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The Alberta
Alberta
Party, formally the Alberta
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.[1][2] For most of its history the Alberta
Alberta
Party was a right-wing organization, until the rise of the Wildrose Alliance
Wildrose Alliance
as Alberta's main conservative alternative to the governing Progressive Conservatives attracted away the Alberta
Alberta
Party's more conservative members. This left a small rump of more comparatively left-wing members in control of the Alberta
Alberta
Party. In 2010 the Alberta
Alberta
Party board voted to merge with Renew Alberta, a progressive group that had been organizing to form a new political party in Alberta.[3] The Alberta
Alberta
Party thus shed its conservative past for a more centrist[4] political outlook. The party has been cited in The Globe and Mail[5] and The Economist[6] as part of the break in one-party politics in Alberta.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Ideological shift and party renewal 1.3 2011 leadership election 1.4 2012 Alberta
Alberta
general election 1.5 2013 leadership election 1.6 2018 leadership election 1.7 Floor Crossings

2 Leaders 3 Election results

3.1 2015 general election 3.2 2012 general election 3.3 All general elections 3.4 By-elections

4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Early history[edit] The Alberta
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
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
Alberta
Reform Movement and the Western Canada
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.[7] 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.[8] The party did not contest the 1997 provincial election.[9]

Alberta
Alberta
Party logo from 1998 to 2008

In 1998, the Alliance Party followed the example of the Saskatchewan Party and the Manitoba Party
Manitoba Party
by changing its name to the Alberta
Alberta
Party Political Association, or the Alberta
Alberta
Party for short.[10] Shortly before the 2004 election, the Alberta
Alberta
Party attempted to merge with the Alberta
Alberta
Alliance Party (a different organization from the old Alliance Party of Alberta). The merged party would have adopted the Alberta
Alberta
Party platform, and the Alberta
Alberta
Party provincial council would have had seats on the Alberta
Alberta
Alliance Provincial Council. The deal fell through because the Alberta
Alberta
Party would not agree to de-register the Alberta
Alberta
Party name with Elections Alberta.[citation needed] On October 1, 2004, shortly before the general election, the party shortened its registered name to " Alberta
Alberta
Party" from "the Alberta Party Political Association".[11] 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[edit]

Alberta
Alberta
Party logo used after the ideological shift from 2009 to 2011

After the rise of the Wildrose Alliance
Wildrose Alliance
as Alberta's main right-wing alternative to the governing Progressive Conservatives, the right-wing members of the Alberta
Alberta
Party left to join that party. This left a small rump of centrists in control of the party. In 2009, former Alberta
Alberta
Greens deputy leader Edwin Erickson, who had been organizing a new "Progress Party", was invited to run as a leadership candidate for the Alberta
Alberta
Party and won by acclamation. In 2010 the Alberta
Alberta
Party board voted to merge with Renew Alberta, a progressive and centrist group that had been organizing to form a new political party.[3] 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.[12][13] 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.[14] On January 24, 2011, former Liberal MLA Dave Taylor announced he was joining the Alberta
Alberta
Party, becoming the party's first MLA.[15] 2011 leadership election[edit]

Alberta
Alberta
Party logo used from 2011 to 2016

The party announced in January 2011 that a leadership convention would be held in Edmonton
Edmonton
on May 28, 2011.[16] Four candidates contested the leadership of the party: Glenn Taylor, mayor of Hinton; Tammy Maloney, a social entrepreneur; businessman Randy Royer;[17] and Lee Easton, chair of the English program at Mount Royal University.[18] Chris Tesarski, CEO of Sandbox Energy Corporation, was also a candidate early in the contest,[19] 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.[20] Dave Taylor, the party's only MLA, was also expected to run for the leadership,[21] 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.[22][23] 2012 Alberta
Alberta
general election[edit] The party nominated 38 candidates to run in the 28th Alberta
Alberta
general election.[24] None were elected. 2013 leadership election[edit] 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.[25] Entrepreneur and 2012 Calgary-Elbow
Calgary-Elbow
election candidate Greg Clark, and self-employed consultant and 2012 Calgary-North West
Calgary-North West
candidate Troy Millington, sought the leadership.[26] Clark won the election, receiving 87% of the 337 votes cast.[27] 2018 leadership election[edit] Main article: Alberta
Alberta
Party leadership election, 2018 A leadership election was triggered when Greg Clark stepped down as leader on November 18, 2017.[28] The election was held on February 27, 2018, after originally being scheduled to be on February 7.[29] Stephen Mandel
Stephen Mandel
became the new leader of the party after achieving 66% of the vote. Floor Crossings[edit] 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
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 Alberta
Alberta
Party.[30] In January 2018, former UCP MLA Rick Fraser announced that he would be joining the Alberta
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 closer together."[31] Fraser's joining of the Alberta
Alberta
Party tripled the caucus size from the results of the 2015 general election, leaving the Alberta
Alberta
Party as the third largest representation in the Legislature. Leaders[edit]

Picture Name Start Finish Notes

Howard Thompson 1986 1993

Mark Waters 1993 1997

George Flake 1997 1999

Fred Schorning 1999 2001

George Flake 2001 2004 Second time as leader.

Bruce Stubbs 2004 2009

Robert Leddy 2009 January 28, 2010 First leader of the ideological shift.

Edwin Erickson January 28, 2010 November 22, 2010 Leader for merger with Renew Alberta.

Sue Huff November 23, 2010 May 28, 2011 Interim leader.

Glenn Taylor May 28, 2011 September 22, 2012 Elected at a convention in Edmonton; stepped down after failing to win a seat in the 2012 Alberta
Alberta
general election.

Greg Clark 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 election.

Stephen Mandel February 27, 2018 Present

Election results[edit] 2015 general election[edit]

e • d Summary of the May 5, 2015 Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Alberta
election results[32]

Party Party leader Number of candidates Seats Popular vote*

2012 Dissol. 2015 % of Seats # % Change (pp)

New Democratic Rachel Notley 87 4 4 54 62.1 603,459 40.59 +30.77

Wildrose Brian Jean 86 17 5 21 24.1 360,124 24.22 -10.07

Progressive Conservative Jim Prentice 87 61 70 9 10.3 412,958 27.77 –16.18

Liberal David Swann 56 5 5 1 1.1 62,171 4.18 –5.71

Alberta
Alberta
Party Greg Clark 36 — - 1 1.1 33,867 2.28 +0.95

Green[33] Janet Keeping 24 — — — — 7,321 0.49 +0.10

Social Credit Len Skowronski 6 — — — — 832 0.06 +0.04

Communist Naomi Rankin 2 — — — — 181 0.01 =

Alberta
Alberta
First[34] Bart Hampton 1 — — — — 72 0.005 =

  Independent 15 — 1 — - 5,916 0.40 +0.13

  Vacant 2 1** 1.1

Total 400 87 87 87 100.0% 1,486,901 100.00%

* The total popular vote includes votes from voided Calgary-Foothills election. ** The candidate elected for Calgary-Foothills, Jim Prentice, disclaimed his victory.[35] According to section 139 of the Alberta
Alberta
Elections Act,[36] 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[edit]

e • d Summary of the April 23, 2012 Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Alberta
election results

Party Party leader Number of candidates[37] Seats Popular vote

2008 Dissol. 2012 % Change #1 % Change (pp)

Progressive Conservative Alison Redford 87 72 66 61 –7.85 567,060 43.95 –8.77

Wildrose Danielle Smith 87 — 4 17 +325 442,429 34.29 +27.51

Liberal Raj Sherman 87 9 8 5 –37.5 127,645 9.89 –16.54

New Democratic Brian Mason 87 2 2 4 +100 126,752 9.82 +1.34

Alberta
Alberta
Party Glenn Taylor 38 — 1 — –100 17,172 1.33 +1.32

Evergreen Larry Ashmore 25 —2 — — — 5,082 0.394 –4.162

  Independent 12 — 1 — –100 3,511 0.272 –0.53

Social Credit Len Skowronski 3 — — — — 294 0.0228 –0.19

Communist Naomi Rankin 2 — — — — 210 0.0163 +0.01

Separation Bart Hampton3 13 — — — — 68 0.00527 0.00

  Vacant 1

Total 429 83 83 87 +4.82 1,290,223 100.00%

Notes:

Results at the count.[38] Results change is compared to the Alberta
Alberta
Greens in 2008. Elections Alberta
Alberta
lists Bart Hampton as leader of the Separation Party of Alberta, however the party's only candidate is party president Glen Dundas.[39]

All general elections[edit]

Election Banner Leader Candidates Votes % Seats +/- Position Government

1993 Alliance

Mark Waters

4 / 83

3,548 0.36%

0 / 83

0 7th N/A

2001 Alberta

Coalition with Social Credit[40] N/A

2004 Bruce Stubbs

4 / 83

2,485 0.30%

0 / 83

0 8th N/A

2008

1 / 83

51 0.01%

0 / 83

0 9th N/A

2012 Glenn Taylor

38 / 87

17,172 1.33%

0 / 87

0 5th N/A

2015 Greg Clark

36 / 87

33,867 2.28%

1 / 87

1 5th No status

By-elections[edit]

Banner Election Date Vote %

Alliance Party Little Bow by-election March 5, 1992 399 7.14%

Three Hills by-election October 26, 1992 566 5.47%

References[edit]

^ "About the Alberta
Alberta
Party". Alberta
Alberta
Party. Retrieved April 7, 2011.  ^ Kolafa, Pat (February 11, 2011). " Alberta
Alberta
Party talks policy with Drumheller Councillors". Drumheller Mail. Retrieved April 7, 2011.  ^ a b http://www.renewalberta.ca/ Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Campbell, Ian (March 31, 2017). " Alberta
Alberta
Party makes strides as it looks to #BringCentreTogether". 660 News. Calgary.  ^ Simpson, Jeffrey (February 2, 2011). "Alberta's one-party system is cracking up". Globe and Mail. Toronto.  ^ "Prairie fire: A split in Canada's most powerful right-wing political machine". The Economist. January 27, 2011.  ^ Thirteenth Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Alberta. Elections Alberta. 1991.  ^ "Calgary Currie Official Election Results 1993". Alberta
Alberta
Heritage. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2008.  ^ "1997 Alberta
Alberta
Provincial General Election Information". Elections Alberta. February 25, 1997. Retrieved July 6, 2008.  ^ Nineteenth Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Alberta. Elections Alberta. 1999.  ^ "28th Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer" (PDF). Elections Alberta. 2004. p. 2.  ^ daveberta on February 21, 2010 (February 21, 2010). "breakfast with the new alberta party. Breakfast with the new Alberta
Alberta
Party". Daveberta.ca. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ "FFWD – The Alberta
Alberta
Party coming soon to a living room near you". Ffwdweekly.com. March 13, 2010. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ Alberta
Alberta
Party announces Acting Leader and releases first policies to Albertans Archived March 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Dave Taylor, MLA for Calgary Currie joins the Alberta
Alberta
Party[dead link] ^ Alberta
Alberta
Party kicks off leadership race[dead link] ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-11.  Randy Royer ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-11.  Lee Easton ^ Oil exec to run for Alberta
Alberta
Party leadership ^ Chris Tesarski (April 15, 2011). "I Love Alberta". Christesarski.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ Braid: Ex-Liberal Calgary MLA Dave Taylor to join Alberta
Alberta
Party Archived January 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ @midgelambertBRW (April 10, 2012). "Leadership election results announced". Albertaparty.ca. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ Hinton mayor elected first Alberta
Alberta
Party Leader[dead link] ^ " Alberta
Alberta
Party 2012 election candidates". Albertaparty.ca. Retrieved April 14, 2012.  ^ " Alberta
Alberta
Party announces Leadership Race". AlbertaParty.ca. Retrieved May 29, 2013.  ^ "Two candidates vie for Alberta
Alberta
Party leadership". Calgary Herald. Retrieved September 18, 2013.  ^ " Alberta
Alberta
Party elects new leader". Global News. Retrieved March 5, 2014.  ^ Tait, Carrie (November 10, 2017). " Alberta
Alberta
Party leader Greg Clark to step down, opening door for leadership campaign". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 10, 2017.  ^ " Alberta
Alberta
Party releases rules for leadership race, extends contest date".  ^ "Calgary MLA Karen McPherson joins Alberta
Alberta
Party after leaving NDP". Global News. Retrieved 2018-02-11.  ^ "Former PC Rick Fraser running for Alberta
Alberta
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Journal. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-02-11.  ^ "Unofficial Results". Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2015.  ^ Results compared to the Evergreen Party's results in 2012 ^ Results compared to the Separation Party's results in 2012 ^ Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (5 June 2015). "Notice: Members Elected to Serve in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta". The Alberta
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External links[edit]

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Party website

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Alberta
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