Tracy Allard
Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs
In office
August 25, 2020 – January 4, 2021
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byKaycee Madu
Succeeded byRic McIver
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Grande Prairie
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded byRiding Re-Established
Personal details
Born1970/1971 (age 50–51)[1]
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
Residence(s)Grande Prairie, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia (BComm)

Tracy Allard MLA (born 1971) is a Canadian politician who has represented Grande Prairie in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta since 2019. A member of the United Conservative Party (UCP), she served as minister of municipal affairs from August 2020 to January 2021.

Early life

Tracy Allard attended the University of British Columbia completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a certificate in disability management. She and her husband Serge own and operate two Tim Hortons franchises, located in Grande Prairie, Alberta.[2]

Political career

Allard was selected as the United Conservative candidate in Grande Prairie. She won the seat 2019 Alberta general election,[3] with the UCP also forming government.

In November 2019, Allard was appointed as chairwoman of the Northern Alberta Development Council.[4]

In March 2020, Allard was one of seven people named to a panel of Joint Working Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls which will work on recommendations for Alberta's action plan regarding the issue.[5]

Allard was appointed as Minister of Municipal Affairs on August 25, 2020, and the former Minister Kaycee Madu was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.[6]

On October 21, 2020, Allard tested positive for COVID-19.[7]

COVID-19 Controversy

Travel Scandal

In December 2020, Allard took a family vacation to Hawaii despite federal and provincial government advice to avoid non-essential travel and the border between Canada and the United States being closed.[8] Premier Jason Kenney originally defended Allard stating that such travel was important to protect the travel industry, including Calgary-based Westjet.[9] On January 4, 2021, Allard resigned as Minister of Municipal Affairs over the matter.[10]

Vaccination Campaign

In September 2021, Allard sent a newsletter to her constituents that encouraged the government to support "natural immunity" which was criticized by the opposition Alberta New Democratic Party.[11]

Electoral history

2019 Alberta general election: Grande Prairie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Tracy Allard 12,713 63.02% 8.21%
New Democratic Todd Russell 4,361 21.62% -12.62%
Alberta Party Grant Berg 2,516 12.47% 4.14%
Freedom Conservative Bernard Hancock 392 1.94%
Alberta Independence Ray Robertson 126 0.62%
Independent Rony Rajput 66 0.33%
Total 20,174
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 217
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,775 64.17%
United Conservative notional hold Swing +10.03%
Source(s)
Source: "63 - Grande Prairie, 2019 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

References

  1. ^ Nicole Bergot Updated: April 15, 2019. "Riding profile: Grande Prairie". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  2. ^ "About Tracy". ucpcaucus.ca. United Conservative Party. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Tracy Allard projected to win Grande Prairie riding". My Grande Prairie Now. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  4. ^ Keller, Emily. "Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard appointed chair of the Northern Alberta Development Council". EverythingGP | Grande Prairie, Peace Region | News, Sports, Weather, Obituaries, Real Estate. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ Galbraith, Curtis. "Allard named to provincial MMIWG panel". EverythingGP | Grande Prairie, Peace Region | News, Sports, Weather, Obituaries, Real Estate. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ Penner, Shaun. "Tracy Allard appointed Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs". EverythingGP | Grande Prairie, Peace Region | News, Sports, Weather, Obituaries, Real Estate. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ Johnson, Lisa (October 22, 2020). "Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard test positive for COVID-19; Premier Jason Kenney and others self-isolating". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  8. ^ Johnston, Janice; von Scheel, Elise (December 31, 2020). "Alberta municipal affairs minister took Hawaii vacation, sources say". CBC News. Retrieved December 31, 2020.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Allard resigns as Alberta municipal affairs minister, Kenney's chief of staff steps down amid controversy over international travel". edmontonjournal. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  10. ^ Bellefontaine, Michelle (January 4, 2021). "Alberta cabinet minister, premier's chief of staff resign over holiday travel, other MLAs demoted". CBC News. Retrieved January 4, 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Penner, Shaun. "NDP calls for Allard's resignation, citing 'undermining' of vaccination campaign". EverythingGP. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
Alberta provincial government of Jason Kenney Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor Kaycee Madu Minister of Municipal AffairsAugust 25, 2020–January 4, 2021 Ric McIver