High River, AB – Foothills MP John Barlow was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Ken Hurlburt of Fort Macleod. An innovator in the business community, Mr. Hurlburt was the first person to sell land by auction 50 years ago, introduced video cattle sales with his son and business partner, Brant, and sold in prestigious auctions from Toronto to Vancouver. He also served as Mayor of Fort Macleod, then as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Lethbridge-Foothills from 1972-79. During his time as MP, Mr. Hurlburt advocated strongly for agriculture and succeeded in securing more humane treatment for horses destined for slaughter in Europe. Most importantly, he was a dedicated family man who will be terribly missed.
As a visionary pioneer of Western Canada’s cattle and land auction system, a former Member of Parliament and a dedicated family man, Mr. Hurlburt contributed greatly to shaping Southern Alberta.
“Southern Alberta suffered the loss of a great community leader this week with the passing of Mr. Ken Hurlburt. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his community, friends and family.” – MP. John Barlow