The members of the 26th Legislature were elected in the
26th Alberta general election held on November 22, 2004. In the list below, cabinet members' names are bolded; leaders of official parties are italicized.
This legislature had the distinction of being addressed by
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, to help celebrate Alberta's centennial. [1 ]
Party standings after 26th General Elections [ edit ]
Dan Backs Independent
Edmonton Manning Elected as a Liberal, expelled from
caucus in November 2006
Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
Lesser Slave Lake
Harry B. Chase
Ralph Klein in a by-election June 12, 2007.
Lac La Biche-St. Paul
Victor Doerksen Progressive Conservative
Red Deer South
Denis Ducharme Progressive Conservative
Clint Dunford Progressive Conservative
Grande Prairie Wapiti
Doug Griffiths Progressive Conservative
George Groeneveld Progressive Conservative
Carol Haley Progressive Conservative
David Hancock Progressive Conservative
Jack Hayden Progressive Conservative
Shirley McClellan in a by-election June 12, 2007.
Denis Herard Progressive Conservative
Cardston-Taber-Warner The Alberta Alliance Party was dissolved, and the Wildrose Alliance Party was formed in early 2008
Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
Mary Anne Jablonski
Calgary-Elbow Resigned as Premier December 14, 2006 and from legislature January 15, 2007; succeeded by
Craig Cheffins as MLA for Calgary-Elbow and by Ed Stelmach as Premier.
Ken Kowalski †
Rocky Mountain House
Calgary-Mackay Resigned November 2007; seat left vacant until the 2008 election
Edmonton Highlands Norwood
Edmonton Mill Woods
Shirley McClellan Progressive Conservative
Drumheller-Stettler Resigned January 15, 2007, succeeded by
Barry McFarland Progressive Conservative
Greg Melchin Progressive Conservative
Calgary North West
Bruce Miller Liberal
Richard Miller Liberal
Leonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative
Strathmore-Brooks Suspended from P.C. caucus March 22, 2006; re-admitted July 25, 2006.
George Rogers Progressive Conservative
Shiraz Shariff Progressive Conservative
Lloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative
Ed Stelmach Progressive Conservative
Ron Stevens Progressive Conservative
Ivan Strang Progressive Conservative
Calgary Mountain View
Maurice Tougas Liberal
George VanderBurg Progressive Conservative
Len Webber Progressive Conservative
Gene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative
Edmonton Mill Creek
Alberta Court of Appeal declared Thomas Lukaszuk the victor more than two months after the election. The election-night vote count had given Chris Kibermanis of the Liberals a five-vote win, but the judicial recount gave Lukaszuk a three-vote margin of victory.
A party requires four seats to have official party status in the legislature. Parties with fewer than four seats are not entitled to party funding although their members will usually be permitted to sit together in the chamber.
Notable events [ edit ]
centennial occurred during the 26th Legislature, on September 1, 2005. Earlier that year, on May 24, 2005, Elizabeth II made an official visit to the province in commemoration of the centennial. [2 ] On March 1, 2006, premier
Ralph Klein announced a series of controversial health care reforms which involved allowing greater levels of privatization in Alberta's public health care system. Later that day, the premier received significant media attention after throwing a book at a 17-year-old page. On March 15, 2006, and throughout the year, the Legislative Assembly celebrated the centennial of the first sitting of the Legislature.
On April 6, 2006,
Ted Morton introduced the controversial Bill 208, Protection of Fundamental Freedoms (Marriage) Statutes Amendment Act, 2006. Critics maintained that the bill removed limitations on free speech where homosexual individuals were concerned, potentially removing recourse for verbal abuse and discrimination. The bill died on the order paper on May 18, 2006.
Standings changes during the 26th Assembly [ edit ]
Number of members
per party by date 2004
Progressive Conservative 61
Wildrose Alliance 0
Alberta Alliance 1
February 2, 2005
Chris Kibermanis, Edmonton Castle Downs removed from office after a judicial recount. February 2, 2005
Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton Castle Downs becomes the MLA by court order. March 22, 2006
Lyle Oberg, Strathmore-Brooks suspended from the Progressive Conservative caucus July 25, 2006 Lyle Oberg, Strathmore-Brooks rejoins the Progressive Conservatives
January 15, 2007
Ralph Klein, Calgary-Elbow resigns January 15, 2007
Shirley McClellan, Drumheller-Stettler resigns June 12, 2007
Craig Cheffins, Calgary-Elbow elected in by-election June 12, 2007
Jack Hayden, Drumheller-Stettler elected in by-election November 20, 2006
Dan Backs, Edmonton Manning was expelled from the Liberal caucus. September 27, 2007
Gary Mar, Calgary Mackay resigns to accept a government appointment. January 19, 2008
Paul Hinman, Cardston-Taber-Warner forms the Wildrose Alliance caucus.
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