Al Adair

James Allen "Al" "Boomer" Adair (May 13, 1929 – December 24, 1996) was a minor league baseball player, radio broadcaster and politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1993.

Al "Boomer" Adair
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Peace River
In office
August 30, 1971 – June 15, 1993
Preceded byRobert Wiebe
Succeeded byGary Friedel
Personal details
Born(1929-05-13)May 13, 1929
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DiedDecember 24, 1996(1996-12-24) (aged 67)
Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta

Early lifeEdit

Adair played minor league baseball for the Peace River Stampeders in the North Peace Baseball League in the 1960s.[1] After baseball he was a well known radio broadcaster in Peace River until he ran for political office in 1971.[2]

Political careerEdit

Adair first ran for the Alberta legislature in the 1971 general election. Running as a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party, he defeated incumbent Social Credit MLA Robert Wiebe in the electoral district of Peace River.[3] He was appointed to the cabinet by Premier Peter Lougheed and served as the minister without portfolio responsible for native affairs. Adair was re-elected in the 1975 general election over three other candidates.[4] After the election, Lougheed appointed him Minister of Recreation, Parks and Wildlife.

In the 1979 Alberta general election, Adair easily defeated three other candidates to win the second highest popular vote of his political career.[5] Adair reached the height of his popularity with a landslide win in the 1982 Alberta general election.[6] When Don Getty became Premier in 1985, Adair became the new Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. After the 1986 general election he was transferred to the Ministry of Transportation and Utilities.[7] In the 1989 Alberta general election he took 66% of the popular vote, the highest of his career.[8] Adair was left out of the cabinet when Ralph Klein became Premier in 1992. He retired from provincial politics with the dissolution of the Assembly in 1993.

Late lifeEdit

After retiring from politics, Adair co-authored a book with Frank J. Dolphin titled Boomer: My Life with Peter, Don and Ralph, which was published in 1994 by Polar Bear Publishing.[9] He died of a heart attack on December 24, 1996, at the age of 67.[10][11] The Al 'Boomer' Adair Rec Centre in Peace River, Alberta, is named in his honor.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1964 Peace River Stampeders". Western Canada Baseball. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  2. ^ "Peace River, Alberta". Discover The Peace Country.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  3. ^ "Peace River election results 1971". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  4. ^ "Peace River election results 1975". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  5. ^ "Peace River election results 1979". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  6. ^ "Peace River election results 1982". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  7. ^ "Peace River election results 1986". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  8. ^ "Peace River election results 1989". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  9. ^ "Boomer: My Life with Peter, Don and Ralph". Bookfinder.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  10. ^ Boomer' Adair dead at Age 67: [FINAL Edition] Slade, Daryl. Calgary Herald [Calgary, Alta] 26 Dec 1996: A.5.
  11. ^ "Alberta Hansard" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. February 11, 1997. p. 1.
  12. ^ "Al 'Boomer' Adair Rec Centre". Google Maps. Retrieved 2008-05-19.

External linksEdit

Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Robert Wiebe
MLA Peace River
1971–1993
Succeeded by
Gary Friedel