Kevin Taft (born September 9, 1955 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a liberal politician in Alberta, Canada. He is leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Taft was raised in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2001, Taft entered politics and was elected to the legislature as an Alberta Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the riding of Edmonton Riverview, defeating Progressive Conservative star candidate and former city councillor Wendy Kinsella. Three years later in the spring of 2004, Ken Nicol resigned as leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, and Taft was elected to replace him. Taft was generally given credit for being more tenacious than the soft-spoken Nicol in his performance in the legislature during the lead-up to the 2004 election, especially on issues such as public auto insurance, public accounts, and government contracts. Despite leading a party saddled with a $900,000 debt, he helped his party more than double its seats in the election from 7 before the election call to 16, regaining seats in Edmonton, and making a breakthrough in the traditionally conservative city of Calgary. Taft also saw his support in Riverview solidify; he received more votes than any other candidate, of any party, in the 2004 election. In the 2008 election, the Liberal Party won only nine seats.
When asked later, Taft said; “There were thousands of them.... It felt like Woodstock, as if someone had taken the chains off these students.... There was a sense of revolution.”
The response came weeks later in early June, when the military was called in and, in a night of bloodshed and chaos, killed — depending on reports — hundreds to thousands of protesters. Taft said, "It was like springtime and then the depths of winter.".
He later worked as a consultant and policy analyst in the public and private sectors.
|- |Liberal |Kevin Taft |align="right"|7,420 |align="right"|49.7 |align="right"| |- |Progressive Conservative |Wendy Kinsella |align="right"|5,883 |align="right"|39.4 |align="right"| |- |New Democrat |Doug McLachlan |align="right"|1,469 |align="right"|9.8 |align="right"| |- |Green |Jerry Paschen |align="right"|165 |align="right"|1.1 |align="right"| |}
|- |Liberal |Kevin Taft |align="right"|10,280 |align="right"|65.5 |align="right"|15.8 |- |Progressive Conservative |Fred Horne |align="right"|3,575 |align="right"|22.8 |align="right"|-16.6 |- |New Democrat |Donna Martyn |align="right"|1,058 |align="right"|6.7 |align="right"|-3.1 |- |Green |John Lackey |align="right"|357 |align="right"|2.3 |align="right"|1.2 |- |Alberta Alliance |David Edgar |align="right"|313 |align="right"|2.0 |align="right"| |- |Social Credit |David Power |align="right"|116 |align="right"|0.7 |align="right"| |}
|2008 Election Results|
|Affiliation||Candidate||Votes||%||Liberal||Kevin Taft||7,466||50.60%||Progressive Conservative||Wendy Andrews||5,170||35.04%||NDP||Erica Bullwinkle||1,283||8.70%||Green||Cameron Wakefield||506||3.43%||Wildrose Alliance||Kyle Van Hauwaert||330||2.24%|
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