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NDP candidate for Calgary-Foothills named for next provincial election

NDP candidate for Calgary-Foothills Court Ellingson (Facebook/Court Ellingson)

Alberta’s New Democratic Party (NDP) has announced its candidate for Calgary-Foothills in the next Alberta provincial election.

Court Ellingson, the former vice-president of research and strategy at Calgary Economic Development, will run under the NDP banner.

“Calgary-Foothills is made up of communities that are on the front lines of the challenges that we’re facing in Alberta,” said Ellingson. “Families here are feeling the effects of the current government from their lack of support for education and healthcare, to their poor choices which is causing strain on families budgets.

“I am thankful that this community has put their trust in me to represent this riding in an NDP government led by Rachel Notley.”

The NDP says Ellingson is the program director for the Calgary Innovation Coalition, as he is offering consultant services in economic development, facilitation, and strategic planning.

“I have spent most of my career working in economic development because I am passionate about helping create an economy that works for all of us, not just a select few,” said Ellingson. “The values that have shaped my career, and the values that I hold in my personal life I see reflected in the proposals and policies being put forward by the NDP.

“I am excited to be part of the team and work towards strong public healthcare and education systems, and a diverse and resilient economy for Alberta.”


Ellingson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Local Economic Development form the University of Waterloo. He’s also acting as a board member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board with the City of Calgary, along with Local Investing YYC.

“I am excited about the economic future of Alberta under the prospect of an NDP government,” said Ellingson. “We have so many opportunities available to us in technology, agriculture, transportation, and energy, and I can see Rachel Notley’s priority in diversifying the economy and investing in education as pieces to build a better future for the province.”