MLA Brian Mason, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood

God,
we thank you for the position of authority that you have given MLA Brian Mason.
Thank you that you give him strength of character, integrity and understanding
in the very complex days he has and will be facing in the future. We just lift
him up in our prayers that he would be encouraged and strengthened for the
future and much more to come. We pray that he will be open minded and know the
right decisions for our society. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

ND Opposition Leader
Brian Mason was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood in a 2000 by-election. He was re-elected in the
provincial general election of March 12, 2001, and was subsequently appointed
House Leader of the New Democrat caucus and critic responsible for human
resources, finance and agriculture.

Mr. Mason was appointed to the Special Standing Committee on Members’
Services on May 28, 2012.

On September 18, 2004, Mr. Mason became leader of the New Democrats. Mr.
Mason was elected to his third term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for
Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood on November 22, 2004, his fourth term on March 3,
2008, and his fifth term on April 23, 2012.

Previously, he has served as a member of the Standing Committee on
Public Accounts, the Members’ Service Committee, the Standing Committee on
Resources and Environment, Standing Committee on Government Services and the
Standing Committee on the Economy.

Before his election to the Alberta Legislature, Mr. Mason served as city
of Edmonton councillor for ward 3. He was first elected in October 1989 and won
three subsequent civic elections. As a member of city council for 11 years Mr.
Mason gained a reputation as a tough and effective voice for his constituents.
During this time Mr. Mason chaired the non-profit Housing Board and served on
the Taxi Commission, Library board and Northlands board.

Following his political science studies at the University of Alberta, he
became politically active, serving as the executive director of the Alberta
Federation of Students from 1977 to 1979.

Mr. Mason has lived in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood for over 20 years with
his wife, Karin, and their two sons, Peter and Alex.

June 6, 2012