Brian Mason, Leader
Brian Mason's spirited performance in the legislature has made him a champion of Alberta families.
Brian Mason (b. Oct 12, 1953) was first elected as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood in a 2000, and his career in politics spans more than 20 years.
He was politically active during his student career at the University of Alberta, where he studied political science in the mid-1970s before becoming executive director of the Federation of Alberta Students (1977-79).
Mason went on to work as a bus driver with Edmonton Transit Services until 1989, when he first ran for Edmonton city council. Mason’s campaign made headlines when he mounted a legal challenge to a law requiring municipal employees to resign if running for city office.
To the community, Mason’s challenge signified his commitment to stand up for ordinary Albertans. He was swiftly elected city councillor for Edmonton’s Ward 3 on October, 1989.
He served as councillor for 11 consecutive years, enjoying a reputation as a tough and effective voice for his constituents. His notable battles included the fight against the privatization of city utilities Ed Tel and EPCOR.
Mason made the switch to provincial politics in 2000, following the resignation of provincial NDP leader Pam Barrett. He won a by-election in Edmonton Highlands-Norwood and re-elected in the provincial general election of March 12, 2001.
Mason has since remained a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, winning his seat during the 2004 and 2008 provincial elections, and was nominated as leader of the Alberta NDP on Sept. 18, 2004.
In the Legislature Mason has developed a reputation as a strong defender of Alberta families, and has led the charge to reduce utility rates, auto insurance premiums and skyrocketing rents. He has also been the most vocal defender of public health care and an advocate for a more equitable royalty regime.
Mason has lived in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood for over 20 years. He and his wife Karin have two sons, Peter and Alex.