McGrath at the NDP's 2011 federal election campaign launch
|Principal Secretary to the Premier of Alberta|
June 2016 – April 2019
|National Director of the New Democratic Party|
|Preceded by||Nathan Rothman|
|Succeeded by||Karl Bélanger|
|President of the New Democratic Party|
September 10, 2006 – August 16, 2009
|Preceded by||Adam Giambrone|
|Succeeded by||Peggy Nash|
|Political party||New Democratic Party (1993 or earlier-present)|
|Communist Party of Canada (1984-??)|
Anne McGrath (born c. 1958) was principal secretary to former Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. She was previously deputy chief of staff from January to June 2016 before being promoted to her current position.
McGrath served as the National Director of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada (2014-2015), and chief of staff to Jack Layton, the late leader of the NDP. As Chief of Staff to Jack Layton (2008–2011), she is credited with professionalizing caucus operations and with helping organize the party's historic breakthrough to Official Opposition status. She stayed on as chief of staff to interim party leader Nycole Turmel and the federal NDP Caucus, during Turmel's interim leadership. She was president of the party from 2006 to 2009; she was elected on September 10, 2006 at the party's convention in Quebec City and her term ended on August 16, 2009 when Peggy Nash was elected president at the party's convention in Halifax. Before that, she had been director of operations for the NDP federal caucus.
She is a frequent commentator on national media broadcasts and has been identified as one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics in Ottawa. She has been an activist in the labour, student and women's movements  and had been employed by CUPE National as Director of Equality and as executive assistant to CUPE's national president Judy Darcy, and by Oxfam Canada. In 1993, McGrath was the Alberta New Democratic Party's candidate in Calgary-Bow. In 1995 she was its candidate in a provincial by-election in Calgary-McCall and came in third place. McGrath was the NDP candidate in Calgary-Varsity in the 2019 Alberta general election.
After graduating, she moved to Edmonton to work as a field organizer for the Alberta Federation of Students while studying for an education degree at the University of Alberta and became politically active.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and began her career as a teacher. She then held a variety of positions with not-for-profit organizations including working as Canadian Programme Officer for Oxfam-Canada and Community Development Team Leader and senior education officer for the Canadian Mental Health Association. She has a master's degree in communications studies. She has also served as a board member and social issues chair of the Elizabeth Fry Society, Vice-President of National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action: Beijing and Beyond.
In the 1984 federal election, while a student, she ran as candidate for the Communist Party of Canada in Edmonton—Strathcona, placing seventh. Of her involvement with the Communist Party she says "I was young, probably naïve, interested in talking about politics. And very influenced by friends and teachers.". At a debate at the Calgary Varsity Centre in April 2019, McGrath apologised for her past involvement with the Communist Party saying she was no longer a Communist stating, "Four decades ago when I was a young student, I was a member [of the Communist Party] and I deeply regret that. It was a mistake and I'm very sorry."
1995 Alberta NDP leadership challenge
(Held on November 11, 1995)
|2019 Alberta general election: Calgary-Varsity|
|United Conservative||Jason Copping||10,853||46.16||+2.21|
|New Democratic||Anne McGrath||10,215||43.44||-0.50|
|Alberta Party||Beth Barberree||1,687||7.17||New|
|Total valid votes||23,513||99.08||-0.25|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||264||0.92||+0.25|
|United Conservative gain from New Democratic||Swing||+1.35|
|Calgary-McCallAlberta provincial by-election, April 20, 1995:|
|Progressive Conservative||Shiraz Shariff||2,496||43.64||−1.44|
|New Democratic||Anne McGrath||713||12.46||2.61|
|Social Credit||Doug Cooper||470||8.22|
|Confederation of Regions||Peter Hope||61||1.07||−0.34|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||17|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||20,514||27.97|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||−2.04|
|Source: "Calgary-McCall by-election official results". Elections Alberta. April 20, 1995. Retrieved February 6, 2012.|
|1993 Alberta general election: Calgary-Bow|
|Progressive Conservative||Bonnie Laing||7,011||46.28%||11.39%|
|Liberal||Rob Van Walleghem||5,369||35.44%||1.22%|
|New Democratic||Anne McGrath||1,908||12.60%||−18.29%|
|Social Credit||Patrick John Hudson||376||2.48%|
|Confederation of Regions||Roberta McDonald||120||0.79%|
|Natural Law||Alan Livingston||78||0.51%|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||60|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||23,546||64.59%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||6.31%|
|Source: "Calgary-Bow Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 9, 2010.|
|1984 Canadian federal election: Edmonton—Strathcona|
|Progressive Conservative||David Kilgour||33,712||61.43||+2.05|
|New Democratic||Doris S. Burghardt||11,095||20.22||+8.21|
|Confederation of Regions||Lorne Cass||749||1.36|
|Green||Russell John Mulvey||466||0.85|
|Social Credit||Norman Utz||218||0.40|
|Total valid votes||54,877||100.00|
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- Edmonton Journal, November 13, 1995