Premier of Alberta

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Premier of Alberta
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Rachel Notley

since May 24, 2015
Government of Alberta
Office of the Premier
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Legislative Assembly
Seat Edmonton
Appointer Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Alexander Cameron Rutherford
Formation September 2, 1905

The Premier of Alberta is the first minister for the Canadian province of Alberta. He or she is the province's head of government. The current Premier of Alberta is Rachel Notley, who was sworn in on May 24, 2015.

The Premier of the province deals with specific areas relating to Alberta and Alberta's relation on the national scene. The Premier acts as a representative for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) are in turn the representatives of the people of Alberta.

Duties and functions[edit]

To be effective, accountable and in line with custom, the premier does hold a seat in the Legislature, so the Premier serves as the MLA for a riding, and is elected as the MLA by the constituents of that constituency. As with most government leaders in a parliamentary system, the Premier usually wins his or her own election as MLA easily. However, on occasion, a Premier has not been re-elected to his seat in a general election, forcing him to run in a by-election in a constituency that comes empty by the resignation of the sitting MLA or other incident. The most recent case of this was Don Getty, who lost his Edmonton-Whitemud seat in the 1989 election and then ran and was elected in a by-election in Drumheller-Stettler. In 2014 Jim Prentice was elected party leader without holding a seat in the Legislative Assembly, thus becoming premier, and won a Calgary-Foothills by-election in order to gain a seat in the Assembly.

The Premier of Alberta's responsibilities include administering provincial laws, enacting legislation, and regulating industry. The Premier is responsible for promoting Alberta's interests via the federal government and serves as the chief representative of Alberta to the rest of Canada.

Timeline of premiers[edit]

Rachel Notley Jim Prentice Dave Hancock Alison Redford Ed Stelmach Ralph Klein Don Getty Peter Lougheed Harry Strom Ernest Manning William Aberhart Richard Gavin Reid John Edward Brownlee Herbert Greenfield Charles Stewart (Canadian politician) Arthur Sifton Alexander Cameron Rutherford

List of premiers[edit]


Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of The Court of Appeal of Alberta