Legislative Assembly of Alberta
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta is the deliberative assembly of the Alberta Legislature in Alberta, Canada. 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. Bills passed by the legislature are given royal assent by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
|30th Alberta Legislature|
|Founded||September 9, 1905|
|Preceded by||North-West Legislative Assembly|
Government House Leader
Opposition House Leader
|United Conservative (63) |
New Democratic (24)
|April 16, 2019|
|31st Alberta general election|
|Alberta Legislative Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
The maximum period between general elections of the assembly, as set by the country's Constitution, is five years, 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. 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.
The current and 30th Alberta Legislative Assembly was elected on April 16, 2019.
The first session of the first Legislature of Alberta opened on March 15, 1906, in the Thistle Rink, Edmonton, north of Jasper Avenue. In this arena Alberta MPs chose the provincial capital, Edmonton, and the future site for the Alberta Legislature Building: the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Allan Merrick Jeffers, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design was the architect who was chosen to build the assembly building. In September 1912 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada, declared the building officially open.
The current members of the Legislature were elected in the 30th Alberta general election held on April 16, 2019. Bold indicates cabinet members, and party leaders are italicized.
- Absent from Legislature during 2008-2012 term
†Absent from Legislature during 2015-2019 term
Standings during 30th Assembly
The 30th Alberta Legislative Assembly was constituted after the general election on April 16, 2019. The United Conservative Party, led by Jason Kenney, won a majority of seats and formed the government. The New Democrats, led by outgoing Premier Rachel Notley, won the second most seats and formed the official opposition.
- Party leaders are italicized. Bold indicates cabinet minister.
Notes and References
- "Legislative Assembly of Alberta". www.assembly.ab.ca.
- The Alberta Act, 4-5 Edw. VII , c. 3 (Canada), s. 12 .
- "Legislative Assembly Act". Queen's Printer. Section 3(1). Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- "Bill 21, Election Amendment Act, 2011" (PDF). The Legislative Assembly of Alberta. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
- "Election Act". Queen's Printer. Section 56. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- "History of the building". www.alberta.ca.
- "McDougall Centre". www.alberta.ca.
- "Jeffers, Allan Merrick - Alberta On Record". albertaonrecord.ca.
- "Alberta Legislature". Alberta Legislature - Explore Edmonton.
- Legislative Assembly of Alberta: Elected Members of the Assembly
- "Jason Kenney rides UCP wave to majority government in Alberta". CBC News. Apr 16, 2019.