Tom Chambers (politician)

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Tom Chambers
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Calder
In office
August 30, 1971 May 8, 1986
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded by Christie Mjolsness
Minister of Housing and Public Works
In office
April 24, 1978 November 1982
Preceded by William Yurko
Succeeded by Larry Shaben
Minister of Public Works, Supply, and Services
In office
November 1982 May 1986
Succeeded by Ernie Isley
Personal details
Born(1928-07-07)July 7, 1928
Port Arthur, Ontario [1]
DiedJune 23, 2018(2018-06-23) (aged 89)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative

Thomas William Chambers (July 7, 1928 – June 23, 2018) was a provincial level politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1986. During his time in office he served as a member of the Executive Council of Alberta serving various portfolios from 1978 to 1986.

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Political career

Chambers ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature for the first time in the 1971 Alberta general election. He won the new electoral district of Edmonton-Calder defeating incumbent Social Credit MLA Edgar Gerhart to pick up the electoral district for the Progressive Conservative party. The win would help the Progressive Conservatives form government in that election. [2]

Chambers ran for a second term in office in the 1975 Alberta general election. Despite Chambers losing a small portion of his popular vote, the opposition candidates running against him would see a significant vote drop, he was returned to office easily. [3] Premier Peter Lougheed would appoint Chambers to his first ministerial portfolio on April 24, 1978. He served the remainder of his second term as Minister of Housing and Public Works. Chambers ran for re-election to a third term in the 1979 general election. [4] Despite holding a ministerial portfolio his popular vote dropped for the second straight election. After the election he kept his portfolio for a second term.

The 1982 Alberta general election would see Chambers win a significant increase in his popular vote, he would easily score the best popular vote of his political career. The opposition vote coalesced around New Democratic candidate Christie Mjolsness, forcing a hotly contested three-way race. [5] After the election the Housing portion of his portfolio was split off and Chambers became Minister of Public Works, Supply, and Services. He would continue hold that portfolio after Don Getty became Premier in 1985. Chambers retired from provincial politics at dissolution of the Assembly in 1986. He died on June 23, 2018, just short of his 90th birthday. [6]

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References

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  2. "Edmonton-Calder results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  3. "Edmonton-Calder results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  4. "Edmonton-Calder results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  5. "Edmonton-Calder results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  6. "Remembering the life of Thomas CHAMBERS".