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Doug Griffiths

Doug Griffiths is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life

Griffiths attended the University of Alberta, where he earned an honours degree in philosophy and an education degree. After university, he taught for three years at Byemoor School, in the County of Stettler. He was nominated for a teaching award each year, including two nominations for the PanCanadian Students' Choice Award.

Political career

Griffiths received 79 per cent of the vote in Battle River-Wainwright during the 2008 Alberta general election, sending him to the Legislature for his third term. Currently, he is the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, George Groeneveld. He is also deputy chair of the Public Accounts Committee and sits on the Standing Committee on Resources and Environment.

Griffiths was first elected in a by-election for the Wainwright constituency on April 8, 2002, after former incumbent Robert Fischer resigned amidst a conflict-of-interest investigation by the Ethics Commissioner. Then 29, Griffiths was the youngest MLA in office at the time.

The Wainwright boundaries changed for the 2004 provincial election, creating the current Battle River-Wainwright constituency, which Griffiths won with support from 65 per cent of the the voters.

During his tenure as MLA, Griffiths has been involved in numerous committees and has chaired the Standing Committee on Energy and Sustainable Development, Rural Development Strategies Task Force, MLA Steering Committee for Rural Development, and was vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Personal life

Griffiths lives in Hardisty with his wife, Sue, and their two boys, Austin and Brady.

Election results

2008 Alberta general election results (Battle River-Wainwright ) Turnout 49.1%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %

Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 7,974 79% Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,258 12% Green William Munsey 482 5% NDP Doris Bannister 431 4%
2004 Alberta general election results (Battle River-Wainwright ) Turnout 48.5%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 6,406 65.0% Liberal Gordon Rogers 1,069 10.8% Alberta Alliance Orest Werezak 1,442 14.6% NDP Len Legault 616 6.3% Social Credit Robin Skitteral 320 3.2%
2002 Alberta by-election results (Wainwright ) Turnout 33.6%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 2,924 44.6% Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,114 17.0% NDP Lilas Lysne 227 3.5% Alberta First Jerry D. Barber 1,695 25.9% Green Colleen Biggs 73 1.1% Social Credit Robin Skitteral 519 7.9%

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