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
Government Progressive Conservative Association
Opposition Liberal Party
Third parties Wildrose Party
New Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Ken Kowalski
April 14, 1997 – May 23, 2012
House Leader
Dave Hancock
12 Mar. 2008 – 15 Sep. 2014
Members 83 MLA seats
Monarch Elizabeth 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
  Ady, CindyCindy Ady Progressive Conservative Calgary-Shaw
  Allred, KenKen Allred Progressive Conservative St. Albert
  Amery, MoeMoe Amery Progressive Conservative Calgary-East
  Anderson, RobRob Anderson Progressive Conservative Airdrie-Chestermere
  Wildrose Alliance
  Benito, CarlCarl Benito Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Mill Woods
  Berger, EvanEvan Berger Progressive Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
  Bhardwaj, NareshNaresh Bhardwaj Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Ellerslie
  Bhullar, ManmeetManmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Calgary-Montrose
  Blackett, LindsayLindsay Blackett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North West
  Blakeman, LaurieLaurie Blakeman Liberal Edmonton-Centre
  Boutilier, GuyGuy Boutilier Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
     Independent Wildrose Alliance
  Brown, NeilNeil Brown Progressive Conservative Calgary-Nose Hill
  Calahasen, PearlPearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative Lesser Slave Lake
  Campbell, RobinRobin Campbell Progressive Conservative West Yellowhead
  Cao, WayneWayne Cao Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fort
  Chase, Harry B.Harry B. Chase Liberal Calgary-Varsity
  Dallas, CalCal Dallas Progressive Conservative Red Deer South
  Danyluk, RayRay Danyluk Progressive Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul
  DeLong, AlanaAlana DeLong Progressive Conservative Calgary-Bow
  Denis, JonathanJonathan Denis Progressive Conservative Calgary-Egmont
  Doerksen, ArnoArno Doerksen Progressive Conservative Strathmore-Brooks
  Drysdale, WayneWayne Drysdale Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Wapiti
  Elniski, DougDoug Elniski Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Calder
  Evans, IrisIris Evans Progressive Conservative Sherwood Park
  Fawcett, KyleKyle Fawcett Progressive Conservative Calgary-North Hill
  Forsyth, HeatherHeather Forsyth Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
  Wildrose Alliance
  Fritz, YvonneYvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative Calgary-Cross
  Goudreau, HectorHector Goudreau Progressive Conservative Dunvegan
  Griffiths, DougDoug Griffiths Progressive Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
  Groeneveld, GeorgeGeorge Groeneveld Progressive Conservative Highwood
  Hancock, DavidDavid Hancock Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Whitemud
  Hayden, JackJack Hayden Progressive Conservative Drumheller-Stettler
  Hehr, KentKent Hehr Liberal Calgary-Buffalo
  Stevens, RonRon Stevens Progressive Conservative Calgary-Glenmore
  Hinman, PaulPaul Hinman Wildrose Alliance
  Horne, FredFred Horne Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Rutherford
  Horner, DougDoug Horner Progressive Conservative Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
  Jablonski, Mary AnneMary Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative Red Deer North
  Jacobs, BroyceBroyce Jacobs Progressive Conservative Cardston-Taber-Warner
  Johnson, JeffJeff Johnson Progressive Conservative Athabasca-Redwater
  Johnston, ArthurArthur Johnston Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hays
  Kang, DarshanDarshan Kang Liberal Calgary-McCall
  Klimchuk, HeatherHeather Klimchuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Glenora
  Knight, MelMel Knight Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie Smoky
  Kowalski, KenKen Kowalski Progressive Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
  Leskiw, GeniaGenia Leskiw Progressive Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
  Liepert, RonRon Liepert Progressive Conservative Calgary West
  Lindsay, FredFred Lindsay Progressive Conservative Stony Plain
  Lukaszuk, ThomasThomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Castle Downs
  Lund, TyTy Lund Progressive Conservative Rocky Mountain House
  MacDonald, HughHugh MacDonald Liberal Edmonton-Gold Bar
  McFarland, BarryBarry McFarland Progressive Conservative Little Bow
  McQueen, DianaDiana McQueen Progressive Conservative Drayton Valley-Calmar
  Marz, RichardRichard Marz Progressive Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
     Mason, BrianBrian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
  Mitzel, LeonardLeonard Mitzel Progressive Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
  Morton, TedTed Morton Progressive Conservative Foothills-Rocky View
     Notley, RachelRachel Notley NDP Edmonton Strathcona
  Oberle, FrankFrank Oberle Progressive Conservative Peace River
  Olson, VerlynVerlyn Olson Progressive Conservative Wetaskiwin-Camrose
  Ouellette, LukeLuke Ouellette Progressive Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
  Pastoor, BridgetBridget Pastoor Liberal Lethbridge-East
  Progressive Conservative
  Prins, RayRay Prins Progressive Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
  Quest, DaveDave Quest Progressive Conservative Strathcona
  Redford, AlisonAlison Redford Progressive Conservative Calgary-Elbow
  Renner, RobRob Renner Progressive Conservative Medicine Hat
  Rodney, DavidDavid Rodney Progressive Conservative Calgary Lougheed
  Rogers, GeorgeGeorge Rogers Progressive Conservative Leduc-Beaumont-Devon
  Sandhu, PeterPeter Sandhu Progressive Conservative Edmonton Manning
  Sarich, JaniceJanice Sarich Progressive Conservative Edmonton Decore
  Sherman, RajRaj Sherman Progressive Conservative Edmonton Meadowlark
     Independent Liberal
  Snelgrove, LloydLloyd Snelgrove Progressive Conservative Vermilion-Lloydminster
  Stelmach, EdEd Stelmach Progressive Conservative Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  Swann, DavidDavid Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
  Taft, KevinKevin Taft Liberal Edmonton-Riverview
  Tarchuk, JanisJanis Tarchuk Progressive Conservative Banff-Cochrane
  Taylor, DaveDave Taylor Liberal Calgary-Currie
  Alberta Party
  VanderBurg, GeorgeGeorge VanderBurg Progressive Conservative Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
  Vandermeer, TonyTony Vandermeer Progressive Conservative Edmonton Beverly Clareview
  Weadick, GregGreg Weadick Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-West
  Webber, LenLen Webber Progressive Conservative Calgary Foothills
  Woo-Paw, TeresaTeresa Woo-Paw Progressive Conservative Calgary Mackay
  Xiao, DavidDavid Xiao Progressive Conservative Edmonton McClung
  Zwozdesky, GeneGene 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. 
  6. ^ "Contact Information for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 

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