Alberta Party, formally the
Alberta Party Political Association,
is a political party in the province of Alberta, Canada. The party
describes itself as a centrist and pragmatic party that is not
dogmatically ideological in its approach to politics.
For most of its history the
Alberta Party was a right-wing
organization, until the rise of the
Wildrose Alliance as Alberta's
main conservative alternative to the governing Progressive
Conservatives attracted away the
Alberta Party's more conservative
members. This left a small rump of more comparatively left-wing
members in control of the
Alberta Party. In 2010 the
board voted to merge with Renew Alberta, a progressive group that had
been organizing to form a new political party in Alberta. The
Alberta Party thus shed its conservative past for a more centrist
political outlook. The party has been cited in The Globe and Mail
and The Economist as part of the break in one-party politics in
1.1 Early history
1.2 Ideological shift and party renewal
1.3 2011 leadership election
Alberta general election
1.5 2013 leadership election
1.6 2018 leadership election
1.7 Floor Crossings
3 Election results
3.1 2015 general election
3.2 2012 general election
3.3 All general elections
5 External links
Alberta Party began in the early 1980s as an alliance of small
separatist political parties. The right side of Alberta's political
spectrum was fragmented by parties spawned in the wake of the National
Energy Program and feelings that Premier
Peter Lougheed had done
little to prevent the economic collapse it allegedly had caused. Some
of these parties had already achieved some small success in attaining
seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, though in the 1982
general election Social Credit, the
Alberta Reform Movement and the
Canada Concept lost their representation in the Legislature.
The Heritage Party of Alberta, Representative
Party of Alberta and the
Confederation of Regions had been founded in the preceding years,
which made for a total of five parties to the right of the Progressive
Conservatives in 1985.
On October 30, 1990, this alliance of parties gave way to the creation
of a new political party, the Alliance Party of Alberta. This
change marked a transition away from trying to build a coalition of
parties to full participation in electoral politics. The party
participated in two by-elections, and fielded a handful of candidates
in the 1993 general election but received only a small percentage of
the popular vote in each case. The party did not contest the 1997
Alberta Party logo from 1998 to 2008
In 1998, the Alliance Party followed the example of the Saskatchewan
Party and the
Manitoba Party by changing its name to the
Political Association, or the
Alberta Party for short.
Shortly before the 2004 election, the
Alberta Party attempted to merge
Alberta Alliance Party (a different organization from the old
Alliance Party of Alberta). The merged party would have adopted the
Alberta Party platform, and the
Alberta Party provincial council would
have had seats on the
Alberta Alliance Provincial Council. The deal
fell through because the
Alberta Party would not agree to de-register
Alberta Party name with Elections Alberta. On
October 1, 2004, shortly before the general election, the party
shortened its registered name to "
Alberta Party" from "the Alberta
Party Political Association".
In the 2004 provincial election, the party nominated candidates in
four ridings, winning a total of 2,485 votes, or 0.3% of the
provincial total. The party fielded one candidate, Margaret Saunter,
for the March 3 2008 provincial election. Saunter placed last out of a
field of six candidates in Edmonton-Centre.
Ideological shift and party renewal
Alberta Party logo used after the ideological shift from 2009 to 2011
After the rise of the
Wildrose Alliance as Alberta's main right-wing
alternative to the governing Progressive Conservatives, the right-wing
members of the
Alberta Party left to join that party. This left a
small rump of centrists in control of the party. In 2009, former
Alberta Greens deputy leader Edwin Erickson, who had been organizing a
new "Progress Party", was invited to run as a leadership candidate for
Alberta Party and won by acclamation. In 2010 the
board voted to merge with Renew Alberta, a progressive and centrist
group that had been organizing to form a new political party.
During the merger process, the party's board agreed to suspend its old
policy platform and start anew. To create a new platform different
from its more right-wing history, in 2010 the party launched a
campaign called "The Big Listen" in order to canvass the public for
new policy ideas. The party held its first policy convention
on November 13 and 14, 2010 to develop substantive policies from the
ideas heard during the Big Listen. At the convention, Erickson stepped
down to make way for an acting leader until a leadership contest could
be held. A first set of policies was released on November 23, 2010, to
coincide with the announcement of the appointment of an acting leader,
Sue Huff. These policies centred on five key areas: economy, health,
environment, democratic renewal and education. On January 24,
2011, former Liberal MLA Dave Taylor announced he was joining the
Alberta Party, becoming the party's first MLA.
2011 leadership election
Alberta Party logo used from 2011 to 2016
The party announced in January 2011 that a leadership convention would
be held in
Edmonton on May 28, 2011. Four candidates contested the
leadership of the party: Glenn Taylor, mayor of Hinton; Tammy Maloney,
a social entrepreneur; businessman Randy Royer; and Lee Easton,
chair of the English program at Mount Royal University. Chris
Tesarski, CEO of Sandbox Energy Corporation, was also a candidate
early in the contest, but on April 15 announced he would not seek
the party's leadership, citing disagreements with some aspects of the
party's philosophy and some party members' attitudes towards his
candidacy. Dave Taylor, the party's only MLA, was also expected to
run for the leadership, but did not join the campaign. At the
convention, the election was decided on the first ballot when Glenn
Taylor won just over 55% of the votes.
Alberta general election
The party nominated 38 candidates to run in the 28th
election. None were elected.
2013 leadership election
After Glenn Taylor stepped down on September 22, 2012, the party
remained without a leader for some months. On May 29, 2013, the party
announced that it would be holding a leadership vote to coincide with
its Annual General Meeting on September 21, 2013, in Edmonton.
Entrepreneur and 2012
Calgary-Elbow election candidate Greg Clark, and
self-employed consultant and 2012
Calgary-North West candidate Troy
Millington, sought the leadership. Clark won the election,
receiving 87% of the 337 votes cast.
2018 leadership election
Alberta Party leadership election, 2018
A leadership election was triggered when Greg Clark stepped down as
leader on November 18, 2017. The election was held on February 27,
2018, after originally being scheduled to be on February 7.
Stephen Mandel became the new leader of the party after achieving 66%
of the vote.
On October 30, 2017, it was announced that former NDP MLA Karen
McPherson who had left the Government Caucus earlier in the month
would cross to join the
Alberta Party as their third ever and second
current MLA. McPherson cited the need to make transformative change in
healthcare and management of the economy, as well as the feeling that
she could better advocate for her constituents and use her skills and
abilities better in the
In January 2018, former UCP MLA Rick Fraser announced that he would be
Alberta Party and running for its leadership race that had
been triggered when Greg Clark stepped down. Fraser cited the divisive
politics of the UCP for his departure, and the need to find "common
sense policies" that "don't divide Albertans, but rather bring them
Fraser's joining of the
Alberta Party tripled the caucus size from the
results of the 2015 general election, leaving the
Alberta Party as the
third largest representation in the Legislature.
Second time as leader.
January 28, 2010
First leader of the ideological shift.
January 28, 2010
November 22, 2010
Leader for merger with Renew Alberta.
November 23, 2010
May 28, 2011
May 28, 2011
September 22, 2012
Elected at a convention in Edmonton; stepped down after failing to win
a seat in the 2012
Alberta general election.
September 21, 2013
February 27, 2018
After remaining leaderless for a year, the party elected Clark at a
convention in Edmonton. Clark stepped down as leader on November 18,
2017, and became interim leader until the upcoming leadership
February 27, 2018
2015 general election
e • d Summary of the May 5, 2015 Legislative Assembly
Alberta election results
% of Seats
* The total popular vote includes votes from voided Calgary-Foothills
** The candidate elected for Calgary-Foothills, Jim Prentice,
disclaimed his victory. According to section 139 of the
Alberta Elections Act, 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.
2012 general election
e • d Summary of the April 23, 2012 Legislative
Alberta election results
Results at the count.
Results change is compared to the
Alberta Greens in 2008.
Alberta lists Bart Hampton as leader of the Separation Party
of Alberta, however the party's only candidate is party president Glen
All general elections
4 / 83
0 / 83
Coalition with Social Credit
4 / 83
0 / 83
1 / 83
0 / 83
38 / 87
0 / 87
36 / 87
1 / 87
Little Bow by-election
March 5, 1992
Three Hills by-election
October 26, 1992
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