Mr. Brian Mason – MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood

in Heaven we are taking time today to pray for MLA Brian Mason as he serves in
the constituency of Edmonton – Highlands – Norwood.  We are grateful for his experience and years
of service in the legislature.  Give him
strength and wisdom for all that is before him today and lead him to attend to
the things on his agenda that are of most importance.  We ask for Your hand of blessing to be upon
him and his family.  Amen.
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.

On September 18, 2004, Mr.
Mason became leader of the New Democrats, a position he retired in 2014. 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.

Mr. Mason currently serves as a
member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services, the Standing
Committee on Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Standing Committee on
Resource Stewardship

Previously he has served as a
member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, 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.