Progressive Conservative MLA, Little Bow
Barry McFarland began his first term as the Progressive Conservative MLA for Little Bow following the by-election of March 5, 1992. He was re-elected on June 15, 1993 and March 11, 1997. His most current appointments include: Chairman of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, Member of the Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Member of the Agricultural Lease Review Committee.
Barry has served on various legislative committees since 1992, including: the Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Chair); the Legislative Review Committee; and the Agenda and Priorities Committee (Caucus Liaison). He also has participated in numerous other committees dealing with Education, Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Irrigation, Public Accounts, the Heritage Savings Trust Fund, Health Planning Secretariat and as Chairman of the Premiers Council on Support of Alberta Families.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Barry held a variety of municipal government responsibilities. He was elected to the County of Vulcan Council in 1977 and subsequently served as a Reeve, Councillor, School Trustee, Chairman of the Board of Education, and as both a Trustee and Board Chairman of the Little Bow Auxiliary Hospital. Barry also was involved in Municipal/Agriculture Committees and the Municipal Planning Commission and was a member of the Carmangay Seed Cleaning Plant Association.
Barry's private sector experience comes from his tenure in the retail credit area of Gulf Canada's Head Office operations. He is a graduate of the SAIT, Calgary Business Administration program.
His involvement with various community groups over the years includes work with the Carmangay Lion's Club, the Royal Canadian Legion - Barons Branch, Barons BPOE, Carmangay Curling Club and the Vulcan Atletika Track Club.
Barry was born in Carmangay, Alberta, on April 22, 1948. Barry, his wife, Mary, returned to Carmangay in 1972 to raise their four children and where they continue to operate a dryland grain farm.