Mo Elsalhy

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Mo Elsalhy
MLA for Edmonton-McClung
In office
November 22, 2004 – March 3, 2008
Preceded byMark Norris
Succeeded byDavid Xiao
Personal details
BornMarch 20, 1971
Political partyAlberta Party
Other political
Liberal (former)

Mo Elsalhy (born March 20, 1971) is a politician, pharmacist and businessman from Alberta, Canada.[1] He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 1994.

Political Career[edit]

Elsalhy contested the nomination for Edmonton McClung against Maurice Tougas in 2004, and started campaigning three months before the nomination day. He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing Edmonton McClung in the 2004 general election for the Alberta Liberal Party. Despite being heavily outspent, he defeated Mark Norris, the only cabinet minister to lose a seat in this election. He was then assigned the role of Critic for the Government Services and Innovation and Science portfolios by Opposition Leader Kevin Taft. He was also made Deputy House Leader and was chosen Shadow Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Shadow Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. He also chaired the Democratic Renewal Committee for the Official Opposition and was appointed Deputy Chair of the all-party Standing Policy Field Committee for Government Services.

He was defeated in the 2008 election by Progressive Conservative David Xiao.

On July 25, 2008, Elsalhy declared his intention to seek the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party. He received 11% of the vote which was conducted through a mail-in process. David Swann won that contest and was declared Leader on December 13, 2008. In March 2009, Elsalhy was asked by Swann to lead a seven-member renewal team. The work of his 'Renewal Committee' concluded in July 2009.

On October 23, 2010, Elsalhy was nominated to stand for election again. He was acclaimed as the Alberta Liberal candidate to run in Edmonton-McClung in the 2011/12 provincial election.

In the summer of 2018, he announced his intention to seek a nomination from the Alberta Party for the 2019 election, held in April 2019, running in the constituency of Edmonton-South West[2] where he captured 11.6% of the vote.

Personal life[edit]

Elsalhy is married with three children. His pastimes include soccer and swimming.

Electoral record[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Edmonton-South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Kaycee Madu 10,245 44.95%
New Democratic John Archer 9,539 41.85%
Alberta Party Mo Elsalhy 2,668 11.70%
  Alberta Advantage Marilyn Burns 209 0.92%
Green Rigel Vincent 125 0.55%
Total valid votes 22,794
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 164
Eligible electors / Turnout 32,726 70.15%
United Conservative gain from New Democratic Swing
Source: "43 - Edmonton-South West 2019 General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Retrieved June 3, 2020.

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-McClung
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative David Xiao 7,179 46.65% -2.29%
Liberal Mo Elsalhy 3,800 24.69% -15.88%
Wildrose Peter Janisz 2,756 17.91% +16.05%
New Democratic Lorne Dach 1,134 7.37% +1.07%
Alberta Party John Hudson 418 2.72%
Evergreen Nathan Forsyth 102 0.66% -1.67%
Total 15,389
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -6.80%

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[3] Turnout 36.74% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative David Xiao 7,173 48.94% 8.09%
  Liberal Mo Elsalhy 5,947 40.57% -4.31%
New Democratic Bridget Stirling 924 6.30% -4.10%
Green Bryan Wyrostok 342 2.33% *
Wildrose Alliance Kristine Jassman 272 1.86% -1.21%
Total 14,658
Rejected, spoiled and declined 46
Eligible electors / Turnout 34,330  %
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.20%

2004 general election[edit]

2004 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 51.95% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Liberal Mo Elsalhy 5,859 44.88% 2.08%
Progressive Conservative Mark Norris 5,333 40.85% -9.58%
New Democratic Lorne Dach 1,358 10.40% 4.59%
Alberta Alliance Reuben Bauer 401 3.07%
Social Credit Patrick Conlin 105 0.80%
Total 13,056
Rejected, spoiled and declined 71
Eligible electors / Turnout 25,269  %
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +5.83%


  1. ^ On The Ballot: [Final Edition 1] Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 12 Nov 2004: A17.
  2. ^ "Former Liberal MLA seeking Alberta Party nomination". CBC.
  3. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 312–315.
  4. ^ "Edmonton-McClung Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 13, 2012.

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Preceded by
Mark Norris
MLA Edmonton McClung
Succeeded by
David Xiao