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Redford Elected Premier

Congratulations to Alison Redford (LLB ’88), leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, who became Alberta’s first elected female premier following the April 23 Alberta provincial election.

Redford was born in Kitimat, B.C., and grew up all over Canada and overseas before settling in Calgary as a teenager.  She graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary and completed her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.  She and her husband, Glen Jermyn, have one daughter, Sarah.  Alison has been actively involved in both provincial and national politics since the 1980’s, serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada from 1988 to 1990.  In Parliament, she was also the Principal Legislative Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

She was elected MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Elbow on March 3, 2008 and named Minister of Justice and Attorney General on March 12, 2008.  In this role, she led the Safe Communities Secretariat.  In January 2010, she was also named political minister for Calgary.