Alberta Liberal Party leadership election, 2011

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Alberta Liberal Party leadership election, 2011
Alberta
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Candidate Raj Sherman Hugh MacDonald Laurie Blakeman
Party Liberal Liberal Liberal
Popular vote 4,684 2,239 854
Percentage 54% 26% 9%

 
Candidate Bill Harvey Bruce Payne
Party Liberal Liberal
Popular vote 626 197
Percentage 7% 2%

Leader before election

David Swann

Elected Leader

Raj Sherman

Alberta Liberal Party leadership election, 2011
Date September 10, 2011
Resigning leader David Swann
Won by Raj Sherman
Ballots 1
Candidates 5
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An election for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party was held on September 10, 2011,[1] which was caused by David Swann's announcement on February 1, 2011, of is intention to resign as leader. The election is the party's second since the 2008 election. MLA Raj Sherman was elected on the first ballot. An open nomination system was used in which any Albertan could vote in the election, even if they were not party members.[2]

Because of a Progressive Conservative leadership election, the PCs elected a new leader on October 1, 2011. The media were speculating that the new PC leader, who would become Premier, may call a snap election rather than wait until 2013.[3] This did not come to fruition, however, and Alison Redford stated that a general election would be held in the spring.

Timeline[edit]

  • February 1: David Swann announces his resignation
  • May 28–29: Liberal Party General Convention
  • August 1: Close of nominations
  • September 10: Polling and leadership announcement

Candidates[edit]

At the close of nominations, there were five candidates for leader:[4]

Results[edit]

Candidate Votes[5] Percentage
Raj Sherman 4,684 54%
Hugh MacDonald 2,239 26%
Laurie Blakeman 854 9%
Bill Harvey 626 7%
Bruce Payne 197 2%
Total 8,640

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew Grant (June 27, 2011). "An Exciting Leadership Race". Alberta Liberal Party Blog. 
  2. ^ http://www.nantonnews.com/2011/05/29/alberta-liberal-leadership-vote-open-to-all-4
  3. ^ "Elections loom across the country". Globe and Mail. August 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "5 Great Candidates, 19 Strong". Alberta Liberal Party. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Wingrove, Josh (September 10, 2011). "Alberta Liberals choose mercurial ex-Tory Sherman as leader". Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 10, 2011.