George Topolnisky

George Topolnisky (August 13, 1916 – March 19, 2012) was a provincial level politician and teacher from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1986 sitting with the governing Progressive Conservative caucus. During his time in office he served as a member of the Executive Council of Alberta from 1971 to 1975 as a Minister without portfolio Responsible for rural development.

George Topolnisky
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded bySteve Zarusky
Minister without Portfolio Responsible for rural development
In office
September 10, 1971 – March 1975
Personal details
Born(1916-08-13)August 13, 1916[1]
Pakan, Alberta, Canada[2]
DiedMarch 19, 2012(2012-03-19) (aged 95)[3]
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Political careerEdit

Topolnisky joined the Progressive Conservatives in 1956 and became politically active in 1959 as a party organizer.[4]

Topolnisky ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature for the first time in the 1971 Alberta general election. He defeated incumbent Social Credit MLA Michael Senych to pick up the new electoral district of Redwater-Andrew for the Progressive Conservatives.[5] His win helped the Progressive Conservatives gain enough seats to form government that year.

After the election Topolnisky was appointed to the Executive Council by Premier Peter Lougheed as a Minister Minister without portfolio Responsible for rural development.[6]

Topolnisky ran for re-election as an incumbent cabinet minister in the 1975 Alberta general election, he won a slightly higher popular vote easily keeping his seat.[7] After the election the Premier did not renew Topolnisky's cabinet portfolio, he served in the assembly as a private member for the rest of his career.

In the run up to the 1979 general election, Topolnisky faces two challengers for the Progressive Conservative nomination in his district. He won a first ballot victory on July 13, 1978. There were over 1,000 people in attendance at the nomination meeting.[4] In the election itself Topolnisky rolled up a slightly bigger popular vote over his 1975 result to win his third term in office.[8]

Topolnisky would run for his fourth term in the 1982 general election. He would face a crowded field of candidates to win his highest popular vote. Michael Senych would attempt to make a comeback in that election as an Independent candidate but would be badly defeated finishing fourth.[9] He retired from provincial politics at dissolution of the legislature in 1986.

In August 1997 George Topolnisky was awarded the Michael Luchkovich Award given annually to Albertan parliamentarians of a Ukrainian origin to honor outstanding public service.[10]


  1. ^ "Obituary For: George Topolnisky | Evergreen Funeral Chapel". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. ^ Guide parlementaire canadien - Pierre G. Normandin, A. Léopold Normandin - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  3. ^ "George TOPOLNISKY Obituary: View George TOPOLNISKY's Obituary by Edmonton Journal". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  4. ^ a b "George Topolnisky Wins P.C. Nomination". Smoky Lake Signal. July 19, 1978.
  5. ^ "Redwater-Andrew results 1971". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  6. ^ Martin, Frederick; Sir John Scott Keltie; Isaac Parker Anderson Renwick; Mortimer Epstein; Sigfrid Henry Steinberg; John Paxton (1975). The Statesman's year-book, Volume 112. St. Martin's Press. p. 285.
  7. ^ "Redwater-Andrew results 1975". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  8. ^ "Redwater-Andrew results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  9. ^ "Redwater-Andrew results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  10. ^ "2007 Annual Report" (PDF). Ukrainian Canadian Congress. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2009.

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