James "Jim" Deverell Horsman
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Medicine Hat|
Medicine Hat-Redcliff (1975-1979)
March 25, 1975 – June 15, 1993
|Preceded by||William Wyse|
|Succeeded by||Rob Renner|
|Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower|
March 23, 1979 – November 18, 1982
|Preceded by||Bert Hohol|
|Succeeded by||Ernie Isley|
|Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs|
November 19, 1982 – December 14, 1992
|Preceded by||Archibald Johnston|
|Succeeded by||Peter Elzinga|
May 26, 1986 – September 7, 1988
|Preceded by||Neil Crawford|
|Succeeded by||Ken Rostad|
|3rd Deputy Premier of Alberta|
April 14, 1989 – December 14, 1992
|Preceded by||David Russell|
|Succeeded by||Ken Kowalski|
|Born||July 29, 1935|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia|
James Deverell Horsman was born in Camrose, Alberta in 1935 to George and Kathleen Horsman. He grew up in Meeting Creek with his grandparents while his mother and father served overseas in World War II. His family later moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Horsman moved west in the 1950s to study at the University of British Columbia.
At UBC, Horsman attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1959 and a year later attained a Bachelor of Laws. During this time Horsman participated in a number of extra curricular activities including a member of UBC Alma Mater Society, the Coordinator of Activities and the Coordinator of Publications. After University Horsman moved back east to Calgary to start practicing law, he moved to Medicine Hat a short time later after visiting family and meeting a potential law partner. After moving to Medicine Hat he met Betty Whitney, a local High School teacher. Horsman married her in 1964. They have three daughters.
Horsman became involved in the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the early 1960s. He served on the party's executive council as Vice President for Southern Alberta before running for political office.
Horsman first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1967 general election, in the electoral district of Medicine Hat. He was defeated by Social Credit incumbent MLA Harry Leinweber. Horseman would run again in the Medicine Hat-Redcliff electoral district in 1971 and lost to Social Credit candidate William Wyse.
Horsman ran against Wyse again in the 1975 general election and was successful this time, defeating him by 100 votes. In 1979 Medicine Hat-Redcliff was abolished due to redistribution, and Horsman ran for re-election in Medicine Hat that year. He won by nearly 8,000 votes over his nearest opponent. Horsman won by another large majority in the 1982 general election.
Horsman's share of the vote was cut in half in the 1986 general election, but he still won by a comfortable margin. He won again handily in the 1989 general election. He retired from the Assembly at dissolution in 1993.
Horsman would serve a number of roles in provincial cabinet including Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower, Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Attorney General and Provincial Secretary, Government House Leader and Deputy Premier. As Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs Horsman was responsible for constitutional negotiations for the 10 years following the Patriation of the Constitution until the Charlottetown Accord.
After leaving political office, Horsman became Alberta's chief NAFTA negotiator.
Horsman continued to serve on numerous other boards and public service roles, including as Chair of the Board of Governors for Medicine Hat College and later as chancellor for the University of Lethbridge from 1999 to 2003. Horsman would be awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Lethbridge.
Horsman was number of awards including Queen Elizabeth II Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals, the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Horsman was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on April 6, 2006, his award cited his history in public service, volunteering and advocacy for a strong public education system. As a Member of the Order of Canada Horsman has continued to preside over citizenship ceremonies in the Southern Alberta region.
- "James Deverell Horsman CM, QC, LLD Alberta Order of Excellence Inductee". The Government of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- Scott, Crichton. "Alumni Profile: Jim Horsman, QC, CM, A.O.E, LL.D (LLB 1960)". allard.ubc.ca. Vancouver, BC: Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
- "Medicine Hat election results 1967". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat-Redcliff election results 1971". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat-Redcliff election results 1975". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat election results 1979". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat election results 1982". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat election results 1986". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- "Medicine Hat election results 1989". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- Order of Canada citation