Michael Trent "Mike" Allen (born March 4, 1962) is a Canadian politician who is a former elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. He is a former municipal politician, business owner and jazz musician.
Allen was elected in the 2012 Alberta general election as a Progressive Conservative candidate defeating incumbent MLA Guy Boutilier who had left that party to sit as an Independent and later a Wildrose MLA in a closely contested election. He was appointed by Premier Redford as the special advisor to the Minister of Transportation for highway 63 on May 22, 2012.
Allen currently serves as a member of the following Standing Committees: ◾Private Bills ◾Resource Stewardship ◾Public Accounts
Allen was previously the chair of the Select Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee. He had also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections Standing Orders and Printing.
Allen served as a member of Treasury Board and the Alaska-Alberta Bilateral Council and had also represented Alberta on the Council of State Governments – Midwest.
Allen moved to Fort McMurray in 1993 with his family and purchased Campbell’s Music, where he was able to combine his business administration background and career as a professional jazz musician to create a successful and thriving business. Allen began transitioning from business to community leader when he was nominated to a position on the board of Fort McMurray’s Chamber of Commerce. He served two terms as president.
In 2007, Allen was elected to city council, serving two terms as a councillor.
Business leader, community leader and now provincial elected representative, he continues to serve Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, the community he calls home.
On July 16, 2013, Allen resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus after his involvement in a prostitution sting operation in Minnesota which resulted in his arrest. He was charged with one count of hiring or agreeing to hire a prostitute in a public place. In late 2013 Allen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $500 fine plus legal fees. On July 7, 2014 at the annual Calgary Stampede meeting the PC caucus voted in a closed ballot to invite Allen back into the PC caucus.
In the 2015 election, Allen was defeated by Wildrose candidate Tany Yao.