Legislative Assembly of Alberta

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
29th Alberta Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded September 9, 1905 (1905-09-09)
Preceded by North-West Legislative Assembly
Leadership
Bob Wanner, NDP
Since June 11, 2015
Rachel Notley, NDP
Since May 24, 2015
Government House Leader
Brian Mason, NDP
Since May 24, 2015
Jason Kenney, UCP
Since January 4, 2018
Opposition House Leader
Jason Nixon, UCP
Since October 30, 2017
Structure
Seats 87
Alberta Legislative Assembly - Seating Plan (July 25, 2017 - Present).svg
Political groups

Government

Official Opposition:

Other Parties:

Elections
Last election
May 5, 2015
Next election
May 31, 2019 or earlier
Meeting place
Edmonton leg.jpg
Legislature Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Website
www.assembly.ab.ca
The Legislature grounds from the roof of the building.
Alberta Legislature Building

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta is one of two components of the Legislature of Alberta, the other being Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.[1] The Alberta legislature meets in the Alberta Legislature Building in the provincial capital, Edmonton. The Legislative Assembly consists of 87 members, elected first past the post from single-member electoral districts.

The maximum period between general elections of the assembly, as set by the country's Constitution, is five years,[2] but the premier controls the date of election and usually selects a date in the fourth or fifth year after the preceding election. Since 2011, Alberta has fixed election date legislation, fixing the election to a date between March 1 and May 31 in the fourth calendar year following the preceding election.[3] Alberta has never had a minority government, so an election as a result of a vote of no confidence has never occurred.

To be a candidate for election to the assembly, a person must be a Canadian citizen older than 18 who has lived in Alberta for at least six months before the election. Senators, senators in waiting, members of the House of Commons, and criminal inmates are ineligible.[4]

The current and 29th Alberta Legislative Assembly was elected on May 5, 2015.

Current members

The current members of the Legislature were elected in the 29th Alberta general election held on May 5, 2015. Bold indicates cabinet members, and party leaders are italicized.

Member Party Constituency
  Angela Pitt United Conservative Airdrie
  Colin Piquette NDP Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater
  Cam Westhead NDP Banff-Cochrane
  Glenn van Dijken United Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
  Wes Taylor United Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
  Scott Cyr United Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
  Brandy Payne NDP Calgary-Acadia
  Deborah Drever NDP Calgary-Bow
  Kathleen Ganley NDP Calgary-Buffalo
  Ricardo Miranda NDP Calgary-Cross
  Brian Malkinson NDP Calgary-Currie
  Robyn Luff NDP Calgary-East
  Greg Clark Alberta Party Calgary-Elbow
  Richard Gotfried United Conservative Calgary-Fish Creek
  Prasad Panda United Conservative Calgary-Foothills
  Joe Ceci NDP Calgary-Fort
  Anam Kazim NDP Calgary-Glenmore
  Prab Gill Independent Calgary-Greenway
  Michael Connolly NDP Calgary-Hawkwood
  Ric McIver United Conservative Calgary-Hays
  Craig Coolahan NDP Calgary-Klein
  Jason Kenney United Conservative Calgary-Lougheed
  Karen McPherson Alberta Party Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill
  Irfan Sabir NDP Calgary-McCall
  David Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
  Sandra Jansen NDP Calgary-North West
  Jamie Kleinsteuber NDP Calgary-Northern Hills
  Graham Sucha NDP Calgary-Shaw
  Rick Fraser Alberta Party Calgary-South East
  Stephanie McLean NDP Calgary-Varsity
  Mike Ellis United Conservative Calgary-West
  Grant Hunter United Conservative Cardston-Taber-Warner
  Leela Aheer United Conservative Chestermere-Rocky View
  Drew Barnes United Conservative Cypress-Medicine Hat
  Mark Smith United Conservative Drayton Valley-Devon
  Rick Strankman United Conservative Drumheller-Stettler
  Margaret McCuaig-Boyd NDP Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley
  Deron Bilous NDP Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
  David Eggen NDP Edmonton-Calder
  Nicole Goehring NDP Edmonton-Castle Downs
  David Shepherd NDP Edmonton-Centre
  Chris Nielsen NDP Edmonton-Decore
  Rod Loyola NDP Edmonton-Ellerslie
  Sarah Hoffman NDP Edmonton-Glenora
  Marlin Schmidt NDP Edmonton-Gold Bar
  Brian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
  Heather Sweet NDP Edmonton-Manning
  Lorne Dach NDP Edmonton-McClung
  Jon Carson NDP Edmonton-Meadowlark
  Denise Woollard NDP Edmonton-Mill Creek
  Christina Gray NDP Edmonton-Mill Woods
  Lori Sigurdson NDP Edmonton-Riverview
  Richard Feehan NDP Edmonton-Rutherford
  Thomas Dang NDP Edmonton-South West
  Rachel Notley NDP Edmonton-Strathcona
  Bob Turner NDP Edmonton-Whitemud
  Laila Goodridge United Conservative Fort McMurray-Conklin
  Tany Yao United Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
  Jessica Littlewood NDP Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  Todd Loewen United Conservative Grande Prairie-Smoky
  Wayne Drysdale United Conservative Grande Prairie-Wapiti
  Wayne Anderson United Conservative Highwood
  Devin Dreeshen United Conservative Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
  Dave Hanson United Conservative Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills
  Ron Orr United Conservative Lacombe-Ponoka
  Shaye Anderson NDP Leduc-Beaumont
  Danielle Larivee NDP Lesser Slave Lake
  Maria Fitzpatrick NDP Lethbridge-East
  Shannon Phillips NDP Lethbridge-West
  Dave Schneider United Conservative Little Bow
  Pat Stier United Conservative Livingstone-Macleod
  Bob Wanner NDP Medicine Hat
  Nathan Cooper United Conservative Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
  Debbie Jabbour NDP Peace River
  Kim Schreiner NDP Red Deer-North
  Barb Miller NDP Red Deer-South
  Jason Nixon United Conservative Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre
  Annie McKitrick NDP Sherwood Park
  Trevor Horne NDP Spruce Grove-St. Albert
  Marie Renaud NDP St. Albert
  Erin Babcock NDP Stony Plain
  Estefania Cortes-Vargas NDP Strathcona-Sherwood Park
  Derek Fildebrandt Freedom Conservative Strathmore-Brooks
  Richard Starke Progressive Conservative [5] Vermilion-Lloydminster
  Eric Rosendahl NDP West Yellowhead
  Bruce Hinkley NDP Wetaskiwin-Camrose
  Oneil Carlier NDP Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Five byelections have been held since the last general election.

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause Retained
Calgary-Foothills Sept 3, 2015 None Prasad Panda Wildrose Jim Prentice disclaimed his victory on election night. No
Calgary-Greenway March 22, 2016 Manmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Prabhdeep Gill Progressive Conservative Bhullar was killed in a motor vehicle collision on November 23, 2015. Yes
Calgary-Lougheed December 14, 2017 Dave Rodney United Conservative Jason Kenney United Conservative Rodney resigned to allow Jason Kenney a seat in the Legislature. Yes
Innisfail-Sylvan Lake July 12, 2018 Don MacIntyre United Conservative[a] Devin Dreeshen United Conservative MacIntyre resigned to return to private life, and is facing charges of sexual assault. Yes
Fort McMurray-Conklin July 12, 2018 Brian Jean United Conservative Laila Goodridge United Conservative Jean retired from politics to focus on his personal life. Yes
  1. ^ Resigned from the United Conservative caucus to sit as an independent shortly before resigning as MLA.

Seating plan

  • Party leaders are italicized. Bold indicates cabinet minister.
Stier Anderson Taylor Schneider Orr Starke Fildebrandt
Sucha Hinkley Hanson van Dijken Cyr Loewen Gill Pitt Yao Hunter Gotfried Swann Clark
Jabbour Sweet Cooper Ellis Strankman McIver Nixon Kenney Aheer Panda Barnes Drysdale Smith Fraser McPherson
Wanner
McLean Feehan Carlier Phillips Sigurdson Bilous Ganley Mason Notley Ceci Hoffman McCuaig-Boyd Eggen Sabir Larivee Miranda Gray
Luff Piquette Miller Goehring Littlewood Jansen Schmidt Cortes-Vargas Westhead Payne Anderson McKitrick Shepherd Babcock Coolahan Rosendahl
Woollard Kleinsteuber Turner Dang Drever Nielsen Schreiner Connolly Loyola Renaud Malkinson Dach Fitzpatrick Carson Kazim Horne

Official Seating Plan (Retrieved March 14, 2018)

Standings during 29th Assembly


Number of members
per party by date
2015 2016 2017 2018
May 5 May 22 Sep 3 Nov 23 Jan 8 Mar 22 Nov 17 Jul 24 Aug 15 Sep 21 Oct 4 Oct 29 Nov 1 Dec 14 Jan 9 Feb 2 Feb 5 March 5 July 12 July 14 July 18
New Democratic 54 53 54 55 54
United Conservative 0 29 28 27 26 27 26 25 27 26
Wildrose 21 22 0
Progressive Conservative 9 8 9 8 1
Liberal 1
Alberta Party 1 2 3
  Freedom Conservative 0 1
Independent 0 1 0 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 1
Total members 86 87 86 87 86 87 86 85 87
Vacant 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0


Membership changes in the 29th Assembly
Date Name District From To Reason
May 5, 2015 See list of members Election day of the 29th Alberta general election
May 5, 2015 Jim Prentice Calgary-Foothills  PC  Vacant Disclaimed seat[6]
May 22, 2015 Deborah Drever Calgary-Bow  New Democratic  Independent Suspended from NDP caucus[7]
Sept 3, 2015 Prasad Panda Calgary-Foothills  Vacant  Wildrose Wins by-election
Nov 23, 2015 Manmeet Bhullar Calgary-Greenway  PC  Vacant Death (car accident)
Jan 8, 2016 Deborah Drever Calgary-Bow  Independent  New Democratic Rejoined NDP caucus[8]
Mar 22, 2016 Prabhdeep Gill Calgary-Greenway  Vacant  PC Wins by-election[9]
Nov 17, 2016 Sandra Jansen Calgary-North West  PC  New Democratic Crossed floor to NDP after alleging a PC Party leadership candidate had harassed her.[10]
July 24, 2017 Angela Pitt Airdrie  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Glenn van Dijken Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Wes Taylor Battle River-Wainwright  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Scott Cyr Bonnyville-Cold Lake  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Richard Gotfried Calgary-Fish Creek  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Prasad Panda Calgary-Foothills  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Prab Gill Calgary-Greenway  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Ric McIver Calgary-Hays  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Dave Rodney Calgary-Lougheed  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Rick Fraser Calgary-South East  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Mike Ellis Calgary-West  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Grant Hunter Cardston-Taber-Warner  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Leela Aheer Chestermere-Rocky View  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Drew Barnes Cypress-Medicine Hat  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Mark Smith Drayton Valley-Devon  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Rick Strankman Drumheller-Stettler  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Brian Jean Fort McMurray-Conklin  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Tany Yao Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Todd Loewen Grande Prairie-Smoky  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Wayne Drysdale Grande Prairie-Wapiti  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Wayne Anderson Highwood  PC  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Don MacIntyre Innisfail-Sylvan Lake  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Dave Hanson Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Ron Orr Lacombe-Ponoka  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Dave Schneider Little Bow  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Pat Stier Livingstone-Macleod  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Nathan Cooper Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Jason Nixon Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
July 24, 2017 Derek Fildebrandt Strathmore-Brooks  Wildrose  United Conservative Crossed floor to UCP following Wildrose/PC merger.
Aug 15, 2017 Derek Fildebrandt Strathmore-Brooks  United Conservative  Independent Resigned from UCP caucus following an expenses scandal.[11]
Sept 21, 2017 Rick Fraser Calgary-South East  United Conservative  Independent Resigned from UCP caucus to sit as an independent.
Oct 4, 2017 Karen McPherson Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill  New Democratic  Independent Resigned from NDP caucus to sit as an independent.
Oct 29, 2017 Karen McPherson Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill  Independent  Alberta Party Joined the Alberta Party [12]
Nov 1, 2017 Dave Rodney Calgary-Lougheed  United Conservative  Vacant Resigned to allow UCP Leader Jason Kenney a seat in the legislature.[13]
Dec 14, 2017 Jason Kenney Calgary-Lougheed  Vacant  United Conservative Won seat in by-election.
Jan 9, 2018 Rick Fraser Calgary-South East  Independent  Alberta Party Joined the Alberta Party to run in the leadership race [14]
February 2, 2018 Don MacIntyre Innisfail-Sylvan Lake  United Conservative  Independent Resigned from UPC caucus to "focus on family."[15]
February 5, 2018 Don MacIntyre Innisfail-Sylvan Lake  Independent  Vacant Resigned seat[16]. Later revealed he faced charges of sexual assault and sexual interference [17]
March 5, 2018 Brian Jean Fort McMurray-Conklin  United Conservative  Vacant Resigned seat and retired from politics to focus on family.[18]
July 12, 2018 Laila Goodridge Fort McMurray-Conklin  Vacant  United Conservative Elected in a by-election.
July 12, 2018 Devin Dreeshen Innisfail-Sylvan Lake  Vacant  United Conservative Elected in a by-election.
July 14, 2018 Prab Gill Calgary-Greenway  United Conservative  Independent Left caucus due to alleged voter ballot stuffing [19]
July 18, 2018 Derek Fildebrandt Strathmore-Brooks  Independent  Freedom Conservative Joined Freedom Conservative Party to become its leader[20]


References

  1. ^ The Alberta Act, 4-5 Edw. VII [1905], c. 3 (Canada), s. 12 .
  2. ^ "Legislative Assembly Act". Queen's Printer. Section 3(1). Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bill 21, Election Amendment Act, 2011" (PDF). The Legislative Assembly of Alberta. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Election Act". Queen's Printer. Section 56. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ https://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=mla_home
  6. ^ The candidate elected for Calgary-Foothills in the general election, Jim Prentice, resigned on election day before winning his riding. According to section 139 of the Alberta Elections Act, RSA 2000, c E-1, if a winning candidate disclaims their right to become an MLA before the end of the appeal period for the official results, that riding's election is declared void. Panda won the subsequent by-election held September 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Deborah Drever suspended from NDP caucus". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Calgary MLA Deborah Drever returns to NDP party's caucus". Calgary Herald. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Tories hold Calgary-Greenway riding after by-election". Calgary Herald. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen leaves PCs, joins NDP caucus". CBC.ca. 2016-11-17. 
  11. ^ "'I'm a flawed man': embattled Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt quits UCP caucus". CBC News. Edmonton. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Calgary MLA Karen McPherson joins the Alberta Party caucus". CBC News. Edmonton. October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  13. ^ Wood, James (30 October 2017). "Jason Kenney takes charge of UCP, seeks seat in legislature by Christmas". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Calgary MLA Rick Fraser registers as Alberta Party leadership candidate". CBC News. Edmonton. October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  15. ^ "MLA Don MacIntyre resigns from UCP caucus". CBC News. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Alberta legislature member for United Conservative Party leaves his seat". CTV News. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Former Alberta MLA Don MacIntyre faces sexual assault, sexual interference charges". Global News. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  18. ^ McDermott, Vincent (2018-03-05). "Former UCP leadership contender Brian Jean quits as Fort McMurray MLA". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  19. ^ Emma Graney (July 14, 2018). "Calgary MLA Prab Gill leaves UCP caucus following ballot-stuffing allegations". 
  20. ^ Simons, Paula (July 20, 2018). "Paula Simons: Colony of Unrequited Schemes: Derek Fildebrandt launches party for patriots". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 

External links

  • Legislative Assembly of Alberta web site
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