25th Alberta Legislature
The 25th Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from April 9, 2001, to October 25, 2004, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 2001 Alberta general election held on March 12, 2001. The Legislature officially resumed on April 9, 2001, and continued until the fourth session was prorogued and dissolved on October 25, 2004, prior to the 2004 Alberta general election on November 22, 2004.
|25th Alberta Legislature|
|April 9, 2001 – October 25, 2004|
December 14, 1992 – December 14, 2006
|Leader of the|
March 12, 2001 – March 14, 2004
|Government||Progressive Conservative Association|
|Recognized||New Democratic Party|
|Speaker of the|
April 14, 1997 – May 23, 2012
May 26, 1999 – November 24, 2006
|Members||83 MLA seats|
February 6, 1952 – present
|Hon. Lois Hole|
February 10, 2000 – January 6, 2005
April 9, 2001 – November 29, 2001
February 26, 2002 – December 4, 2002
February 18, 2003 – December 3, 2003
February 17, 2004 – October 24, 2004
Alberta's twenty-fifth government was controlled by the majority Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, led by Premier Ralph Klein. The Official Opposition was led by Ken Nicol of the Liberal Party. The Speaker was Ken Kowalski. With the exception of the three MLAs listed below, all members held their seats until dissolution of the legislature.
The 25th Legislative Assembly was ushered in with a massive Progressive Conservative majority, with Alberta being dubbed Ralph's World following the 2001 general election. The official opposition Liberals began a turbulent period that would see the party go through four leaders.
Towards the end of the legislature for the first time since 1985, a new party caucus was formed. Edmonton-Norwood MLA Gary Masyk would cross the floor to the Alberta Alliance which had been formed in 2002 and registered in 2003 creating the caucus for that party. His reason for leaving was the Premier's interference in the 2004 federal election that coincided with a sharp decline in poll numbers that kept the federal Conservatives from winning the election. His electoral district was also abolished in the 2004 Alberta Boundary Re-distribution.
Support the Progressive Conservatives softened through the reign of the Assembly but still remained high during the 2004 general election.
Adult Interdependent Relationships ActEdit
The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act (S.A. 2002, c. A-4.5) was passed by the Alberta Legislature on December 4, 2002, and proclaimed in force on June 1, 2003. The act did not amend Alberta's Marriage Act, but did amend 69 other Alberta laws following the 1999 landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case of M. v. H., which essentially required all provinces to extend the benefits of common-law marriage to same-sex couples, under the equality provisions of Section Fifteen of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Owing to the conservative political climate in the province, the government of Alberta was slow to respond, but in 2000 Alberta did amend the provincial Marriage Act to specifically limit marriage to different-sex couples. The Act was based on the January 2002 Alberta Law Reform Institute recommendations in Recognition of Rights and Obligations in Same-Sex Relationships which was funded in part by the provincial government.
Electoral Divisions ActEdit
The Electoral Divisions Act (S.A. 2003, c. E-4.1) was passed by the Alberta Legislature during the third session, and received Royal Assent on May 15, 2003. The Act implemented the recommendations of the Final Report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, chaired by former Social Credit MLA and Alberta's Ethics Commissioner Robert Curtis Clark which delineated the new electoral boundaries for the upcoming 2004 Alberta general election and the 26th Alberta Legislature. The new electoral boundaries retained a total of 83 seats, with Calgary gaining two seats, Edmonton losing one seat, and one of the "special consideration" divisions (due to its isolation, it is allowed to have a population below 75% of the provincial average) was eliminated, leaving Dunvegan-Central Peace the last remaining special consideration district.
Members of the 25th Legislature by districtEdit
Standings changes during the 25th AssemblyEdit
|Number of members
per party by date
|Mar 12||Dec 31||Apr 8||May 25||May 28||Jun 29|
- December 31, 2001 Robert Fischer, Wainwright resigns
- April 8, 2002 Doug Griffiths, Wainwright elected in a by-election
- May 25, 2004 Ken Nicol, Lethbridge-East resigns to run in a federal election
- May 28, 2004 Debby Carlson, Edmonton Ellerslie resigned to run in a federal election
- June 29, 2004 Gary Masyk, Edmonton Norwood crossed the floor to the Alberta Alliance
- 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. 504. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
- "NDP Leader Brian Mason". CBC News. March 16, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
- Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, S.A. 2002, c. A-4.5
- Dobbie, Peter J. (April 26, 2003). "Adult Interdependent Relationships Act: Estate Planning and Administration Issues for General Practitioners" (PDF). Duncan & Craig LLP. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 11, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
- Elliott, R. Douglas. "The Canadian Earthquake: Same-sex Marriage in Canada" (PDF). The New England Law Review. 38 (3): 608, 610. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 4, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
- "Recognition of Rights and Obligations in Same-Sex Relationships" (PDF). Alberta Law Reform Institute. January 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2007.
- Electoral Divisions Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-4.1
- Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission (February 2003). "Proposed Electoral Division Areas, Boundaries, and Names for Alberta. Final Report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
- Office of the Chief Electoral Officer; Legislative Assembly Office (2006). A Century of Democracy: Elections of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 1905-2005. The Centennial Series. Edmonton, AB: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. ISBN 0-9689217-8-7. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
- 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. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved August 9, 2020.