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William Aberhart was born on a farm near Kippen, Ontario on December 30, 1878 to William Aberhart Senior and Louisa Pepper. He attended Chatham Business College and received teacher training at the Mitchell Model School and the Ontario Normal School in Hamilton, Ontario. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1911. He taught in several schools in southern Ontario, becoming principal of the Central Public School in Brantford Ontario, before moving to Calgary in 1910.


The Alberta Report began as a weekly general news magazine called the St. John’s Edmonton Report. Billed as a faster way than the local newspaper to get a complete picture of the week’s news, the Report sought to tell the news, the reasons and personalities behind the news, and why the events happened. However, the main focus was on political figures and events from a socially conservative Christian viewpoint.

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Clifford H. Fryers was born in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan in 1947. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Corporate Finance in 1970, and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1971. Upon leaving university Mr. Fryers worked in the Tax Litigation department of the Department of Justice in Ottawa (1971-1977), and as General Tax Counsel for Mobil Oil Canada, Ltd. (1977-1980). In 1980 he joined the Calgary office of the Milner Fenerty law firm. His law practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, resource taxation, international taxation and negotiating with fiscal authorities, including tax litigation. As a partner at Milner Fenerty, Mr. Fryers also served for five years as Chairman of the Business Development Department and three years as the Managing Partner of the firm's Calgary office. He maintained his law practice until 1997, when he took the position of Chief of Staff to Preston Manning in the Leader of the Opposition's office in Ottawa. Mr. Fryers has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the White Iron Group of Companies since 1997. In 2003 he also serves on the Board of Directors of Canscot Resources, Ltd., an oil and gas company, and of Enmax, the Calgary-based electricity company.

Senator Dan Hays was born in Calgary on April 24, 1939, and was raised on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Calgary in what is now a suburb called Haysboro. He was awarded an arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1962 and then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Toronto. In 1966, he joined the Calgary law firm of Macleod Dixon, and has since remained an associate. Senator Hays has been involved in the cattle breeding industry since 1957 and continues to maintain a small herd of Hays Converters.
In 1984, he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau. During his parliamentary career, Senator Hays served on a number of Senate Committees, as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry from 1986 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1995, and also as Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources from 1989 to 1993. In 1999, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and in 2001, Prime Minister Chrétien appointed him Speaker of the Senate. On February 1, 2006, Senator Hays was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and in April 2006, Chair of the Special Committee on Senate Reform. On June 30, 2007, Senator Hays retired before reaching the mandatory retirement age. 

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Ernest Charles Manning was born September 20, 1908 in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, son of George H. Manning and Elisabeth M. Dickson. He was educated at a rural school outside Rosetown, Saskatchewan. After listening to many of William Aberhart's radio broadcasts, he enrolled in the new Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute in 1927. He was raised in a nominally United Church family, but became a committed Baptist during his time at the Institute. Quickly taken under the wing of William Aberhart, Manning became the Institute's first graduate in 1930. He remained with the Institute and began assisting and speaking on the Institute's radio broadcast "Back to the Bible Hour". While at the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute, he met the pianist for the church and radio broadcasts, Muriel Preston. They married in 1939; the bride was given away by Premier Aberhart. They had two children, Keith and Preston.

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Ernest Preston Manning was born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 10, 1942 to Alberta premier Ernest Manning and his wife Muriel (nee Preston) Manning. After graduating from the University of Alberta with an Honours degree in Economics in 1964, Manning ran unsuccessfully as a Social Credit candidate in the 1965 federal election. He then joined the National Public Affairs Research Foundation, a conservative think tank, and was involved in the Social Conservative Party and the Movement for National Political Change. During 1966- 67, he researched his father's book, "Political Realignment" and, with his father, co-wrote the White Paper on Human Resource Development for the Social Credit government in Alberta. The White Paper led to the creation of the Department of Youth, a Human Resources Council and the Alberta Service Corps.

Dr. Fred Marshall was born June 8th, 1930 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He received his early education in Yorkton and Saskatoon before the family moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1940 where Marshall attended Junior High and High School. Marshall later moved to Edmonton where he graduated from the University of Alberta in 1950 with his Bachelor of Science degree and with his medical degree in 1954.

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The Reform Party of Canada was born out of a sense of frustration and disillusionment amongst a coalition of western Canadian businessmen and interest groups with what they regarded as the federal Progressive Conservative Party’s disregard for the West’s contributions to the political and economic well being of the country. Led by Preston Manning, the son of long-time Alberta Social Credit premier Ernest Manning, the coalition supported the creation of a western reform movement as a means of voicing the West’s discontent and as an alternative to western separation. Some of the supporters of this idea advocated the creation of a new federal political party promising fiscal responsibility, provincial equality that allowed no special status for Quebec, and parliamentary reform which would include an elected Senate to represent the regions.

Arthur Ryan Smith, C.M., D.F.C., O.C., A.O.E., Hon. LL.D., was born in Calgary on 16 May 1919, the son of Arthur LeRoy Smith, K.C. and Sara Isobel Ryan. He received his early education in Calgary and at Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia. At age 16 Smith began working at the Turner Valley oilfield. He continued working in the oilfields for 4 years, until 1940 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the Second World War he served in 34 operations as an RAF Pathfinder Pilot overseas and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

James Rodney Winter Sykes was born in 1929 in MontrealQuebec but was raised primarily in 
Victoria, B.C. He attended 
Victoria College and 
Sir George Williams University, located in 
Montreal. Mr. Sykes began his career as a chartered accountant, working out of both Vancouver and 
Montreal where he met his wife, Gisele.  As an accountant, he has worked for Price Waterhouse and Company and, following his move to Calgary, Canadian Pacific Investments Ltd. With the latter company, Mr. Sykes organized Marathon Realty which later became a successful investment and development firm.  Mr. Sykes' decision to run for mayor came from his belief that the city government could and should have been managed better.  In a short amount of time, he resigned his job, ran for and was elected Mayor with an admirable majority.  He officially took office on October 28th, 1969.  Mr. Sykes' eight-year tenure as Mayor was marked by a noticeable change concerning the duties of the head Calgarian, catering much more to the citizens and "opening up" City Hall to the public.  Under his leadership, 
Calgary made improvements in the areas of transportation, housing, public participation, and enjoyed general prosperity.  Mr. Sykes' mayorship was also known for the friction often experienced between himself and his council members. Mr. Sykes was re-elected in 1971 and 1974 but chose not to run for a fourth term in 1977.  In 1980 he became leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party, a position he later abdicated in 1982.  In 1984, Mr. Sykes ran for a Liberal seat, lost and retired from politics altogether.  Mr. Sykes still resides in 
Calgary with his wife.  He is father to five and grandfather to 10.  He continued to maintain an interest in property development and has written a regular column for the 
Calgary Sun.