29th Alberta general election
|Alberta's 87 electoral districts|
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. The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCs) holds a majority in the current Assembly.
- 1 Background
- 2 Current standings
- 3 MLAs not running again
- 4 Opinion polls
- 5 Timeline
- 6 Nominated candidates
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. On September 4, 2014, the PCs became longest serving political dynasty in Canadian history, at 43 years, 5 days.
|Progressive Conservative||Jim Prentice||61||70|
|Wildrose||Heather Forsyth (interim)||17||5|
|Liberal||David Swann (interim)||5||5|
|New Democratic||Rachel Notley||4||4|
MLAs not running again
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|
- April 23, 2012: The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCs) win the 28th Alberta general election, and the Wildrose Party the second most, for the first time forming the official opposition.
- May 3, 2012: Results become official.
- May 23, 2012: The 28th Alberta Legislative Assembly sits.
- May 14, 2013: The Separation Party of Alberta changes back to the Alberta First Party name it abandoned in 2004.
- May 14, 2013: Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu resigns from the PC caucus.
- July 16, 2013: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen quits the PC caucus after being arrested in the US on a soliciting for prostitution charge.
- December 10, 2013: Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu rejoins the PC caucus.
- March 12, 2014: After an expense scandal involving Premier Redford's trip to the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Calgary-Foothills MLA Len Webber leaves the PC caucus to sit as an independent.
- March 17, 2014: Calgary-Varsity MLA and Associate Minister for Electricity and Renewable Energy Donna Kennedy-Glans leaves the PC caucus to sit as an independent.
- March 20, 2014: Alison Redford resigns as leader of the PCs, and Dave Hancock is named interim leader.
- March 23, 2014: Redford's resignation as premier comes into effect and Deputy Premier and Edmonton-Whitemud MLA Dave Hancock is sworn in as Premier.
- April 29, 2014: An NDP leadership election is initiated when leader Brian Mason announces his pending resignation as leader.
- July 7, 2014: Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen is admitted back into the PC caucus after a caucus vote.
- August 6, 2014: PC MLA Alison Redford resigns her Calgary-Elbow seat.
- September 6, 2014: In the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership election Jim Prentice is elected leader.
- September 15, 2014: Dave Hancock resigns as premier and his Edmonton-Whitemud seat. Jim Prentice is sworn in as premier.
- September 17, 2014: Donna Kennedy-Glans requests, and is accepted back into, the Progressive Conservative caucus.
- September 29, 2014: Independent MLA Len Webber resigns his Calgary-Foothills seat, PC MLA Ken Hughes resigns his Calgary-West seat, and four by-elections are called.
- October 18, 2014: At an Alberta NDP convention Rachel Notley is chosen party leader.
- October 27, 2014: Four PC MLAs are elected in by-elections, Gordon Dirks in Calgary-Elbow, Jim Prentice in Calgary-Foothills, Mike Ellis in Calgary-West, and Stephen Mandel in Edmonton-Whitemud.
- November 2, 2014: Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Joe Anglin leaves the Wildrose caucus to sit as an independent.
- November 24, 2014: Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Kerry Towle and Little Bow MLA Ian Donovan leave the Wildrose Party and join the PCs.
- December 17, 2014: Nine Wildrose Party MLAs, including leader Danielle Smith and House Leader Rob Anderson cross the floor to join the PCs.
- December 21, 2014: Heather Forsyth is named interim leader of the Wildrose Party.
- January 26, 2015: Raj Sherman resigns as leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, and PC MLA Doug Griffiths resigns from his Battle River-Wainwright seat.
- January 31, 2015: PC MLA Doug Horner resigns his Spruce Grove-St. Albert seat.
- February 1, 2015: David Swann is named interim leader of the Alberta Liberal Party.
- March 28, 2015: Wildrose Party leadership election
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Bold indicates cabinet members, and party leaders are italicized.
|Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater||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|
|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|
|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
|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
|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|
|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†|
|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|
|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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