27th Alberta Legislature

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27th Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
2008 – 2012
Parliament leaders
Ed Stelmach
(Stelmach cabinet)
December 14, 2006 – October 7, 2011
Alison Redford
(Redford cabinet)
7 Oct. 2011 – 23 Mar. 2014
Leader of the
David Swann
December 15, 2008 – September 10, 2011
Raj Sherman
September 12, 2011 – April 23, 2012
Party caucuses
GovernmentProgressive Conservative Association
OppositionLiberal Party
Third partiesWildrose Party
New Democratic Party
UnrecognizedAlberta Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Ken Kowalski
April 14, 1997 – May 23, 2012
House Leader
Dave Hancock
12 Mar. 2008 – 15 Sep. 2014
Members83 MLA seats
MonarchElizabeth II
6 Feb. 1952 – present
Hon. Norman Kwong
January 20, 2005 – May 11, 2010
Hon. Donald Ethell
11 May 2010 – present
1st Session
14 Apr. 2008 – 4 Dec. 2008
2nd Session
10 Feb. 2009 – 26 Nov. 2009
3rd Session
4 Feb. 2010 – 2 Dec. 2010
4th Session
22 Feb. 2011 – 8 Dec. 2011
5th Session
7 Feb. 2012 – 22 Mar. 2012
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The 27th Alberta Legislative Assembly was constituted after the 2008 Alberta general election on March 3, 2008. The Progressive Conservatives led by Premier Ed Stelmach increased the size of his majority.

Election aftermath[edit]

The result of the 2008 election resulted in the Progressive Conservative party strengthening their ranks and picking up many districts. The results had fooled most of the pundits who were predicting quite the opposite.

Premier Ed Stelmach shuffled the Cabinet on March 13, 2008. The more notable members of his cabinet included Ron Liepert, Lindsay Blackett and Mel Knight. The opposition criticized Stelmach for not reducing the size of cabinet which had become bloated to record levels.

1st Session[edit]

The 1st Session of the 27th Alberta Legislature began on April 14, 2008 with the re-election of Ken Kowalski as speaker of the assembly defeating Laurie Blakeman on the first ballot.[1]

The first throne speech during the assembly was read by Normie Kwong the next day. The 1st session was marked by a number of initiatives that cast the government in a negative light.

Membership in the 27th Alberta Legislative Assembly[edit]

Member Party Constituency
  Cindy Ady Progressive Conservative Calgary-Shaw
  Ken Allred Progressive Conservative St. Albert
  Moe Amery Progressive Conservative Calgary-East
  Rob Anderson Progressive Conservative Airdrie-Chestermere
  Wildrose Alliance
  Carl Benito Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Mill Woods
  Evan Berger Progressive Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
  Naresh Bhardwaj Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Ellerslie
  Manmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Calgary-Montrose
  Lindsay Blackett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North West
  Laurie Blakeman Liberal Edmonton-Centre
  Guy Boutilier Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
     Independent Wildrose Alliance
  Neil Brown Progressive Conservative Calgary-Nose Hill
  Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative Lesser Slave Lake
  Robin Campbell Progressive Conservative West Yellowhead
  Wayne Cao Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fort
  Harry B. Chase Liberal Calgary-Varsity
  Cal Dallas Progressive Conservative Red Deer South
  Ray Danyluk Progressive Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul
  Alana DeLong Progressive Conservative Calgary-Bow
  Jonathan Denis Progressive Conservative Calgary-Egmont
  Arno Doerksen Progressive Conservative Strathmore-Brooks
  Wayne Drysdale Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Wapiti
  Doug Elniski Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Calder
  Iris Evans Progressive Conservative Sherwood Park
  Kyle Fawcett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North Hill
  Heather Forsyth Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
  Wildrose Alliance
  Yvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative Calgary-Cross
  Hector Goudreau Progressive Conservative Dunvegan
  Doug Griffiths Progressive Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
  George Groeneveld Progressive Conservative Highwood
  David Hancock Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Whitemud
  Jack Hayden Progressive Conservative Drumheller-Stettler
  Kent Hehr Liberal Calgary-Buffalo
  Ron Stevens Progressive Conservative Calgary-Glenmore
  Paul Hinman Wildrose Alliance
  Fred Horne Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Rutherford
  Doug Horner Progressive Conservative Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
  Mary Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative Red Deer North
  Broyce Jacobs Progressive Conservative Cardston-Taber-Warner
  Jeff Johnson Progressive Conservative Athabasca-Redwater
  Arthur Johnston Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hays
  Darshan Kang Liberal Calgary-McCall
  Heather Klimchuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Glenora
  Mel Knight Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Smoky
  Ken Kowalski Progressive Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
  Genia Leskiw Progressive Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
  Ron Liepert Progressive Conservative Calgary West
  Fred Lindsay Progressive Conservative Stony Plain
  Thomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Castle Downs
  Ty Lund Progressive Conservative Rocky Mountain House
  Hugh MacDonald Liberal Edmonton-Gold Bar
  Barry McFarland Progressive Conservative Little Bow
  Diana McQueen Progressive Conservative Drayton Valley-Calmar
  Richard Marz Progressive Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
     Brian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
  Leonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
  Ted Morton Progressive Conservative Foothills-Rocky View
     Rachel Notley NDP Edmonton Strathcona
  Frank Oberle Progressive Conservative Peace River
  Verlyn Olson Progressive Conservative Wetaskiwin-Camrose
  Luke Ouellette Progressive Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
  Bridget Pastoor Liberal Lethbridge-East
  Progressive Conservative
  Ray Prins Progressive Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
  Dave Quest Progressive Conservative Strathcona
  Alison Redford Progressive Conservative Calgary-Elbow
  Rob Renner Progressive Conservative Medicine Hat
  David Rodney Progressive Conservative Calgary Lougheed
  George Rogers Progressive Conservative Leduc-Beaumont-Devon
  Peter Sandhu Progressive Conservative Edmonton Manning
  Janice Sarich Progressive Conservative Edmonton Decore
  Raj Sherman Progressive Conservative Edmonton Meadowlark
     Independent Liberal
  Lloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative Vermilion-Lloydminster
  Ed Stelmach Progressive Conservative Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  David Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
  Kevin Taft Liberal Edmonton-Riverview
  Janis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative Banff-Cochrane
  Dave Taylor Liberal Calgary-Currie
  Alberta Party
  George VanderBurg Progressive Conservative Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
  Tony Vandermeer Progressive Conservative Edmonton Beverly Clareview
  Greg Weadick Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-West
  Len Webber Progressive Conservative Calgary Foothills
  Teresa Woo-Paw Progressive Conservative Calgary Mackay
  David Xiao Progressive Conservative Edmonton McClung
  Gene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative Edmonton Mill Creek

Seating plan[edit]

Allred Sandhu Xiao Anderson Forsyth Leskiw
McQueen Fawcett Dallas Denis Johnson Doerksen Quest Taft Pastoor Chase Kang
Cao Mitzel Johnston Weadick Drysdale Brown Vandermeer MacDonald Taylor Swann Blakeman Hehr Mason Notley
Ady Groenveld Redford Ouellette Knight Horner Evans Snelgrove Stelmach Hancock Liepert Renner Zwozdesky Tarchuk Goudreau Morton Lindsay
Boutilier Marz Olson Rogers Webber Klimchuk Blackett Campbell Oberle Fritz Hayden Danyluk Jablonski Prins Horne Sarich
Berger Lund VanderBurg McFarland Rodney Bhardwaj Woo-Paw Bhullar DeLong Griffiths Lukaszuk Calahasen Sherman Elniski Amery Benito Jacobs

Official Seating Plan (Retrieved December 9, 2009)

Standings changes during the 27th Assembly[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Mar 3 May 15 Jul 18 Sep 14 Jan 4 Apr 12 Jun 24 Oct 25 Nov 22 Jan 24 Mar 15 Sep 12 Nov 21 Jan 27 Mar
  Progressive Conservative 72 71 70 68 67 68 67 66
Liberal 9 8 9 8
  Wildrose 0 1 3 4
     NDP 2
  Alberta Party 0 1
     Independent 0 1 2 1 2 1 0 1
     Independent Liberal 0 12 0
     Independent Wildrose Alliance 0 11 0
Total members 83 82 83 82
Vacant 0 1 0 1
Government Majority 61 60 58 57 53 51 53 51 50
  1. Guy Boutilier began caucusing with the Wildrose Alliance on June 24, 2010 but kept independent status due to a $40,000.00 difference in private members research funding.[2]
  2. Raj Sherman joined the Liberal party, but did not officially join the Liberal caucus, however, he did become the Liberal leader on September 10, 2011.
Membership changes in the 27th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  March 3, 2008 See List of Members Election day of the 27th Alberta general election
  May 15, 2009 Ron Stevens Calgary-Glenmore Progressive Conservative Resigned seat to accept a judicial appointment.
     July 18, 2009 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Independent Removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus.
  September 14, 2009 Paul Hinman Calgary-Glenmore Wildrose Alliance Elected in a by-election.
  January 4, 2010 Rob Anderson Airdrie-Chestermere Wildrose Alliance Crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservative caucus
  January 4, 2010 Heather Forsyth Calgary-Fish Creek Wildrose Alliance Crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservative caucus
     April 12, 2010 Dave Taylor Calgary-Currie Independent Left Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent.
     June 24, 2010 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Independent Wildrose Alliance Joined the Wildrose Alliance as an Independent.[2]
  October 25, 2010 Guy Boutilier Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Wildrose Alliance Fully joined Wildrose Alliance caucus
     November 22, 2010 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Independent Removed from Progressive Conservative caucus
  January 24, 2011 Dave Taylor Calgary-Currie Alberta Party Joined Alberta Party
     March 15, 2011 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Independent Liberal Joined the Liberal Party, but not the caucus.
  June 26, 2011 See List of Members Wildrose Caucus name changed from Wildrose Alliance to Wildrose
  September 12, 2011 Raj Sherman Edmonton-Meadowlark Liberal Joined the Liberal caucus.[3]
  November 21, 2011 Bridget Pastoor Lethbridge-East Progressive Conservative Crossed the floor from the Liberal caucus[4]
     January 27, 2012 Lloyd Snelgrove Vermilion-Lloydminster Independent Left the Progressive Conservative caucus due to issues with Premier Redford.[5]
  March 2012 Richard Marz Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Progressive Conservative Vacated seat[6]


  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Alberta: The 27th Legislature, Hansard" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. April 14, 2008. pp. 1–2.
  2. ^ a b "MLA delays joining Wildrose due to funding". CBC News. July 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Liberal leader Sherman now caucus member". CBC News. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Cryderman, Kelly (November 21, 2011). "Lethbridge MLA Pastoor crosses floor to join Conservatives". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Snelgrove resigns from Tory caucus". Edmonton Journal. January 27, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Contact Information for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved March 21, 2012.

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