Lee Richardson has extensive experience in political service, including a term as Member of Parliament for Calgary South East from 1988 to 1993.
Mr. Richardason believes that a vibrant democracy requires a credible alternative, and the new Conservative Party of Canada will be that alternative. The stale, corrupt Liberal government has kept office by default.
He has been involved in the fight to unite conservatives since it began. Lee attended the United Alternative meetings in Ottawa, contributing his time and advice to the steering committee. He became the PC co-chair of the joint Policy Committee and he was a founding member of the Canadian Alliance.
In addition to serving as a MP representing Calgary South East, Mr. Richardson was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications, and later Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport. He was instrumental in having the National Energy Board relocated to Calgary, putting the Calgary International Airport under local authority and having it run by Calgarians rather than Ottawa bureaucrats.
Mr. Richardson advocated a free trade pact with the U.S. long before it became popular to do so.
Prior to entering the House of Commons, Richardson was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Western Affairs. From 1979 until 1983 Mr. Richardson was Chief of Staff to Premier Peter Lougheed.
He joined the Government of Alberta in 1974 in the Department of Industry and Commerce and later was Secretary to the Cabinet, Energy and Economic Development Committees.
Mr. Richardson served on the Board of Directors of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, is a past committee chairman of the Calgary Stampede, and served on the board of Southminster United Church. He received the Queen Elizabeth Medal in 1977, and the Canada Medal in 1992 – “in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” He was Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Calgary Institute for the Humanities of the University of Calgary, and for ten years on the Faculty of the Banff Centre for Management.
Mr. Richardson is the president of Lee Richardson Financial Corporation, involved in corporate finance and investment banking. He is a director and past Chairman of ACD Systems International Inc., the developer of ACDSee, the world’s most popular image viewing and management software. He is currently Chairman of STI Streetlight Intelligence, a publicly traded technology company.
Mr. Richardson, a lifelong Calgarian, is a widower with three children: Mike, Jill and Jane.