Alberta general election, 1997

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Alberta general election, 1997
Alberta
1993 ←
members
March 11, 1997 (1997-03-11) → 2001
members

83 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
42 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 53.75%
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Ralph-Klein-Szmurlo.jpg LIB NDP
Leader Ralph Klein Grant Mitchell Pam Barrett
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since December 14, 1992 November 13, 1994 1996
Leader's seat Calgary-Elbow Edmonton-McClung Edmonton-Highlands
Last election 51 seats, 44.5% 32 seats, 39.7% 0 seats, 11.0%
Seats before 52 31 0
Seats won 63 18 2
Seat change +11 -13 +2
Popular vote 483,914 309,748 83,292
Percentage 51.2% 32.8% 8.8%
Swing +6.7 -6.9% -2.2%

Premier before election

Ralph Klein
Progressive Conservative

Elected Premier

Ralph Klein
Progressive Conservative

The Alberta general election of 1997 was the twenty-fourth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on March 11, 1997 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Ralph Klein's second election as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party was considerably more successful than his first. The PC Party won over half the popular vote, and 63 of the 83 seats in the legislature for its eighth consecutive term in government.

The Liberal Party of Grant Mitchell lost about 7% of the popular vote it had won in the 1993 election. The party's legislative caucus was reduced from 32 members to 18.

Pam Barrett led the New Democratic Party back into the legislature with two seats (both in Edmonton), despite winning an even smaller share of the popular vote than in 1993.

The Social Credit Party also re-emerged, but did not win any seats.

Results[edit]

Overall voter turnout was 53.75%.[1]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1993 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Progressive Conservative
Ralph Klein
83 51 63 +23.5% 483,914 51.17% +6.68%
Liberal
Grant Mitchell
83 32 18 -43.8% 309,748 32.75% -6.98%
     New Democrats
Pam Barrett
77 - 2   83,292 8.81% -2.20%
     Social Credit
Randy Thorsteinson
70 - - - 64,667 6.84% +4.43%
     Natural Law
Maury Shapka
16 - - - 1,303 0.14% -0.37%
Greens
David Parker
7 - - - 1,039 0.11% -0.09%
     Independent 6 - - - 1,092 0.11% -0.82%
     Forum
William Finn
4 * - * 597 0.06% *
     Communist
Naomi Rankin
1 - - - 61 0.01% x
Total 347 83 83 - 945,713 100%
 
Source: Elections Alberta

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote

Members elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

24th Alberta Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
     Athabasca-Wabasca Mike Cardinal Progressive Conservative
     Airdrie-Rocky View Carol Haley Progressive Conservative
     Banff-Cochrane Janis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative
     Barrhead-Westlock Ken Kowalski Progressive Conservative
     Bonnyville-Cold Lake Denis Ducharme Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Bow Bonnie Laing Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Buffalo Gary Dickson Liberal
     Calgary-Cross Yvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Currie Jocelyn Burgener Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-East Moe Amery Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Egmont Denis Herard Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Elbow Ralph Klein Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Fish Creek Heather Forsyth Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Foothills Pat Black1 Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Fort Wayne Cao Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Glenmore Ron Stevens Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Lougheed Marlene Graham Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-McCall Shiraz Shariff Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Montrose Hung Pham Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Mountain View Mark Hlady Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-North Hill Richard Magnus Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-North West Greg Melchin Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Nose Creek Gary Mar Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Shaw Jon Havelock Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-Varsity Murray Smith Progressive Conservative
     Calgary-West Karen Kryczka Progressive Conservative
     Cardston-Taber-Warner Ron Hierath Progressive Conservative
     Clover Bar-Fort Saskatchewan Rob Lougheed Progressive Conservative
     Cypress-Medicine Hat Lorne Taylor Progressive Conservative
     Drayton Valley-Calmar Tom Thurber Progressive Conservative
     Drumheller-Chinook Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative
     Dunvegan Glen Clegg Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview Julius Yankowsky Progressive Conservative
     Edmonton-Calder Lance White Liberal
     Edmonton-Castle Downs Pamela Paul Liberal
     Edmonton-Centre Laurie Blakeman Liberal
     Edmonton-Ellerslie Debby Carlson Liberal
     Edmonton-Glengarry Bill Bonner Liberal
     Edmonton-Glenora Howard Sapers Liberal
     Edmonton-Gold Bar Hugh MacDonald Liberal
     Edmonton-Highlands Pam Barrett NDP
     Edmonton-Manning Ed Gibbons Liberal
     Edmonton-McClung Grant Mitchell Liberal
     Edmonton-Meadowlark Karen Leibovici Liberal
     Edmonton-Mill Creek Gene Zwozdesky Liberal
     Edmonton-Mill Woods Don Massey Liberal
     Edmonton-Norwood Sue Olsen Liberal
     Edmonton-Riverview Linda Sloan Liberal
     Edmonton-Rutherford Percy Wickman Liberal
     Edmonton-Strathcona Raj Pannu NDP
     Edmonton-Whitemud David Hancock Progressive Conservative
     Fort McMurray Guy C. Boutilier Progressive Conservative
     Grande Prairie-Smoky Walter Paszkowski Progressive Conservative
     Grande Prairie-Wapiti Wayne Jacques Progressive Conservative
     Highwood Don Tannas Progressive Conservative
     Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Gary Severtson Progressive Conservative
     Lac La Biche-St. Paul Paul Langevin Progressive Conservative
     Lacombe-Stettler Judy Gordon Progressive Conservative
     Lesser Slave Lake Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative
     Leduc Albert Klapstein Progressive Conservative
     Lethbridge-East Ken Nicol Liberal
     Lethbridge-West Clint Dunford Progressive Conservative
     Little Bow Barry McFarland Progressive Conservative
     Livingstone-Macleod David Coutts Progressive Conservative
     Medicine Hat Rob Renner Progressive Conservative
     Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Richard Marz Progressive Conservative
     Peace River Gary Friedel Progressive Conservative
     Ponoka-Rimbey Halvar Jonson Progressive Conservative
     Red Deer-North Stockwell Day Progressive Conservative
     Red Deer-South Victor Doerksen Progressive Conservative
     Redwater Dave Broda Progressive Conservative
     Rocky Mountain House Ty Lund Progressive Conservative
     Sherwood Park Iris Evans Progressive Conservative
     St. Albert Mary O'Neill Progressive Conservative
     Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert Colleen Soetaert Liberal
     Stony Plain Stan Woloshyn Progressive Conservative
     Strathmore-Brooks Lyle Oberg Progressive Conservative
     Vegreville-Viking Ed Stelmach Progressive Conservative
     Vermilion-Lloydminster Steve West Progressive Conservative
     Wainwright Robert Fischer Progressive Conservative
     West Yellowhead Ivan Strang Progressive Conservative
     Wetaskiwin-Camrose LeRoy Johnson Progressive Conservative
     Whitecourt-Ste. Anne Peter Trynchy Progressive Conservative

Note:

  • 1 Pat Black later changed her last name to Nelson.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election Alberta (July 28, 2008). 2008 General Report. p. 158. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 

External links[edit]