A former Red Deer politician who left his mark on provincial and federal politics was guest speaker at Central Alberta Mayors Christian Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday morning.
Presented by Success Builders, the 14th annual prayer breakfast drew a big crowd at Westerner Park’s Parkland Pavilion to hear from Stockwell Day.
Day is well known in Red Deer, where he was Red Deer North MLA from 1986 to 2000. He held cabinet posts in labour and social services and was treasurer in the government of Premier Ralph Klein.
In 2000, he became leader of the newly formed Canadian Alliance party, defeating former Reform Party leader Preston Manning. He took a seat in the Okanagan-Coquihalla riding in B.C. In 2001, he was replaced as Canadian Alliance leader by Stephen Harper.
In the following decade, he was re-elected to Parliament three times and was minister of public safety, international trade and president of the Treasury Board in the Harper government before retiring from politics in 2011.
The prayer breakfast is an opportunity to support and honour Central Alberta’s mayors.