
Caucus: Former Reform/Canadian Alliance critic for: Environment; Health; Foreign Affairs. Became the Conservative party's Environment critic in January 2004.
4921 - 47th Street
Red Deer, Alta.
Room 534-N Centre Block
House of Commons
Party: The Green Party of Canada
Education: Is a full time student studying Financial Services at Red Deer College.
Community Activities: Has been involved in many volunteer and non-profit organizatins, including Sylvan Youth Against Crime, Sylvan Lake Youth Services, and the Community Works Program.
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: Holds a BA in political science and economics from Carleton University and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sylvia
Children: Two - Harley and Vincent
Career Background: While attending law school, he worked for the federal government and was assigned to a legislative section that dealt with the drafting of regulations for the territorial governments. In 1978, he became a Crown prosecutor in Alberta and chose to relocate to Peace River. Two years later, he started a small farming operation. In 2000, he co-founded Kuma Machine & Manufacturing Ltd., which manufactures specialty tools and prepares metallurgical coupons for materials testing. He has been active with victims rights issues and has been a strong supporter of inclusive justice.
Federal: Defeated in Red Deer in 2004
Party: New Democratic Party
Career Background: Health care provider for 10 years in Red Deer and area. Former child-care provider and day home operator.
Community Activities: Long-time volunteer with the Red Cross. Former chair of the Youth Committee for the Red Cross. Former mobile blood donor clinic co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services. Served as an executive member of the Red Deer College Political Science Society and student representative on the Red Deer College Academic Council.