Alberta Liberal Party leadership election, 2008

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The 2008 Alberta Liberal leadership election was held on December 12, 2008, to select a leader of the Alberta Liberal Party.[1] Incumbent leader Kevin Taft announced his resignation June 2008, in the wake of the March provincial election in which the Liberals lost seven of their sixteen seats.[2]


Candidates had until September 30 to file nomination papers.[1] Three candidates announced their intentions to run:

Speculated candidates[edit]

Hugh MacDonald, Edmonton-Gold Bar MLA since 1997, was at one time considering a candidacy.[3] Laurie Blakeman, MLA for Edmonton Centre since 1997 and Liberal House Leader, had been widely expected to run but in August announced that she would not do so, citing the financial cost of a candidacy. She said that she would not be endorsing a candidate.[4] Other Liberals to publicly decline to run included Calgary mayor Dave Bronconnier and former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, both of whom announced their intentions immediately following Taft's resignation,[5] and former Edmonton-Rutherford MLA Rick Miller, who expressed concern that, with the next provincial election presumably so far off, he wouldn't have a seat in the legislature for three and a half years after being elected leader.[3]


David Swann was elected leader of the Alberta Liberal Party on the first ballot, receiving more than half of the total votes cast.[6]

Candidate Votes Percentage
Swann 2,468 54.0%
Taylor 1,616 35.3%
Elsalhy 491 10.7%
Total 4,575 100.0%


  1. ^ a b c Fekete, Jason (August 21, 2008). "Swann dives into Grit race". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Nease, Kristy (August 12, 2008). "Liberal candidate’s plane problems scuttles McMurray trip". Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b Fekete, Jason (August 19, 2008). "Liberals to reveal leadership intentions". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  4. ^ Beauchesne, Erika (August 19, 2008). "Blakeman decides not to run for Liberal leadership". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  5. ^ McLean, Archie (June 27, 2008). "Four MLAs throw hats in Liberal ring". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  6. ^ "New Alberta Liberal leader promises change to rescue ailing party". The Canadian Press. December 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13.