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Mike Lake (politician)

The Honourable
Mike Lake
PC, MP
Lake in 2015
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Wetaskiwin
Assumed office
2015
Preceded by riding established
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont
In office
2006–2015
Preceded by David Kilgour
Succeeded by riding abolished
Personal details
Born Michael Stanley Lake
(1969-06-04) June 4, 1969
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Debi Lake
Residence Edmonton
Profession businessman, sports executive

Michael Stanley "Mike" Lake, PC MP [1] (born June 4, 1969) is a business person and politician in Alberta, Canada. In 2008, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of Industry by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Contents

  • Early and personal life 1
  • Federal politics 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early and personal life

Lake was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He grew up in Devon, Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. After graduating from university, he began a career with the Edmonton Oilers ice hockey team as a sales manager and director of ticket sales as their national accounts manager.

He is married and has two children, his son has autism and thus is a member of the Edmonton Autism Society. He is involved in the Alberta Foster Care Program.

Lake has regularly held breakfasts to raise funds for autism research.[2]

Federal politics

Mike Lake won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the riding of Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont defeating 7 time candidate Tim Uppal. The nomination proved to be significant since popular long time Liberal incumbent David Kilgour had chosen to retire, creating a power vacuum in the riding.

In his first term as a representative in the Canadian House of Commons, Lake was presented with a very unusual petition signed by almost 500 individuals calling for Bigfoot to be protected under the Species at Risk Act. Lake filed the petition with the Clerk of the House of Commons on March 28, 2007.[3] When interviewed, Lake said that he did not believe in Bigfoot, but filed the petition as a service to constituents without making any judgment call.[4]

Lake went on to win the vacant riding in a landslide victory in the 2006 federal election. Pundits had predicted the race would be closer as the Liberal Party of Canada had held the district and its predecessor ridings since 1991.

The 2015 federal election saw Lake's previous district eliminated in the 2012 federal electoral redistribution. Lake ran for election as a Member of Parliament in the Edmonton—Wetaskiwin electoral district, winning with 65.7% of the votes.[5]

After the resignation of Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservatives, now the Official Opposition, Lake announced that he would run for the interim leadership.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&featureId=6&pageId=26&id=5027
  2. ^ Lazzarino, Dave. "The Edmonton Sun -". The Edmonton Sun. The Edmonton Sun. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ House of Commons of Canada (2007-03-28). "Journals". Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  4. ^ Cryptomundo.com » Petition Says Protect Bigfoot
  5. ^ "Conservatives elected in five of eight Edmonton ridings". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rona Ambrose, Mike Lake to run for Conservative interim leadership".  

External links

  • MP website
  • Mike Lake (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
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