Former Fort McMurray-Athabasca Member of Parliament Brian Jean announces that his is seeking the leadership of the Wildrose Party.
Jean, a lawyer and Fort McMurray businessman, launched his campaign with a speech highlighting his personal experiences with Alberta’s broken health system and the PC government’s fiscal irresponsibility.
“I think Alberta deserves a well-run efficient government that applies good Albertan common sense and the Alberta work ethic to the important activities of government,” said Jean. “I think small government, low taxes, and common-sense efficiencies are how you actually serve people. Those are Wildrose principles, they have always been my principles.”
Jean was introduced and endorsed by Derek Fildebrandt, a former Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation Alberta spokesman and the Wildrose candidate for Strathmore-Brooks. “Brian is the leader who can take Wildrose forward and give Albertans the honest and accountable government they deserve,” said Fildebrandt. “Brian has real world business and community experience. He has significant government experience, and he has the work ethic and the judgement to lead Alberta.”
Jean committed to “reaching out to Wildrose members and to all Albertans to build a strong team that can win the Wildrose leadership and impress Alberta in the next election.” He emphasized that the current government no longer gets the big things right and that “Alberta needs Wildrose to make this government honest and accountable.”
More about Mr. Jean
The youngest of eleven children, Brian moved to Fort McMurray with his family at the age of four. He attended Prairie High School in Three Hills Alberta. Brian has a BSc from Warner Pacific University in Oregon and an MBA and an LLB with honours from Bond University in Australia. At Bond, he was President of their inaugural Student Council and editor of the university newspaper.
Brian returned to Canada in 1991, attended the University of Calgary to get his Canadian law equivalency and he then joined the largest law firm in Northern Alberta becoming a partner within three years. He practiced there for eleven years, primarily as a litigator. While practising law, Brian also taught university courses at Keyano College. In Fort McMurray, Brian served as President of the Downtown Business Association, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Honorary Chair of the Children’s Health Foundation.
In 2004, Brian was elected as MP for Fort McMurray–Athabasca (60%). He won reelection in ‘06 (64%), ’08 (67%), and ‘11 (72%). In early 2006 Prime Minister Harper appointed him Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure & Communities – a post he held for five and a half years. As Parliamentary Secretary, Brian worked with Ministers Cannon, Baird, Merrifield, and Strahl. In 2009, he was tasked by Minister Baird to make the funding recommendations for the $1billion Green Infrastructure Fund.
Brian is currently CEO of his own company dealing primarily in commercial real estate and property development. He also serves on the board of the Health Partners International charity.
Brian is an avid outdoorsman and a registered trapper since 1977. He has three adult sons and two young grandsons, all living in Edmonton.