|Minister of Transportation of Alberta|
|Assumed office |
April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Brian Mason|
May 8, 2012 – December 6, 2013
|Preceded by||Ray Danyluk|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Drysdale|
|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta |
May 11, 2015 – March 18, 2017
|Preceded by||Jim Prentice|
|Succeeded by||Jason Kenney|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Hays|
|Assumed office |
April 23, 2012
|Preceded by||Art Johnston|
|City of Calgary Alderman Ward 12|
|Preceded by||Sue Higgins|
|Succeeded by||Shane Keating|
Richard William McIver
August 28, 1958
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||United Conservative|
|Residence||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
Richard William "Ric" McIver (born August 28, 1958) is a Canadian politician and businessman from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who has served on Calgary City Council (2001–10) and has been an MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta since 2012. He served in several cabinet positions under Premiers Alison Redford, Dave Hancock and Jim Prentice. Following the party's defeat in the 2015 provincial election McIver was chosen interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
McIver first ran for the position of Ward 12 Alderman in 1998 against long time incumbent Sue Higgins. McIver came second but lost by a huge margin with Higgins receiving 15,000 votes and McIver with just under 3000 votes. During that term McIver ran in a by-election for Ward 14 again placing second of twelve candidates losing to Diane Colley-Urquhart by 288 votes. After Sue Higgins announced she would not run again in Ward 12, McIver ran there again, this time successfully in 2001. He began his first term as Ward 12 Alderman in October 2001. He was acclaimed to a second term in 2004. In the 2007 election, he again faced opposition at the ballot box but was re-elected with a 91% majority.
McIver held his post on Calgary City Council from his election in October 2001 until his run for mayor in October 2010. On April 21, 2010, he announced his intentions to run for mayor in the October 2010 municipal election.
He came in second in the mayoral election, garnering over 112,000 votes.
During his time on city council, McIver served on the following civic boards and committees:
In December 2011, McIver ran at the provincial level challenging MLA Art Johnston for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta nomination in the Calgary-Hays constituency. McIver defeated the incumbent by a margin of 285 votes, taking the election 406–121. On April 23, 2012, in the provincial election, McIver was elected into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, receiving 8,614 votes out of 15,642 (55.07%) to become just the second representative for the Calgary-Hays district since its creation. McIver was sworn in on May 8, 2012.
In addition to his duties as MLA, McIver subsequently held the following roles in government:
In March 2014, McIver participated in the March for Jesus. It was discovered that the organizer of the event had homophobic beliefs. McIver apologized for not researching the group more closely in a released statement. McIver would later passionately address the issue of acceptance at a United Conservative Party convention.
In 2017, the United Conservative Party was formed under Jason Kenney in a historic merger of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Wildrose Party, with 95% approval. McIver joined the United Conservative Party in 2017.
McIver resigned from cabinet in May 2014 in order to stand in the Progressive Conservative leadership election, following the resignation of Premier Alison Redford. During the leadership campaign, he attended the March for Jesus. He later made it clear he did not share in the group's anti-gay beliefs after media attention to the event. McIver placed second with 11.7% of the vote, losing to Jim Prentice. On September 15, 2014, McIver was appointed Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour in Prentice's cabinet.
On May 11, 2015, following the party's defeat in the 2015 provincial election the previous week and the resulting resignation of party leader Jim Prentice, McIver was chosen by caucus to be interim leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. At the time, he did not rule out running for permanent leader at the leadership election to be held in 2017.
On April 18, 2016, McIver was thrown out of the Alberta legislature by Speaker Bob Wanner for repeatedly refusing to sit down despite the Speaker's requests after learning that sheets explaining the Speaker's ruling for an NDP amendment on a motion tabled by McIver had been distributed before the amendment was even debated on the floor.
McIver announced on November 8, 2016, that he would not be running for the permanent leadership and will remain interim leader until the March convention.
At the party's founding convention in May 2018, McIver passionately argued against a proposed policy that would allow schools to inform parents if their child joins a gay-straight alliance. Addressing party delegates, he stated that “You may disagree with some people in the room with people being gay, but they are gay. They need to be safe. We cannot out kids that are in a club (designed) to protect themselves.” McIver further argued "Don't be called the Lake of Fire Party. I am begging you." Despite these pleas, the policy passed with 57% support.
|2012 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays|
|Progressive Conservative||Ric McIver||8,621||55.09||+0.86|
|New Democratic||Regina Vergara||461||2.95||+0.10|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-12.37|
|2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Hays|
|Progressive Conservative||Ric McIver||6,671||38.26||-16.83|
|New Democratic||Carla Drader||5,138||29.47||+26.52|
|Social Credit||Zachary Doyle||93||0.53|
|Total valid votes||17,436|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||63|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-21.68|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
|Alberta Provincial Government of Jason Kenney|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Brian Mason||Minister of Transportation
April 30, 2019–
|Alberta Provincial Government of Jim Prentice|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Thomas Lukaszuk||Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
September 15, 2014–May 23, 2015
|Alberta Provincial Government of Dave Hancock|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|con'd from Redford ministry||Minister of Infrastructure
March 23, 2014–May 6, 2014
|Alberta Provincial Government of Alison Redford|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Wayne Drysdale||Minister of Infrastructure
December 6, 2013–March 23, 2014
|con'd into Hancock ministry|
|Ray Danyluk||Minister of Transportation
May 8, 2012–December 6, 2013