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Calgary lawyer Khan elected leader of Alberta Liberals

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 1:11 PM | By Paula Kulig

Calgary lawyer David Khan, who practises Indigenous and environmental law, is the new leader of the Alberta Liberal Party.

Khan was elected on June 4, receiving 54.8 per cent of the vote in defeating Kerry Cundal, who is also a lawyer from Calgary. He takes over the reins from David Swann, who holds the Liberals’ only seat in the Alberta legislature. The next provincial election is in 2019.

He’s a senior associate at Calgary’s Rath & Company, where he’s worked since 2010, and is also a principal at David Khan Law. Khan holds a juris doctor degree in law from the University of Toronto and studied law at Central European University in Budapest.

The Calgary native has appeared in courts throughout western and northern Canada, and before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as in front of regulatory and administrative tribunals.

Khan was a candidate for the Alberta Liberals in a 2014 Calgary byelection and in the provincial election a year later. He also served as the party’s executive vice-president before running for the leadership.

"It’s been a whirlwind, it’s been a really busy past two months,” Khan told a room of supporters after the vote. “There are so many Liberals, old and new, that are part of our party now and I’m really excited about moving liberalism forward in Alberta.”