Legislative Assembly of Alberta

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
29th Alberta Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded September 9, 1905 (1905-09-09)
Preceded by North-West Legislative Assembly
Leadership
Bob Wanner, NDP
Since June 11, 2015
Rachel Notley, NDP
Since May 24, 2015
Government House Leader
Brian Mason, NDP
Since May 24, 2015
Nathan Cooper, UCP
Since July 24, 2017
Opposition House Leader
Richard Gotfried, UCP
Since July 25, 2017
Structure
Seats 87
Alberta Legislative Assembly - Seating Plan (July 25, 2017 - Present).svg
Political groups

Government

Official Opposition:

Other Parties:

Elections
Last election
May 5, 2015
Next election
May 31, 2019 or earlier
Meeting place
Edmonton leg.jpg
Legislature Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Website
www.assembly.ab.ca
The Legislature grounds from the roof of the building.
Alberta Legislature Building

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta is one of two components of the Legislature of Alberta, the other being Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.[1] The Alberta legislature meets in the Alberta Legislature Building in the provincial capital, Edmonton. The Legislative Assembly consists of 87 members, elected first past the post from single-member electoral districts.

The maximum period between general elections of the assembly, as set by the country's Constitution, is five years,[2] but the premier controls the date of election and usually selects a date in the fourth or fifth year after the preceding election. Since 2011, Alberta has fixed election date legislation, fixing the election to a date between March 1 and May 31 in the fourth calendar year following the preceding election.[3] Alberta has never had a minority government, so an election as a result of a vote of no confidence has never occurred.

To be a candidate for election to the assembly, a person must be a Canadian citizen older than 18 who has lived in Alberta for at least six months before the election. Senators, senators in waiting, members of the House of Commons, and criminal inmates are ineligible.[4]

The currently seating assembly is 29th Alberta Legislative Assembly.

Current members[edit]

The current members of the Legislature were elected in the 29th Alberta general election held on May 5, 2015. Bold indicates cabinet members, and party leaders are italicized.

Member Party Constituency
  Pitt, AngelaAngela Pitt United Conservative Airdrie
  Piquette, ColinColin Piquette NDP Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater
  Westhead, CamCam Westhead NDP Banff-Cochrane
  van Dijken, GlennGlenn van Dijken United Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
  Taylor, WesWes Taylor United Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
  Cyr, ScottScott Cyr United Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
  Payne, BrandyBrandy Payne NDP Calgary-Acadia
  Drever, DeborahDeborah Drever NDP Calgary-Bow
  Ganley, KathleenKathleen Ganley NDP Calgary-Buffalo
  Miranda, RicardoRicardo Miranda NDP Calgary-Cross
  Malkinson, BrianBrian Malkinson NDP Calgary-Currie
  Luff, RobynRobyn Luff NDP Calgary-East
  Clark, GregGreg Clark Alberta Party Calgary-Elbow
  Gotfried, RichardRichard Gotfried United Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
  Panda, PrasadPrasad Panda United Conservative Calgary-Foothills
  Ceci, JoeJoe Ceci NDP Calgary-Fort
  Kazim, AnamAnam Kazim NDP Calgary-Glenmore
  Gill, PrabPrab Gill United Conservative Calgary-Greenway
  Connolly, MichaelMichael Connolly NDP Calgary-Hawkwood
  McIver, RicRic McIver United Conservative Calgary-Hays
  Coolahan, CraigCraig Coolahan NDP Calgary-Klein
  Rodney, DaveDave Rodney United Conservative Calgary-Lougheed
  McPherson, KarenKaren McPherson Independent Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill
  Sabir, IrfanIrfan Sabir NDP Calgary-McCall
  Swann, DavidDavid Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
  Jansen, SandraSandra Jansen NDP Calgary-North West
  Kleinsteuber, JamieJamie Kleinsteuber NDP Calgary-Northern Hills
  Sucha, GrahamGraham Sucha NDP Calgary-Shaw
  Fraser, RickRick Fraser Independent Calgary-South East
  McLean, StephanieStephanie McLean NDP Calgary-Varsity
  Ellis, MikeMike Ellis United Conservative Calgary-West
  Hunter, GrantGrant Hunter United Conservative Cardston-Taber-Warner
  Aheer, LeelaLeela Aheer United Conservative Chestermere-Rocky View
  Barnes, DrewDrew Barnes United Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
  Smith, MarkMark Smith United Conservative Drayton Valley-Devon
  Strankman, RickRick Strankman United Conservative Drumheller-Stettler
  McCuaig-Boyd, MargaretMargaret McCuaig-Boyd NDP Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley
  Bilous, DeronDeron Bilous NDP Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
  Eggen, DavidDavid Eggen NDP Edmonton-Calder
  Goehring, NicoleNicole Goehring NDP Edmonton-Castle Downs
  Shepherd, DavidDavid Shepherd NDP Edmonton-Centre
  Nielsen, ChrisChris Nielsen NDP Edmonton-Decore
  Loyola, RodRod Loyola NDP Edmonton-Ellerslie
  Hoffman, SarahSarah Hoffman NDP Edmonton-Glenora
  Schmidt, MarlinMarlin Schmidt NDP Edmonton-Gold Bar
  Mason, BrianBrian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
  Sweet, HeatherHeather Sweet NDP Edmonton-Manning
  Dach, LorneLorne Dach NDP Edmonton-McClung
  Carson, JonJon Carson NDP Edmonton-Meadowlark
  Woollard, DeniseDenise Woollard NDP Edmonton-Mill Creek
  Gray, ChristinaChristina Gray NDP Edmonton-Mill Woods
  Sigurdson, LoriLori Sigurdson NDP Edmonton-Riverview
  Feehan, RichardRichard Feehan NDP Edmonton-Rutherford
  Dang, ThomasThomas Dang NDP Edmonton-South West
  Notley, RachelRachel Notley NDP Edmonton-Strathcona
  Turner, BobBob Turner NDP Edmonton-Whitemud
  Jean, BrianBrian Jean United Conservative Fort McMurray-Conklin
  Yao, TanyTany Yao United Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
  Littlewood, JessicaJessica Littlewood NDP Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  Loewen, ToddTodd Loewen United Conservative Grande Prairie-Smoky
  Drysdale, WayneWayne Drysdale United Conservative Grande Prairie-Wapiti
  Anderson, WayneWayne Anderson United Conservative Highwood
  MacIntyre, DonDon MacIntyre United Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
  Hanson, DaveDave Hanson United Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills
  Orr, RonRon Orr United Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
  Anderson, ShayeShaye Anderson NDP Leduc-Beaumont
  Larivee, DanielleDanielle Larivee NDP Lesser Slave Lake
  Fitzpatrick, MariaMaria Fitzpatrick NDP Lethbridge-East
  Phillips, ShannonShannon Phillips NDP Lethbridge-West
  Schneider, DaveDave Schneider United Conservative Little Bow
  Stier, PatPat Stier United Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
  Wanner, BobBob Wanner NDP Medicine Hat
  Cooper, NathanNathan Cooper United Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
  Jabbour, DebbieDebbie Jabbour NDP Peace River
  Schreiner, KimKim Schreiner NDP Red Deer-North
  Miller, BarbBarb Miller NDP Red Deer-South
  Nixon, JasonJason Nixon United Conservative Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre
  McKitrick, AnnieAnnie McKitrick NDP Sherwood Park
  Horne, TrevorTrevor Horne NDP Spruce Grove-St. Albert
  Renaud, MarieMarie Renaud NDP St. Albert
  Babcock, ErinErin Babcock NDP Stony Plain
  Cortes-Vargas, EstefaniaEstefania Cortes-Vargas NDP Strathcona-Sherwood Park
  Fildebrandt, DerekDerek Fildebrandt Independent Strathmore-Brooks
  Starke, RichardRichard Starke Independent Vermilion-Lloydminster
  Rosendahl, EricEric Rosendahl NDP West Yellowhead
  Hinkley, BruceBruce Hinkley NDP Wetaskiwin-Camrose
  Carlier, OneilOneil Carlier NDP Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Two byelections have been held since the last general election.

Date Riding Outgoing member Party Elected member Party Reason for vacancy
September 3, 2015 Calgary-Foothills vacant Prasad Panda Wildrose Former premier Jim Prentice disclaimed his victory in this riding in the 2015 election, leaving it vacant with no member returned at the opening of the Assembly.
March 22, 2016 Calgary-Greenway Manmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Prab Gill Progressive Conservative Bhullar was killed in a car accident on November 23, 2015.

Seating plan[edit]

  • Party leaders are capitalized. Light orange indicate cabinet minister.
Sucha Anderson * Orr Schneider Anderson, W. Taylor MacIntyre Cyr Hunter Stier Drysdale Ellis Gill
* Sweet * Strankman Loewen Panda Hanson Yao Pitt Van Dijken Fraser Rodney Gotfried * *
* Jabbour Jansen * Smith Barnes Nixon Jean Aheer COOPER Fildebrandt McIver * SWANN Starke CLARK
Wanner
* McLean Feehan Carlier Phillips Sigurdson Bilous Ganley Mason NOTLEY Ceci Hoffman Eggen McCuaig-Boyd Sabir Larivee Miranda Gray
* Rosendahl Luff Malkinson Piquette Miller Goehring Schmidt Cortes-Vargas * Westhead Payne Shepherd Littlewood Coolahan Babcock Dach McPherson
* Woollard Kleinsteuber Turner Dang Drever Neilsen Schreiner Connolly * Loyola Renaud Carson McKitrick Fitzpatrick Horne Kazim Hinkley

Standings during 29th Assembly[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
2015 2016 2017
May 5 May 22 Sep 3 Nov 23 Jan 8 Mar 22 May 28 May 31 Nov 17 Jul 24 Aug 15 Sep 21
New Democratic 54 53 54 55
United Conservative 0 29 28 27
Wildrose 21 22 21 22 0
Progressive Conservative 9 8 9 8 1
Liberal 1
Alberta Party 1
Independent 0 1 0 1 0 1 2
Total members 86 87 86 87
Vacant 1 0 1 0
Government Majority 22 20 19 20 22 21 23


Membership changes in the 29th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  May 5, 2015 See list of members Election day of the 29th Alberta general election
  May 5, 2015 Jim Prentice Calgary-Foothills Progressive Conservative Disclaimed seat[5]
  May 22, 2015 Deborah Drever Calgary-Bow Independent Suspended from NDP caucus[6]
  September 3, 2015 Prasad Panda Calgary-Foothills Wildrose Wins by-election
  November 23, 2015 Manmeet Bhullar Calgary-Greenway Progressive Conservative Death (car accident)
  January 8, 2016 Deborah Drever Calgary-Bow NDP Rejoined NDP caucus[7]
  March 22, 2016 Prabhdeep Gill Calgary-Greenway Progressive Conservative Wins by-election[8]
  November 17, 2016 Sandra Jansen Calgary-North West NDP Crossed floor to NDP after alleging a PC Party leadership candidate had harassed her.[9]
  July 24, 2017 Angela Pitt Airdrie United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Glenn van Dijken Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Wes Taylor Battle River-Wainwright United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Scott Cyr Bonnyville-Cold Lake United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Richard Gotfried Calgary-Fish Creek United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Prasad Panda Calgary-Foothills United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Prab Gill Calgary-Greenway United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Ric McIver Calgary-Hays United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Dave Rodney Calgary-Lougheed United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Rick Fraser Calgary-South East United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Mike Ellis Calgary-West United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Grant Hunter Cardston-Taber-Warner United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Leela Aheer Chestermere-Rocky View United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Drew Barnes Cypress-Medicine Hat United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Mark Smith Drayton Valley-Devon United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Rick Strankman Drumheller-Stettler United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Brian Jean Fort McMurray-Conklin United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Tany Yao Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Todd Loewen Grande Prairie-Smoky United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Wayne Drysdale Grande Prairie-Wapiti United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Wayne Anderson Highwood United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Don MacIntyre Innisfail-Sylvan Lake United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Dave Hanson Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Ron Orr Lacombe-Ponoka United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Dave Schneider Little Bow United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Pat Stier Livingstone-Macleod United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Nathan Cooper Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Jason Nixon Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  July 24, 2017 Derek Fildebrandt Strathmore-Brooks United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following merger of Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
  August 15, 2017 Derek Fildebrandt Strathmore-Brooks Independent Resigned from UCP caucus following an expenses scandal.[10]
  September 21, 2017 Rick Fraser Calgary-South East Independent Resigned from UCP caucus to sit as an independent.
  October 4, 2017 Karen McPherson Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill Independent Resigned from NDP caucus to sit as an independent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Alberta Act, 4-5 Edw. VII [1905], c. 3 (Canada), s. 12 .
  2. ^ "Legislative Assembly Act". Queen's Printer. Section 3(1). Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bill 21, Election Amendment Act, 2011" (PDF). The Legislative Assembly of Alberta. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Election Act". Queen's Printer. Section 56. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ The candidate elected for Calgary-Foothills in the general election, Jim Prentice, resigned on election day before winning his riding. According to section 139 of the Alberta Elections Act, RSA 2000, c E-1, if a winning candidate disclaims their right to become an MLA before the end of the appeal period for the official results, that riding's election is declared void. Panda won the subsequent by-election held September 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Deborah Drever suspended from NDP caucus". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Calgary MLA Deborah Drever returns to NDP party's caucus". Calgary Herald. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  8. ^ "Tories hold Calgary-Greenway riding after by-election". Calgary Herald. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-mla-sandra-jansen-leaves-pcs-joins-ndp-caucus-1.3855868 |title=Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen leaves PCs, joins NDP caucus |publisher=CBC.ca |date=2016-11-17
  10. ^ "'I'm a flawed man': embattled Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt quits UCP caucus". CBC News. Edmonton. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 

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