John Barlow was first elected as the MP for Macleod in a 2014 byelection. In the October 2015 election he opted to run in the new riding of Foothills. He has been named the Conservative opposition’s deputy critic for Employment, Workforce and Labour.
Prior to the election he has served on the Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Status of Women.
Prior to entering politics, Barlow worked as an award-winning journalism for many years. He worked in Calgary for several different publications before returning to his rural roots at the High River Times in High River, Alberta. He spent 17 years working at the Okotoks Western Wheel, serving as the paper’s associate publisher and editor. He went on to work as the Senior Editor, Southern Alberta for Greatwest newspapers. In that role he supervised several papers in the region.
Barlow won many awards for his work in journalism, including the Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Alberta’s top columnist. Both the High River Times and the Okotoks Western Wheel won awards under his leadership as well. The Western Wheel was named the top community newspaper in Canada in 2010.
Barlow studied journalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He transferred to SAIT after spending some time studying political science at the University of Regina. He now served on the journalism advisory board at his alma mater, as well as at Mount Royal University.
Barlow is married and has three children. He is active around his community, helping to organize events like the Foothills Highland Games, fundraise for the local sports facility and serving as vicepresident of the Okotoks Rotary Blic and the Okotoks Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.