29th Alberta general election

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29th Alberta general election
2012 ←
Before June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01) → 30th

87 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
44 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Party Progressive Conservative Wildrose
Last election 61 seats, 43.95% 17 seats, 34.29%
Current seats 70 5

Party Liberal New Democratic
Last election 5 seats, 9.89% 4 seats, 9.82%
Current seats 5 4


Alberta's 87 electoral districts

Incumbent Premier

Jim Prentice
Progressive Conservative

The 29th general election of Alberta, Canada, will elect members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. It will take place after the Premier of Alberta formally advises the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the Legislative Assembly.

The 2011 Election Amendment Act fixes the election to a three-month period, between March 1 and May 31 in the fourth calendar year after the preceding election day. However, this does not affect the powers of the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the Legislature before this period.[1] The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCs) holds a majority in the current Assembly.


In the 2012 general election the PCs lost a portion of their caucus, but were able to retain a majority of the 87 seats. The Wildrose Party forms the official opposition for the first time, while the other two parties in the Assembly, the Alberta Liberal Party and Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP), both hold official party status.[2] On September 4, 2014, the PCs became longest serving political dynasty in Canadian history, at 43 years, 5 days.[3]

Current standings[edit]

Summary of the current standings of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Party Party leader Seats
2012 Current
Progressive Conservative Jim Prentice 61 70
Wildrose Heather Forsyth (interim) 17 5
Liberal David Swann (interim) 5 5
New Democratic Rachel Notley 4 4
  Independent 1
  Vacant 2
Total 87 87

MLAs not running again[edit]

Opinion polls[edit]

The following is a summary of polling firms, used by Alberta's media, with percentages of decided voters whom had been asked for what party they would vote for.

Polling Firm Date of Polling PC Wildrose Liberal NDP Other
Insights West December 28–30, 2014 42 14 19 18 7
Mainstreet Technologies December 21, 2014 44 20 14 18 4
Insights West Nov. 28–Dec. 1, 2014 35 29 15 16 5
Lethbridge College October 4–9, 2014 32.6 30.8 12.8 16.8 7.0
Leger Marketing Aug. 27–Sep. 2, 2014 29 33 18 16 4
Leger Marketing June 23–26, 2014 26 31 20 19 4
Insights West April 23–26, 2014 21 50 11 16 2
ThinkHQ March 10–16, 2014 19 46 16 15 4
Angus Reid March 3–9, 2014 23 46 15 13 4
Leger Marketing February 24–27, 2014 25 38 16 15 5
Environics February 14–23, 2014 36 33 18 12 2
Lethbridge College October 5–6, 2013 36.1 29.4 15.7 12.2 6.6
Leger Marketing September 11–17, 2013 33 34 15 15 3
Leger Marketing April 9–12, 2013 29 37 17 14 3
ThinkHQ February 12–16, 2013 26 38 13 16 7
Leger Marketing January 14–20, 2013 40 28 12 13 6
Environics October 10–23, 2012 45 29 13 12 1
Lethbridge College September 29–30, 2012 44.6 23.9 11.1 14.0 6.4
Environics August 10–22, 2012 43 26 14 13 3
Forum Research June 11, 2012 39 36 9 12 4
Election 2012 April 23, 2012 44.0 34.3 9.9 9.8 2.0


Nominated candidates[edit]

Bold indicates cabinet members, and party leaders are italicized.

Northern Alberta[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson
Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock Maureen Kubinec Maureen Kubinec
Bonnyville-Cold Lake Craig Copeland Scott Cyr Genia Leskiw
Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley Gordon Andreiuk, Rhonda Clarke-Gauthier, Albert Cooper or Nigel McCarthy Kelly Hudson Marg McCuaig Boyd Hector Goudreau
Fort McMurray-Conklin Don Scott Ariana Mancini Don Scott
Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Mike Allen or Tracy McKinnon Steve Drover Mike Allen
Grande Prairie-Smoky Everett McDonald Todd Loewen Everett McDonald
Grande Prairie-Wapiti Wayne Drysdale Wayne Drysdale
Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills Glenn Anderson, Jeff Dechaine, Joanne Penner, Brian Storseth or Darrell Younghans Shane Saskiw
Lesser Slave Lake Darryl Boisson Danielle Larivee Pearl Calahasen
Peace River Frank Oberle Debbie Jabbour Sherry Hilton Frank Oberle

Central Edmonton[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Harman Kandola Deron Bilous Deron Bilous
Edmonton-Calder Thomas Bradley David Eggen David Eggen
Edmonton-Centre Laurie Blakeman David Shepherd Laurie Blakeman
Edmonton-Glenora Heather Klimchuk Sarah Hoffman Heather Klimchuk
Edmonton-Gold Bar David Dorward Marlin Schmidt David Dorward
Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Brian Mason Brian Mason
Edmonton-Mill Creek Gene Zwozdesky Harpreet Singh Gill Denise Woolard Gene Zwozdesky
Edmonton-Mill Woods Sohail Quadri Roberto Maglalang Sohail Quadri
Edmonton-Riverview Steve Young Donna Wilson Lori Sigurdson Steve Young
Edmonton-Rutherford Chris Labossiere or Grant Mann Josef Pisa Richard Feehan Fred Horne
Edmonton-Strathcona Rachel Notley Rachel Notley

Suburban Edmonton[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Edmonton-Castle Downs Thomas Lukaszuk Nicole Goehring Thomas Lukaszuk
Edmonton-Decore Janice Sarich Chris Nielsen Janice Sarich
Edmonton-Ellerslie Naresh Bhardwaj Rod Loyola Naresh Bhardwaj
Edmonton-Manning Peter Sandhu Heather Sweet Peter Sandhu
Edmonton-McClung Amanda Nielsen or David Xiao Steve Thompson Lorne Dach John Hudson David Xiao
Edmonton-Meadowlark Steve Benson, Tom Choucair or Katherine O’Neill Dan Bildhauer or Debbie Cavaliere Jon Carson Raj Sherman
Edmonton-South West Matt Jeneroux Matt Jeneroux
Edmonton-Whitemud Stephen Mandel Bob Turner Stephen Mandel
Sherwood Park Cathy Olesen or Sue Timanson Linda Osinchuk Annie McKitrick Cathy Olesen
St. Albert Stephen Khan Marie Renaud Stephen Khan

Western and Central Alberta[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Drayton Valley-Devon Diana McQueen Dan Walton Diana McQueen
Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Kerry Towle Kerry Towle
Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Wade Bearchell, Debbie Bennett or Ron Richardson Nathan Cooper Glenn Norman Bruce Rowe
Red Deer-North Christine Moore, Buck Buchanan, Matt Chapin or Jeffrey Dawson Mary Anne Jablonski
Red Deer-South Darcy Mykytyshyn Cal Dallas
Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Tammy Cote Jason Nixon Sean Weatherall Joe Anglin§
Spruce Grove-St. Albert Neil Korotash, Rus Matichuk or Kathleen Range Jaye Walter Vacant
Stony Plain Ken Lemke or Laura Wolodko Kathy Rondeau Ken Lemke
West Yellowhead Robin Campbell Stuart Taylor Robin Campbell
Whitecourt-Ste. Anne George VanderBurg O'Neil Carlier George VanderBurg

East Central Alberta[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Battle River-Wainwright Wes Taylor Vacant
Drumheller-Stettler Jack Hayden, Greggory Jackson or Ed Mah Rick Strankman Rick Strankman
Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville Jacquie Fenske Jacquie Fenske
Lacombe-Ponoka Peter Dewit, Rod Fox, Larry Henkleman or Wayne Rempel Doug Hart Rod Fox
Leduc-Beaumont George Rogers Sharon Smith Shayne Anderson George Rogers
Strathcona-Sherwood Park Dave Quest Dave Quest
Vermilion-Lloydminster Richard Starke Richard Starke
Wetaskiwin-Camrose Verlyn Olson Bruce Hinkley Verlyn Olson

Central Calgary[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Calgary-Acadia Jonathan Denis Richard Jones Jonathan Denis
Calgary-Buffalo Terry Rock Nolan Copeland David Khan Kathleen Ganley Kent Hehr
Calgary-Cross Mohamed El – Rafie, Manjit Jaswal, Bill Kahlon, Hirde Paul, Hardeep Rai or Dan Sidhu Ricardo Miranda Yvonne Fritz
Calgary-Currie Christine Cusanelli Terry DeVries Pat Murray Brian Malkinson Christine Cusanelli
Calgary-East Moe Amery Ali Waissi Robyn Luff Moe Amery
Calgary-Elbow Gordon Dirks Greg Clark Gordon Dirks
Calgary-Fish Creek Richard Gotfried Heather Forsyth
Calgary-Fort Christopher Primeau Jeevan Mangat Joe Ceci Janet Keeping (Green) Wayne Cao
Calgary-Glenmore Linda Johnson Chris Kemp-Jackson David Waddington Terrence Lo Linda Johnson
Calgary-Klein Kyle Fawcett Jeremy Nixon Craig Coolahan Noel Keough (Green) Kyle Fawcett
Calgary-Mountain View Mark Hlady David Swann Christopher McMillan or Mirical MacDonald David Swann
Calgary-Varsity Susan Billington, Donna Gee, Hana Kadri or Sam Shaw Pete Helfrich Stephanie McLean Donna Kennedy-Glans

Suburban Calgary[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Calgary-Bow Chris Harper or Byron Nelson David Gamble Troy Millington Alana DeLong
Calgary-Foothills Jim Prentice Ali Bin Zahid Jim Prentice
Calgary-Greenway Manmeet Bhullar Manmeet Bhullar
Calgary-Hawkwood Jason Luan Jae Shim Beth Barberee Jason Luan
Calgary-Hays Ric McIver Wayne Anderson Ric McIver
Calgary-Lougheed Dave Rodney Mihai Ion Dave Rodney
Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill Neil Brown, Gary Milan, Richard Poon or Ako Ufodike Kathy Macdonald Neil Brown
Calgary-McCall Hardyal "Happy" Singh Mann Avinash Khangura Najeeb Butt or Irfan Sabir Darshan Kang
Calgary-North West Sandra Jensen Christopher Blatch Sandra Jansen
Calgary-Northern Hills Teresa Woo-Paw Teresa Woo-Paw
Calgary-Shaw Jeff Wilson Brad Leishman Graham Sucha Jeff Wilson
Calgary-South East Rick Fraser Rick Fraser
Calgary-West Mike Ellis Gerard Lucyshyn Mike Ellis
Chestermere-Rocky View Bruce McAllister or Jamie Lall Leela Aheer Bruce McAllister

Southern Alberta[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
Wildrose Liberal NDP Alberta
Airdrie Peter Brown Rob Anderson
Banff-Cochrane Ron Casey Scott Wagner Cam Westhead Ron Casey
Cardston-Taber-Warner Gary Bikman or Brian Brewin Paul Hinman Aaron Haugen Gary Bikman
Cypress-Medicine Hat Danny Fieldberg Drew Barnes Bev Waege Drew Barnes
Highwood Danielle Smith or Carrie Fischer Wayne Anderson Joel Windsor Danielle Smith
Lethbridge-East Tammy Perlich William West Maria Fitzpatrick Bridget Pastoor
Lethbridge-West Greg Weadick Shannon Phillips Greg Weadick
Little Bow Ian Donovan Bev Muendel-Atherstone Ian Donovan
Livingstone-Macleod Evan Berger Pat Stier Aileen Burke Pat Stier
Medicine Hat Blake Pedersen Dustin Nau or Val Olson Jason Soklofske Blake Pedersen
Strathmore-Brooks Molly Douglass Derek Fildebrandt Jason Hale


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