During his tenure as Premier of Alberta, The Honourable E.
Peter Lougheed became one of Canada's most prominent political figures.
His government's strong stand on energy and constitutional issues attracted
Edgar Peter Lougheed was born on July 26, 1928, at
Calgary, Alberta. He is the son of Edgar D. Lougheed and Edna A. Bauld and
is the grandson of Senator Sir James A. Lougheed, Alberta's first Conservative
federal Cabinet Minister. E. Peter Lougheed is an Anglican.
He received his elementary education at the Strathcona
School for Boys and at Earl Grey and Rideau Public Schools in Calgary. He
completed his secondary education at Central High School in the same city.
While attending Central High School, he was the first President of that school's
Students' Union, an innovation which he had proposed. In 1950 and 1952
respectively, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws
degree from the University of Alberta. During his years at the University
of Alberta, he played football for the University Golden Bears Intercollegiate
Football Club and the Edmonton Eskimos, was elected President of the Students'
Union, served in the Canadian Officers' Training Corp qualifying as a
Commissioned Officer, received the Joseph Dolson Oliver Mothersill Memorial
Scholarship, and edited the sports page of the university newspaper. In
1954, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard
On June 21, 1952, E. Peter Lougheed married Jeanne E.
Rogers of Camrose, Alberta. They have four children: Stephen, Andrea, Pamela,
E. Peter Lougheed was called to the Alberta Bar in 1955
and first practiced law with the Calgary firm of Fenerty, Fenerty, McGillivray,
Prowse, and Brennan. In 1956, he joined the Mannix Corporation and was
subsequently promoted to the position of Secretary and General Counsel in
1958. In 1961, he reentered private legal practice as a partner in the
firm of Lougheed, Ballem, and McDill.
In 1965, E. Peter Lougheed was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. Subsequently, at the provincial
election of 1967, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to
represent the electoral district of Calgary West and, from 1967 to 1971, he
served as Leader of the Official
At the provincial election of 1971, E. Peter Lougheed was
reelected, and the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party won the majority of
seats in the Legislature. Consequently, effective September 10, 1971, he
was appointed Premier of Alberta by Lieutenant-Governor J.W. Grant
E. Peter Lougheed was reelected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for
Calgary West at the provincial elections of 1975, 1979, and 1982.
During his tenure as Premier, the Alberta Government's
major priorities were the control of Alberta's natural resources and their
development for future generations of Albertans; participation of Albertans in
the mainstream of Canadian life; economic diversification; and the improvement
of health, research, and recreational facilities in the Province. As well,
the provincial government's financial resources were strengthened considerably
by increased petrochemical royalties. In 1976, the Alberta Heritage
Savings Trust Fund was established, and a portion of these royalties was
deposited as long-term investments to be used to meet unanticipated future
needs. At the federal-provincial level, E. Peter Lougheed advocated a
stronger role for Alberta in national decision-making. He was one of the
principal advocates of the 1982 constitutional amending formula, which protects
Alberta's resource ownership rights. Effective November 1, 1985, E. Peter
Lougheed resigned as Premier of Alberta and, on February 28, 1986, he resigned
his seat as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary West.
E. Peter Lougheed is presently a partner in the Calgary
law firm of Bennett, Jones, and Verchere and serves on the Board of Directors of
the following organizations: ATCO Limited, Bechtel Canada Incorporated, Canadian
Pacific Limited, Carlson Construction Limited, CFCN Communications Limited, DMR
Group Incorporated, Luscar Limited, The Matthews Group, Norcen Energy Limited,
Northern Telecom Limited, Princeton Developments Limited, PWA Corporation,
Quorum Capital Corporation, Reed Stenhoues Companies Limited, and the Royal Bank
of Canada. He also serves on the National Advisory Committe for the Banff
School of Management, and is an adviser to the Government of the Northwest
Territories. In the recent past, he served as Co-Chairman of the Canadian
Alliance for Trade and Job Opportunities (1988) and Honorary Chairman of the XV
Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (1987 and 1988).
In 1985, the Alberta Government recognized E. Peter
Lougheed's service to the Province by naming a multicultural village in Edmonton
in his honour. In 1986, the provincial government also named a park in the
Kananaskis area of Alberta in his honour and the University of Alberta
established the Peter Lougheed Scholarships. In 1987, the new electronic
art resources building at the Banff Centre was named in honour of E. Peter
Lougheed and his wife Jeanne and, in 1988, the new northeast site of the Calgary
General Hospital was named the "Peter Lougheed Centre". E. Peter
Lougheed has also received the following honours: Queen's Counsel (1971);
Honorary Chief ("Thunderbird") of the Cree Indians (1971); Honorary
Chief ("Crop-Eared Wolf") of the Blood Indians (1974); Queen's Privy
Council for Canada (1982); Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. Francis Xavier
University (1983); Shevchenko Memorial Medal (1985); Honorary Doctor of Laws,
University of Alberta (1986); Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Calgary
(1986); Award of Merit, B'nai B'rith Canada (1987); Companion of the Order of
Canada (1987); Legal Humanitarian of the Year Award (1987); Sports Wall of Fame,
University of Alberta (1987); Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Lethbridge
(1988) and University of Windsor (1988).
E. Peter Lougheed lives in Calgary, Alberta.