26th Alberta Legislature

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The members of the 26th Legislature were elected in the 26th Alberta general election held on November 22, 2004. In the list below, cabinet members' names are bolded; leaders of official parties are italicized.

This legislature had the distinction of being addressed by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, to help celebrate Alberta's centennial.[1]

Party standings after 26th General Elections[edit]

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Member Party Constituency Notes
     Tony Abbott Progressive Conservative Drayton Valley-Calmar
     Cindy Ady Progressive Conservative Calgary Shaw
     Bharat Agnihotri Liberal Edmonton Ellerslie
     Moe Amery Progressive Conservative Calgary East
     Dan Backs Independent Edmonton Manning Elected as a Liberal, expelled from caucus in November 2006
     Laurie Blakeman Liberal Edmonton Centre
     Bill Bonko Liberal Edmonton Decore
     Guy Boutilier Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
     Neil Brown Progressive Conservative Calgary-Nose Hill
     Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative Lesser Slave Lake
     Wayne Cao Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fort
     Mike Cardinal Progressive Conservative Athabasca-Redwater
     Harvey Cenaiko Progressive Conservative Calgary-Buffalo
     Harry B. Chase Liberal Calgary-Varsity
     Craig Cheffins Liberal Calgary-Elbow Succeeded Ralph Klein in a by-election June 12, 2007.
     David Coutts Progressive Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
     Ray Danyluk Progressive Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul
     Alana DeLong Progressive Conservative Calgary-Bow
     Victor Doerksen Progressive Conservative Red Deer South
     Denis Ducharme Progressive Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
     Clint Dunford Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-West
     David Eggen NDP Edmonton-Calder
     Mo Elsalhy Liberal Edmonton-McClung
     Iris Evans Progressive Conservative Sherwood Park
     Jack Flaherty Liberal St. Albert
     Heather Forsyth Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
     Yvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative Calgary-Cross
     Hector Goudreau Progressive Conservative Dunvegan
     Gordon Graydon Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Wapiti
     Doug Griffiths Progressive Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
     George Groeneveld Progressive Conservative Highwood
     Carol Haley Progressive Conservative Airdrie-Chestermere
     David Hancock Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Whitemud
     Jack Hayden Progressive Conservative Drumheller-Stettler Succeeded Shirley McClellan in a by-election June 12, 2007.
     Denis Herard Progressive Conservative Calgary-Egmont
     Paul Hinman Alberta Alliance Cardston-Taber-Warner The Alberta Alliance Party was dissolved, and the Wildrose Alliance Party was formed in early 2008
     Wildrose Alliance
     Doug Horner Progressive Conservative Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
     Mary Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative Red Deer-North
     LeRoy Johnson Progressive Conservative Wetaskiwin-Camrose
     Arthur Johnston Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hays
     Ralph Klein Progressive Conservative Calgary-Elbow Resigned as Premier December 14, 2006 and from legislature January 15, 2007; succeeded by Craig Cheffins as MLA for Calgary-Elbow and by Ed Stelmach as Premier.
     Mel Knight Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie-Smoky
     Ken Kowalski Progressive Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
     Ron Liepert Progressive Conservative Calgary-West
     Fred Lindsay Progressive Conservative Stony Plain
     Rob Lougheed Progressive Conservative Strathcona
     Thomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Castle Downs
     Ty Lund Progressive Conservative Rocky Mountain House
     Hugh MacDonald Liberal Edmonton-Gold Bar
     Richard Magnus Progressive Conservative Calgary-North Hill
     Gary Mar Progressive Conservative Calgary-Mackay Resigned November 2007; seat left vacant until the 2008 election
     Ray Martin NDP Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
     Richard Marz Progressive Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
     Brian Mason NDP Edmonton Highlands Norwood
     Weslyn Mather Liberal Edmonton Mill Woods
     Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative Drumheller-Stettler Resigned January 15, 2007, succeeded by Jack Hayden.
     Barry McFarland Progressive Conservative Little Bow
     Greg Melchin Progressive Conservative Calgary North West
     Bruce Miller Liberal Edmonton-Glenora
     Richard Miller Liberal Edmonton Rutherford
     Leonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
     Ted Morton Progressive Conservative Foothills-Rocky View
     Lyle Oberg Progressive Conservative Strathmore-Brooks Suspended from P.C. caucus March 22, 2006; re-admitted July 25, 2006.
     Frank Oberle Progressive Conservative Peace River
     Luke Ouellette Progressive Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
     Raj Pannu NDP Edmonton Strathcona
     Bridget Pastoor Liberal Lethbridge East
     Hung Pham Progressive Conservative Calgary Montrose
     Ray Prins Progressive Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
     Rob Renner Progressive Conservative Medicine Hat
     David Rodney Progressive Conservative Calgary Lougheed
     George Rogers Progressive Conservative Leduc-Beaumont-Devon
     Shiraz Shariff Progressive Conservative Calgary McCall
     Lloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative Vermilion-Lloydminster
     Ed Stelmach Progressive Conservative Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
     Ron Stevens Progressive Conservative Calgary-Glenmore
     Ivan Strang Progressive Conservative West Yellowhead
     David Swann Liberal Calgary Mountain View
     Kevin Taft Liberal Edmonton Riverview
     Janis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative Banff-Cochrane
     Dave Taylor Liberal Calgary Currie
     Maurice Tougas Liberal Edmonton Meadowlark
     George VanderBurg Progressive Conservative Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
     Len Webber Progressive Conservative Calgary-Foothills
     Gene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative Edmonton Mill Creek
  • The Alberta Court of Appeal declared Thomas Lukaszuk the victor more than two months after the election. The election-night vote count had given Chris Kibermanis of the Liberals a five-vote win, but the judicial recount gave Lukaszuk a three-vote margin of victory.
  • A party requires four seats to have official party status in the legislature. Parties with fewer than four seats are not entitled to party funding although their members will usually be permitted to sit together in the chamber.

Notable events[edit]

  • The province's centennial occurred during the 26th Legislature, on September 1, 2005. Earlier that year, on May 24, 2005, Elizabeth II made an official visit to the province in commemoration of the centennial.[2]
  • On March 1, 2006, premier Ralph Klein announced a series of controversial health care reforms which involved allowing greater levels of privatization in Alberta's public health care system. Later that day, the premier received significant media attention after throwing a book at a 17-year-old page.
  • On March 15, 2006, and throughout the year, the Legislative Assembly celebrated the centennial of the first sitting of the Legislature.
  • On April 6, 2006, Ted Morton introduced the controversial Bill 208, Protection of Fundamental Freedoms (Marriage) Statutes Amendment Act, 2006. Critics maintained that the bill removed limitations on free speech where homosexual individuals were concerned, potentially removing recourse for verbal abuse and discrimination. The bill died on the order paper on May 18, 2006.

Standings changes during the 26th Assembly[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Nov 22 Feb 2 Mar 22 Jul 25 Nov 20 Jan 15 Jun 12 Sep 27 Jan 19
     Progressive Conservative 61 62 61 62 60 61 60
Liberal 17 16 15 16
     NDP 4
     Wildrose Alliance 0 1
     Independent 0 1 0 1
     Alberta Alliance 1 0
Total members 83 81 83 82
Vacant 0 2 0 1
Government Majority 39 41 39 41 39 38
  1. February 2, 2005 Chris Kibermanis, Edmonton Castle Downs removed from office after a judicial recount.
  2. February 2, 2005 Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton Castle Downs becomes the MLA by court order.
  3. March 22, 2006 Lyle Oberg, Strathmore-Brooks suspended from the Progressive Conservative caucus
  4. July 25, 2006 Lyle Oberg, Strathmore-Brooks rejoins the Progressive Conservatives
  5. January 15, 2007 Ralph Klein, Calgary-Elbow resigns
  6. January 15, 2007 Shirley McClellan, Drumheller-Stettler resigns
  7. June 12, 2007 Craig Cheffins, Calgary-Elbow elected in by-election
  8. June 12, 2007 Jack Hayden, Drumheller-Stettler elected in by-election
  9. November 20, 2006 Dan Backs, Edmonton Manning was expelled from the Liberal caucus.
  10. September 27, 2007 Gary Mar, Calgary Mackay resigns to accept a government appointment.
  11. January 19, 2008 Paul Hinman, Cardston-Taber-Warner forms the Wildrose Alliance caucus.


  1. ^ "Centenary of Alberta joining Confederation, Alberta Legislature, Canada, 24 May". The British Monarchy. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hansard for Tuesday, May 24, 2006, Afternoon. Retrieved on September 26, 2006.

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