Lucien Kurata attended St. Patrickís College at Carleton University from 1969 to 1972 and served as a member of the University Government, and University Senate. He achieved his B.A. in political science and economics.
While attending the Faculty of Law, Ottawa University from 1972 to 1975, he was privileged to work within the Government of Canada and was assigned to a legislative section that dealt with the drafting of regulations for the Territorial Governments.
In 1978 Luke was recruited as a Crown Prosecutor in Alberta and chose to relocate to Peace River. Two years later, he started a small farming operation.
As a Crown Prosecutor in Northern Alberta he gained respect, trust and friendship in many communities and was vocal in Aboriginal justice issues. His submissions to Justice Cawsey at the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in 1990 led to his placement on the Recommendation Implementation Committee in 1991. He has been active with victimís rights issues and has been a strong supporter of inclusive justice.
In 2000, he co-founded Kuma Machine & Manufacturing Ltd. with Roy Manicke. Located in Central Alberta, Kuma manufactures specialty tools and prepares metallurgical coupons for materials testing.
Luke was motivated to enter politics because of his concern for Canadian agriculture, especially with the BSE issue. He is also impressed by the efforts Prime Minister Paul Martin is making for Western inclusion in government.
Mr. Kurata is married to Sylvia and has two children, Harley and Vincent.