She was the first woman to be premier of Alberta and now she’s the first woman to have her portrait hanging beside the rest of Alberta’s former premiers in the legislature.
Alison Redford’s likeness has been added to the paintings of past premiers on the third floor of the building.
She did not attend and there was no public ceremony in keeping with her wishes, nor is there a story of her time as premier to go along with her painting.
In a statement Redford says she’ll write her own story when ” time has provided a clearer perspective.”
She thanked those who supported her while in office.
“It was a unique honour and privilege that has changed my life, my understanding of myself, others, and of this beautiful province.”
The portrait depicts Redford, in a maroon jacket and black skirt standing with her left hand resting on a stack of books on a side table and her right hand holding the family tartan.
The work is an oil on canvas by Calgary artist Liela Chan, completed for $12,500.
Ric McIver, interim leader of Redford’s Progressive Conservatives, said he was OK with the lack of ceremony.
“What the former premier wanted was to have no pomp and circumstance today, so obviously it was the right thing in my mind to respect her wishes,” said McIver.
Government House Leader Brian Mason said she “made a contribution.”
“I think some of that may have been lost in some of the controversies toward the end of her term.”
Redford has avoided the public spotlight since she resigned in March 2014, one step ahead of a caucus revolt fuelled by a public scandal over exorbitant spending on herself and her inner circle.
She has refused to discuss details of what happened except to say, “mistakes were made.”