List of Alberta CCF/NDP members

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This is a list of members of the Alberta, Canada, branch of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), a social democratic political party, and its successor, the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP).

1942 by-election[edit]

A CCFer was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the first time in a 1942 by-election. (Camrose college instructor and CCF leader Chester Ronning had been elected in October 25, 1932 provincial by-election as joint UFA/CCF candidate but was defeated in 1935 and was unable to regain his seat in the 1940 election. He resigned as CCF leader in 1942 and went on to be Canada's ambassador to China, where he had been born. Angus James Morrison was elected as a Labour MLA in 1940 by defeating the incumbent Social Credit MLA as well as a CCF candidate. The CCF and the Alberta Labour clubs merged in 1942 but Morrison did not run for re-election in 1944.)

  • Elmer Roper - printer, labour activist, Mayor of Edmonton 1959-1963 - Edmonton #1 1942by-1944-1948-1952-1955 (Ran, CCF Lost)

1944 general election[edit]

A second CCF was elected in a by-election. By joining Elmer Roper, he increased the party's caucus in the Legislature to two members.

1948 general election[edit]

Both incumbent CCFers were re-elected in the 1948 election, but the party won no additional seats.

1952 general election[edit]

A new CCF MLA was elected in the 1952 election, and Roper was re-elected.

  • Nick Dushenski - Willingdon - 1952-1955-1959 (1959 did not run, a different CCF candidate was unsuccessful)

1955 general election[edit]

A new CCF MLA was elected in the 1955 election, while Roper lost his seat.

1959 and 1963 general elections[edit]

No CCFers or New Democrats were elected in the 1959 or 1963 general elections including leader Neil Reimer.

1966 by-election[edit]

One New Democrat was elected in a 1966 by-election.

  • Garth Turcott - Pincher Creek-Crowsnest 1966by-1967 (ran, NDP lost)

1967 general election[edit]

No New Democrats were elected in the 1967 election.

1971 general election[edit]

One New Democrat was elected in the 1971 election.

  • Grant Notley - teacher - Spirit River-Fairview (Dunvegan-Central Peace) 1971-1975-1979-1982-1984 (died in plane crash)

1975-1979 general elections[edit]

The single New Democrat was re-elected alone in these elections.

1982 general election[edit]

One additional New Democrat was elected in the 1982 election, increasing the party's caucus to two members.

  • Ray Martin - Edmonton Norwood - 1982-1986-1993, Edmonton-Beverly-Cleaview 2004-2008

1985 by-election[edit]

The NDP retained one seat in a 1985 by-election, caused by the death of Grant Notley.

  • Jim Gurnett - Spirit River-Fairview - 1985by-1986 (1986 ran but was not re-elected)

1986 general election[edit]

Fifteen additional New Democrats were elected in the 1986 election, increasing the party's caucus to 16 members.

  • Leo Piquette - Athabasca-Lac La Biche - 1986-1989 (1989 ran but was not re-elected)
  • Barry Pashak - Calgary Forest Lawn - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Bob Hawkesworth - Calgary Mountain View - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Marie Laing - Edmonton Avonmore - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Tom Sigurdson - Edmonton Belmont - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Ed Ewasiuk - Edmonton Beverly - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected) (formerly Edmonton Alderman 1980-1986)
  • Christie Mjolsness - Edmonton Calder - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • William Roberts - Edmonton Centre - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • John Younie - Edmonton Glengarry - 1986-1989 (ran, but not re-elected)
  • Pam Barrett - Edmonton Highlands - 1986-1989-1993, 1997-2000by (2000 retired, a different NDP candidate won)
  • Alex McEachern - Edmonton Kingsway - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Gerry Gibeault - Edmonton Mill Woods - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Gordon Wright - Edmonton Strathcona - 1986-1989-1990by (died in office, NDP-er Barrie Chivers won the subsequent by-election)
  • Bryan Strong - St. Albert - 1986-1989 (1989 did not run)
  • Derek Fox - Vegreville - 1986-1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)

1989 general election[edit]

The party lost three MLAs (Piquette, Younie, Strong) but gained three other seats in the 1989 election.

  • John McInnis - Edmonton Jasper Place - 1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)
  • Stan Woloshyn - Stony Plain - 1989-1993 (he joined the P-C caucus)
  • Jerry Doyle - West Yellowhead - 1989-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)

1990 by-election[edit]

An additional New Democrat was elected in a 1990 by-election, occasioned by the death of sitting MLA Gordon Wright.

  • Barrie Chivers - Edmonton Strathcona 1990by-1993 (1993 ran, but not re-elected)

1993 general election[edit]

No New Democrats were elected in the 1993 election.

1997 general election[edit]

Two New Democrats were elected in the 83 seats available in the 1997 election, one of whom (Pam Barrett) had previously served in the Legislature.

  • Raj Pannu - Edmonton Strathcona 1997-2000-2004-2008 (2008 retired, but a different NDP candidate, Rachel Notley (daughter of former NDP MLA Grant Notley), won)

2000 by-election[edit]

The NDP retained one seat in a 2000 by-election, occasioned by the resignation of Pam Barrett.

  • Brian Mason - Edmonton Highlands 2000by-2004, Edmonton Highlands-Norwood 2004–2008-2012-present (formerly Edmonton Councillor Oct. 1989-2000)

2001 general election[edit]

The party won two of the 83 seats available in the 2001 election - Pannu and Mason being re-elected.

2004 general election[edit]

The party won two additional seats in the 2004 election, for a total of four (including sitting MLAs Raj Pannu and Brian Mason). One of the new members, Ray Martin (Edmonton Beverly Clareview), had previously served in the Legislature.

  • David Eggen - Edmonton-Calder 2004-2008 (2008 ran, not re-elected); 2012-present

2008 general election[edit]

The NDP lost 2 of its MLAs (Ray Martin and Dave Eggen) but re-elected Mason and Rachel Notley was elected to hold the Edmonton Strathcona constituency for the party, replacing Raj Pannu.

2012 general election[edit]

Four NDP MLAs were elected in the 2012 Alberta election, a gain of 2. Dave Eggen, Brian Mason and Rachel Notley were re-elected and a new NDP MLA was elected:

2008 federal election[edit]

Prominent NDPers/CCFers at the municipal level[edit]

  • Charles Gibbs (Alberta politician), who went by name Lionel - Labour Party MLA (1926 to his death in 1934), active in the CCF after its founding in 1932 and Edmonton city councillor (1924 to his death in 1934)
  • Rice Sheppard - frequent candidate at provincial level, co-founder and executive member of The United Farmers of Alberta, long-time Edmonton city councillor, attended the CCF Founding in 1932, switched to Social Credit party in middle 1930s. He was a member of the 1933-34 Edmonton city councils when members of the Canadian Labour Party, not yet amalgamated in the CCF, held majority power.
  • Harry Ainlay - Edmonton mayor 1945-1949, Alberta CCF president in the 1940s, CCF provincial candidate 1936. He was a member of the 1932-1933 and 1933-34 Edmonton city councils when members of the Canadian Labour Party, not yet amalgamated in the CCF, held majority power.
  • Elmer Roper - Edmonton mayor 1960-1963,CCF MLA 1942-1955
  • Ivor Dent - Edmonton mayor 1968-1974, city councillor 1963-1968, Alberta NDP president
  • Tooker Gomberg - Edmonton city councillor 1992-1995, environmental activist
  • William D. McLean - Edmonton city councillor 1971-1974
  • Jan Reimer - Edmonton mayor 1989-1995, city councillor 1980-1989
  • G. Lyall Roper - Edmonton city councillor 1983-1986
  • Bob Hawkesworth - Calgary alderman, Ward 4 then NDP MLA
  • Ed Ewasiuk Edmonton city councillor then NDP MLA
  • Brian Mason Edmonton city councillor then NDP MLA

See also[edit]