27th Alberta Legislature

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27th Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Houses Legislative Assembly
Seats 83
Meeting place
Edmonton leg.jpg
Legislature Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The 27th Alberta Legislative Assembly was constituted after the 2008 Alberta general election on March 3, 2008. The Progressive Conservatives led by Premier Ed Stelmach increased the size of his majority.

Election aftermath[edit]

The result of the 2008 election resulted in the Progressive Conservative party strengthening their ranks and picking up many districts. The results had fooled most of the pundits who were predicting quite the opposite.

Premier Ed Stelmach shuffled the Cabinet on March 13, 2008. The more notable members of his cabinet included Ron Liepert, Lindsay Blackett and Mel Knight. The opposition criticized Stelmach for not reducing the size of cabinet which had become bloated to record levels.

1st Session[edit]

The 1st Session of the 27th Alberta Legislature began on April 14, 2008 with the re-election of Ken Kowalski as speaker of the assembly defeating Laurie Blakeman on the first ballot.[1]

The first throne speech during the assembly was read by Normie Kwong the next day. The 1st session was marked by a number of initiatives that cast the government in a negative light.

Membership in the 27th Alberta Legislative Assembly[edit]

Member Party Constituency
     Ady, CindyCindy Ady Progressive Conservative Calgary-Shaw
     Allred, KenKen Allred Progressive Conservative St. Albert
     Amery, MoeMoe Amery Progressive Conservative Calgary-East
     Anderson, RobRob Anderson Progressive Conservative Airdrie-Chestermere
     Wildrose Alliance
     Benito, CarlCarl Benito Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Mill Woods
     Berger, EvanEvan Berger Progressive Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
     Bhardwaj, NareshNaresh Bhardwaj Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Ellerslie
     Bhullar, ManmeetManmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Calgary-Montrose
     Blackett, LindsayLindsay Blackett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North West
     Blakeman, LaurieLaurie Blakeman Liberal Edmonton-Centre
     Boutilier, GuyGuy Boutilier Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
     Independent Wildrose Alliance
     Brown, NeilNeil Brown Progressive Conservative Calgary-Nose Hill
     Calahasen, PearlPearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative Lesser Slave Lake
     Campbell, RobinRobin Campbell Progressive Conservative West Yellowhead
     Cao, WayneWayne Cao Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fort
     Chase, Harry B.Harry B. Chase Liberal Calgary-Varsity
     Dallas, CalCal Dallas Progressive Conservative Red Deer South
     Danyluk, RayRay Danyluk Progressive Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul
     DeLong, AlanaAlana DeLong Progressive Conservative Calgary-Bow
     Denis, JonathanJonathan Denis Progressive Conservative Calgary-Egmont
     Doerksen, ArnoArno Doerksen Progressive Conservative Strathmore-Brooks
     Drysdale, WayneWayne Drysdale Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Wapiti
     Elniski, DougDoug Elniski Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Calder
     Evans, IrisIris Evans Progressive Conservative Sherwood Park
     Fawcett, KyleKyle Fawcett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North Hill
     Forsyth, HeatherHeather Forsyth Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
     Wildrose Alliance
     Fritz, YvonneYvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative Calgary-Cross
     Goudreau, HectorHector Goudreau Progressive Conservative Dunvegan
     Griffiths, DougDoug Griffiths Progressive Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
     Groeneveld, GeorgeGeorge Groeneveld Progressive Conservative Highwood
     Hancock, DavidDavid Hancock Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Whitemud
     Hayden, JackJack Hayden Progressive Conservative Drumheller-Stettler
     Hehr, KentKent Hehr Liberal Calgary-Buffalo
     Stevens, RonRon Stevens Progressive Conservative Calgary-Glenmore
     Hinman, PaulPaul Hinman Wildrose Alliance
     Horne, FredFred Horne Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Rutherford
     Horner, DougDoug Horner Progressive Conservative Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
     Jablonski, Mary AnneMary Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative Red Deer North
     Jacobs, BroyceBroyce Jacobs Progressive Conservative Cardston-Taber-Warner
     Johnson, JeffJeff Johnson Progressive Conservative Athabasca-Redwater
     Johnston, ArthurArthur Johnston Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hays
     Kang, DarshanDarshan Kang Liberal Calgary-McCall
     Klimchuk, HeatherHeather Klimchuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Glenora
     Knight, MelMel Knight Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Smoky
     Kowalski, KenKen Kowalski Progressive Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
     Leskiw, GeniaGenia Leskiw Progressive Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
     Liepert, RonRon Liepert Progressive Conservative Calgary West
     Lindsay, FredFred Lindsay Progressive Conservative Stony Plain
     Lukaszuk, ThomasThomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Castle Downs
     Lund, TyTy Lund Progressive Conservative Rocky Mountain House
     MacDonald, HughHugh MacDonald Liberal Edmonton-Gold Bar
     McFarland, BarryBarry McFarland Progressive Conservative Little Bow
     McQueen, DianaDiana McQueen Progressive Conservative Drayton Valley-Calmar
     Marz, RichardRichard Marz Progressive Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
     Mason, BrianBrian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
     Mitzel, LeonardLeonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
     Morton, TedTed Morton Progressive Conservative Foothills-Rocky View
     Notley, RachelRachel Notley NDP Edmonton Strathcona
     Oberle, FrankFrank Oberle Progressive Conservative Peace River
     Olson, VerlynVerlyn Olson Progressive Conservative Wetaskiwin-Camrose
     Ouellette, LukeLuke Ouellette Progressive Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
     Pastoor, BridgetBridget Pastoor Liberal Lethbridge-East
     Progressive Conservative
     Prins, RayRay Prins Progressive Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
     Quest, DaveDave Quest Progressive Conservative Strathcona
     Redford, AlisonAlison Redford Progressive Conservative Calgary-Elbow
     Renner, RobRob Renner Progressive Conservative Medicine Hat
     Rodney, DavidDavid Rodney Progressive Conservative Calgary Lougheed
     Rogers, GeorgeGeorge Rogers Progressive Conservative Leduc-Beaumont-Devon
     Sandhu, PeterPeter Sandhu Progressive Conservative Edmonton Manning
     Sarich, JaniceJanice Sarich Progressive Conservative Edmonton Decore
     Sherman, RajRaj Sherman Progressive Conservative Edmonton Meadowlark
     Independent Liberal
     Snelgrove, LloydLloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative Vermilion-Lloydminster
     Stelmach, EdEd Stelmach Progressive Conservative Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
     Swann, DavidDavid Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
     Taft, KevinKevin Taft Liberal Edmonton-Riverview
     Tarchuk, JanisJanis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative Banff-Cochrane
     Taylor, DaveDave Taylor Liberal Calgary-Currie
     Alberta Party
     VanderBurg, GeorgeGeorge VanderBurg Progressive Conservative Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
     Vandermeer, TonyTony Vandermeer Progressive Conservative Edmonton Beverly Clareview
     Weadick, GregGreg Weadick Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-West
     Webber, LenLen Webber Progressive Conservative Calgary Foothills
     Woo-Paw, TeresaTeresa Woo-Paw Progressive Conservative Calgary Mackay
     Xiao, DavidDavid Xiao Progressive Conservative Edmonton McClung
     Zwozdesky, GeneGene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative Edmonton Mill Creek

Seating plan[edit]

Allred Sandhu Xiao Anderson Forsyth Leskiw
McQueen Fawcett Dallas Denis Johnson Doerksen Quest Taft Pastoor Chase Kang
Cao Mitzel Johnston Weadick Drysdale Brown Vandermeer MacDonald Taylor Swann Blakeman Hehr Mason Notley
Ady Groenveld Redford Ouellette Knight Horner Evans Snelgrove Stelmach Hancock Liepert Renner Zwozdesky Tarchuk Goudreau Morton Lindsay
Boutilier Marz Olson Rogers Webber Klimchuk Blackett Campbell Oberle Fritz Hayden Danyluk Jablonski Prins Horne Sarich
Berger Lund VanderBurg McFarland Rodney Bhardwaj Woo-Paw Bhullar DeLong Griffiths Lukaszuk Calahasen Sherman Elniski Amery Benito Jacobs

Official Seating Plan (Retrieved December 9, 2009)[2]

Standings changes during the 27th Assembly[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Mar 3 May 15 Jul 18 Sep 14 Jan 4 Apr 12 Jun 24 Oct 25 Nov 22 Jan 24 Mar 15 Sep 12 Nov 21 Jan 27 Mar
     Progressive Conservative 72 71 70 68 67 68 67 66
Liberal 9 8 9 8
     Wildrose 0 1 3 4
     NDP 2
     Alberta Party 0 1
     Independent 0 1 2 1 2 1 0 1
     Independent Liberal 0 12 0
     Independent Wildrose Alliance 0 11 0
Total members 83 82 83 82
Vacant 0 1 0 1
Government Majority 61 60 58 57 53 51 53 51 50
  1. Guy Boutilier began caucusing with the Wildrose Alliance on June 24, 2010 but kept independent status due to a $40,000.00 difference in private members research funding.[3]
  2. Raj Sherman joined the Liberal party, but did not officially join the Liberal caucus, however, he did become the Liberal leader on September 10, 2011.
Membership changes in the 27th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
     March 3, 2008 See List of Members Election day of the 27th Alberta general election
     May 15, 2009 Ron Stevens Calgary-Glenmore Progressive Conservative Resigned seat to accept a judicial appointment.
     July 18, 2009 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Independent Removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus.
     September 14, 2009 Paul Hinman Calgary-Glenmore Wildrose Alliance Elected in a by-election.
     January 4, 2010 Rob Anderson Airdrie-Chestermere Wildrose Alliance Crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservative caucus
     January 4, 2010 Heather Forsyth Calgary-Fish Creek Wildrose Alliance Crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservative caucus
     April 12, 2010 Dave Taylor Calgary-Currie Independent Left Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent.
     June 24, 2010 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Independent Wildrose Alliance Joined the Wildrose Alliance as an Independent.[3]
     October 25, 2010 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Wildrose Alliance Fully joined Wildrose Alliance caucus
     November 22, 2010 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Independent Removed from Progressive Conservative caucus
     January 24, 2011 Dave Taylor Calgary-Currie Alberta Party Joined Alberta Party
     March 15, 2011 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Independent Liberal Joined the Liberal Party, but not the caucus.
     June 26, 2011 See List of Members Wildrose Caucus name changed from Wildrose Alliance to Wildrose
     September 12, 2011 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Liberal Joined the Liberal caucus.[4]
     November 21, 2011 Bridget Pastoor Lethbridge-East Progressive Conservative Crossed the floor from the Liberal caucus[5]
     January 27, 2012 Lloyd Snelgrove Vermilion-Lloydminster Independent Left the Progressive Conservative caucus due to issues with Premier Redford.[6]
     March 2012 Richard Marz Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Progressive Conservative Vacated seat[7]


  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta: The 27th Legislature, Hansard" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. April 14, 2008. pp. 1–2. 
  2. ^ "Revision 330761018". December 9, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "MLA delays joining Wildrose due to funding". CBC News. July 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Liberal leader Sherman now caucus member". CBC News. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Cryderman, Kelly (November 21, 2011). "Lethbridge MLA Pastoor crosses floor to join Conservatives". Calgary Herald. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Snelgrove resigns from Tory caucus". Edmonton Journal. January 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Contact Information for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 

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