Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership elections

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This page lists the results of leadership elections held by the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta or as it was known before 1958, the Conservatives.

1905 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on August 16, 1905)

Developments 1905-1923[edit]

Bennett was defeated in the 1905 general election and Albert Robertson was chosen House leader. Robertson in turn was defeated in the 1909 general election. Afterwards, Bennett, who had been elected, became House leader. Bennett resigned in 1910 and Edward Michener became House leader on July 5. Michener resigned after the 1917 general election when he was appointed to the Senate. George Hoadley was chosen House leader on February 8, 1918. He was removed on February 18, 1920 in favour of James Ramsey. Ramsey was in turn ousted in 1921 in favour of Albert Ewing and the Conservative caucus was split. After the Conservative Party's disastrous performance in the 1921 general election the only Conservative left in the legislature was the independent John Smith Stewart.

1923 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on December 14, 1923)[1]

R.B. Bennett, Albert Ewing, and Alexander McGillivray were nominated but declined.

1925 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on August 5, 1925)[2]

1930 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on January 11, 1930)[3]

John Irwin and Charles Yardley Weaver were nominated but withdrew.

Developments 1930-1958[edit]

The Conservatives joined a united front with the Liberals in 1937 to defeat the Social Credit government and formed the Independent Movement. As such they stood no candidates in the 1940 election, the 1944 election, and the 1948 election. Duggan was re-elected as an independent in 1940 and died on May 4, 1942. The party was revived in the 1952 election and John Percy Page was chosen House leader afterwards.

1958 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on August 16, 1958)[4]

First Ballot:

Second Ballot:

Third Ballot (Main eliminated):

Fourth Ballot (Toshach eliminated):

1962 leadership convention[edit]

(Held October 6, 1962)[5]

(Harradence elected on the second ballot by less than 20 votes. Harradence and Toshach were separated by only one vote on the first ballot. About 300 votes were cast in total. Vote totals were not released).

1965 leadership convention[edit]

(Held March 20, 1965)

Jon Scott withdrew before balloting.

1985 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on October 13, 1985)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Ghitter eliminated):

1992 leadership election[edit]

First Ballot:

(Held on November 28, 1992)

Second Ballot (Betkowski, Klein, Orman moved to next round and Orman withdrew November 29):

(Held on December 5, 1992)

2006 leadership election[edit]

First Ballot:

(Held on November 25, 2006)

Second Ballot (Dinning, Morton and Stelmach move to next round):

(Note: used a preferential ballot)

(Held on December 2, 2006)

Third Ballot (Morton eliminated, vote distributed):

2011 leadership election[edit]

First ballot[edit]

The leading candidate in each riding on the first ballot.

The first ballot was on September 17, 2011.[6]

Candidate Votes Percentage
Gary Mar 24,195 40.76
Alison Redford 11,127 18.74
Doug Horner 8,635 14.55
Ted Morton 6,962 11.73
Rick Orman 6,005 10.12
Doug Griffiths 2,435 4.10
Total 59,359 100.00

Two days following the first ballot, Morton and Orman decided to endorse Mar.[7] Griffiths followed the next day.

Second ballot[edit]

The leading candidate in each riding on the second ballot.

A preferential ballot was cast on October 1, 2011. Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote on the first count, the third-place finisher was dropped, and the second preference votes cast on Horner's ballots were counted and added to the remaining candidate's totals. Mar led after the first round, and Horner was eliminated. After second preferences were applied, Redford was declared the winner.

Candidate Round 1[8] Round 2[9]
Votes Percentage Votes Percentage
Alison Redford 28,993 37.09 37,101 51.11
Gary Mar 33,233 42.51 35,491 48.89
Doug Horner 15,950 20.40 Eliminated
Total 78,176 100.00 72,592 100.00

2014 leadership election[edit]

(Held on September 6, 2014)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jim Prentice 17,963 76.81
Ric McIver 2,742 11.72
Thomas Lukaszuk 2,681 11.46
Total 23,386 100.00

2017 leadership election[edit]

(Held March 18, 2017 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jason Kenney 1,113 75.4%
Richard Starke 323 21.9%
Byron Nelson 40 2.7%
Total 1,476 100%

Spoiled ballots: 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Political Force Rises in Alberta". Calgary Daily Herald. December 15, 1923. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Great Political Movement has been launched in Alberta". Calgary Daily Herald. August 6, 1925. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Duggan Chosen as Provincial Leader of Conservatives". Calgary Daily Herald. January 13, 1930. p. 2.
  4. ^ "'Cam' Kirby of Red Deer New Alberta Tory Head". Calgary Herald. August 18, 1958. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Harradence Gets PC Post in Close Convention Vote". Calgary Herald. October 9, 1962. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Detailed Poll Results". PC Alberta. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Leadership Results Second ballot". PC Alberta. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  9. ^ "Leadership Results Third ballot". PC Alberta. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  • Carty, Kenneth R., et al., Leaders and Parties in Canadian Politics: Experiences of the Provinces. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada, 1992.
  • Stewart, David K. and Archer, Keith. A Quasi-democracy? Parties and leadership selection in Alberta. UBC Press, 2000.
  • Canadian Annual Review 1905.