Politics

David Yager has had a life-long interest in public affairs. In his youth he was intrigued by the concept of Canadian governments directing the economy through enlightened public policy. But the turning point in his political philosophy came in the early 1980s with the Liberal Government’s National Energy Program.

Already owning a business of his own, he witnessed the economic devastation caused by ostensibly well-intentioned but ultimately ill-conceived public policy. Since that time he has become a strong believer in a limited role for government in directing the economy and has only supported political parties with the same philosophy.

He had another turning point with the Government of Alberta and the New Royalty Framework in the fall of 2007. It was clear to him through this policy and the enormous growth in the cost and size of the Alberta government that the Progressive Conservative Party had a wrong and unsustainable view of the role and purpose of the provincial government in his home province. As an alternative he became actively involved in the Wildrose Party and dedicated 8.5 years to turning Wildrose from an idea into a serious political force in the province.

But less government does not mean no government. David Yager believes in the important role governments can and must play in providing strong and effective public services (public health care, public education, police and fires services being the most important), quality infrastructure (roads, highways, libraries, community and sports facilities), and an appropriate safety net for those who slip through the cracks and need the assistance of their fellow citizens (social services, financial support and job retraining to name but three).

As he said many times at the door while campaigning for public office during the 2012 Alberta provincial election,

“The measure of the progress of civilization is how we take care of those who cannot take care of themselves”

While a fiscal conservative, David Yager is not a social conservative, supporting free choice for all individuals in all their decisions to the greater degree possible.

“Alberta was settled by people who came from all over the world seeking political, economic and religious freedom. All three are being threatened by the relentless growth of government and its intrusion in our day-to-day affairs. Economic opportunities for future generations will be further impaired if we permit Alberta to go down the path of massive deficits as has been the case in so many other jurisdictions around the world”

  • Student council high school

  • Early member of the Reform Party, 1990

  • Member of Reform Party board of directors in his home riding, 1990 – 1992

  • Considered seeking Reform Party nomination, 1991

  • Attendee of the Reform Party Convention in Saskatoon, 1991

  • Began supporting the Alliance Party of Alberta, fall of 2007

  • Joined Wildrose Alliance Party February 2008

  • Fundraiser for Wildrose Alliance in March 2008 Alberta election

  • Fundraiser and organizer for Wildrose in 2008 and 2009

  • Encouraged Danielle Smith to seek Wildrose leadership in 2009

  • Top fundraiser for Smith’s leadership bid, 2009

  • Appointed co-chair of Wildrose Energy Policy Task Force November 2009

  • Won nomination as Calgary-Hawkwood Wildrose candidate November 2010

  • Wildrose candidate in 2012 Alberta provincial election

  • Wildrose Party President November 2012 to December 2014

  • Wildrose Party Vice-President Fundraising December 2014 to January 2016

  • Fundraiser for Wildrose Party in the May 2015 election

  • Senior energy policy advisor to Wildrose and Leader Brian Jean until January 2016

  • Current President Alberta Economic Research Ltd., Chairman Alberta Fund
  • The main focus in the next three years will be to ensure there is one centre-right Alberta political party on the ballot next election that has the highest probability of forming a majority government. That party must have broad appeal in both rural and urban Alberta; fiscally conservative but socially responsible. A key element in electoral success will be extensive research in understanding what Alberta is in the 21st century to shape an appropriate political response.