Alberta Votes

Alberta elections by the numbers

Albertans are heading to the polls in May. Here are some quick facts about the parties, the candidates and elections past.
Albertans are heading to the polls this spring. (CBC)

​The legislature: 

  • Number of MLAs: 87
  • Number of MLAs by party: 72 Progressive Conservatives, 5 Wildrose, 5 Liberals, 4 NDP, 1 independent
  • Number of MLAs who are not running again: 25

The Wildrose floor-crossers: 

  • Number of Wildrose MLAs who crossed to the PCs:  11
  • Number who are retiring: 3 (Rob Anderson, Bruce Rowe, Jason Hale)
  • Number who lost their PC nominations: 3 (Danielle Smith, Gary Bikman, Rod Fox)
  • Number running again as Tories: 5 (Kerry Towle, Ian Donovan, Jeff Wilson, Bruce McAllister, Blake Pederson)

Date party leaders were elected/appointed:

  • Green Party leader Janet Keeping: September 2012
  • Alberta Party leader Greg Clark: Sept. 21, 2013
  • Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice: Sept. 6, 2014
  • NDP leader Rachel Notley: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Liberal leader David Swann:  Feb. 1, 2015
  • Wildrose leader Brian Jean: March 28, 2015

Party facts: 

  • Date the Progressive Conservatives won their first majority government: Aug. 30, 1971
  • Number of consecutive PC majorities since then: 11

  • Year Albertans elected the largest number of Liberal MLAs: 39 of 56 seats in 1913
  • Year Albertans elected the largest number of Wildrose MLAs: 17 of 87 seats in 2012
  • Year Albertans elected the largest number of NDP MLAs: 16 of 83 seats in 1986 and 1989

  • Year the first NDP MLA was elected: 1971 (Grant Notley)
  • Year the first Wildrose MLA was elected: 2009 (Paul Hinman in Calgary-Glenmore byelection)

Election facts: 

  • Voter turnout in 2012: 54.37%
  • Highest voter turnout: 81.8% in 1935
  • Lowest voter turnout: 40.59% in 2008

  • Cost of the 2008 election: $9,925,984
  • Cost of the 2012 election: $13,631,864

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