Ron Stevens

17 Sep 1949
13 May 2014
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Ronald Gordon “Ron” Stevens, Q.C. (September 17, 1949 – May 13, 2014) was a Canadian politician. He was a member of the current Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Glenmore as a Progressive Conservative until his resignation on May 15, 2009. He was subsequently appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on May 20, 2009 by the government of Canada.

Stevens first sought public office in the 1997 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Glenmore. In that election, he received 58% of the vote. In the 2001 provincial election that followed, Stevens was reelected with 68% of the popular vote. That same year, he was appointed by Premier Ralph Klein as Minister of Gaming and was responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and the Alberta Lottery Fund. Following the 2004 provincial election, where he received 50% of the vote, Stevens was sworn in as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. On June 27, 2007, he was named Alberta’s Deputy Premier by newly elected Premier Ed Stelmach. In the 2008 provincial election, Stevens was elected for a fourth time receiving 51% of the vote. On March 12, 2008, he was sworn in as Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.

In October 2007, CBC News Calgary reported that Ron Stevens had used his government credit card to pay for drinks and meals for his wife and four other people while on a stopover in Hawaii in 2003.

At the time, Stevens was serving as Alberta’s Gaming Minister. His three-day Hawaiian stopover occurred as he was returning from Australia where he had been studying that country’s gaming system.

“I don’t recall whether it was a three-day stop or not,” Stevens told CBC when questioned about the trip. “But I do recall that we did it in that fashion because it was less expensive than flying business class. In other words, it was the most economic way of doing it.

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