17th Alberta Legislature

The 17th Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from March 2, 1972, to February 14, 1975, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 1971 Alberta general election held on August 30, 1971. The Legislature officially resumed on March 2, 1972, and continued until the fourth session was prorogued and dissolved on February 14, 1975, prior to the 1975 Alberta general election.[1]

18th Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
March 2, 1972 – February 14, 1975
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Parliament leaders
Premier
(cabinet)
Peter Lougheed
(Lougheed cabinet)
September 10, 1971 – November 1, 1985
Leader of the
Opposition
Harry Strom
December 10, 1971 – November 22, 1972
James Douglas Henderson
February 15, 1973 – August 21, 1973
Robert Curtis Clark
September 15, 1973 – November 28, 1980
Party caucuses
GovernmentProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta
OppositionSocial Credit Party
UnrecognizedNew Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Assembly
Gerard Amerongen
March 2, 1972 – June 11, 1986
Opposition
House Leader
Gordon E. Taylor
March 2, 1972 – February 14, 1973
Members75 MLA seats
Sovereign
MonarchElizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
Lieutenant
Governor
Hon. Grant MacEwan
January 26, 1966 – July 2, 1974
Hon. Ralph Garvin Steinhauer
July 2, 1974 – October 18, 1979
Sessions
1st Session
March 2, 1972 – November 22, 1972
2nd Session
February 15, 1972 – December 14, 1973
3rd Session
March 7, 1974 – November 6, 1974
4th Session
January 23, 1975 – February 14, 1975
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Alberta's seventeenth government was controlled by the majority Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta for the first time, led by Premier Peter Lougheed. The Official Opposition was led by former Premier Harry Strom of the Social Credit Party, and subsequently James Douglas Henderson and Robert Curtis Clark. The Speaker was Gerard Amerongen who would serve in the role until he was defeated in the 1986 Alberta general election.

Party standings after the 17th General ElectionEdit

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Affiliation Members
  Progressive Conservative Party 49
     Social Credit Party 25
     NDP 1
 Total
75
  • A party requires four seats to have official party status in the legislature. Parties with fewer than four seats are not entitled to party funding although their members will usually be permitted to sit together in the chamber.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perry, Sandra E.; Footz, Valerie L. (2006). Massolin, Philip A. (ed.). A Higher Duty: Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies. Edmonton, AB: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. p. 499. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved August 9, 2020.

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