28th Alberta Legislature

The 28th Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from May 23, 2012, to April 7, 2015, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 2012 Alberta general election held on April 23, 2012. The Legislature officially resumed on May 23, 2012, and continued until the third session was prorogued and dissolved on April 7, 2015, prior to the 2015 Alberta general election on May 5, 2015.

28th Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
May 23, 2012 – April 7, 2015
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Parliament leaders
Alison Redford
(Redford cabinet)
October 7, 2011 – March 23, 2014
Dave Hancock
March 23, 2014 – September 15, 2014
Jim Prentice
(Prentice cabinet)
September 15, 2014 – May 24. 2015
Leader of the
Danielle Smith
April 24, 2012 – December 17, 2014
Heather Forsyth
December 22, 2014 – June 1, 2015
Party caucuses
GovernmentProgressive Conservative Association
OppositionWildrose Party
RecognizedLiberal Party
New Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Gene Zwozdesky
May 23, 2012 – June 11, 2015
House Leader
Dave Hancock
March 12, 2008 – September 5, 2013
Robin Campbell
December 6, 2013 – September 14, 2014
Diana McQueen
September 15, 2014 – November 12, 2014
Jonathan Denis
November 12, 2014 – May 5, 2015
House Leader
Rob Anderson
May 1, 2012 – December 17, 2014
Shayne Saskiw
December 22, 2014 – May 5, 2015
Members87 MLA seats
MonarchElizabeth II
February 6, 1952 – present
Hon. Donald Ethell
May 11, 2010 – June 12, 2015
1st Session
May 23, 2012 – March 1, 2014
2nd Session
March 3, 2014 – September 18, 2014
3rd Session
November 17, 2014 – April 7, 2015
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Alberta's twenty-sixth government was controlled by the majority Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, led by Premier Alison Redford until her resignation on October 7, 2011, and subsequently led by Dave Hancock temporarily until Jim Prentice was confirmed leader of the Progressive Conservatives. The Official Opposition was led by Danielle Smith of the Wildrose Party until she crossed the floor to join the PCs, and the opposition was subsequently led by Heather Forsyth. The Speaker was Gene Zwozdesky.


The Public Service Salary Restraint Act (informally referred to as Bill 46) is an Act of the Legislature of Alberta passed in 2013. The Bill was introduced in 2013 by Finance Minister Doug Horner. The bill passed first, second, and third readings and went into effect on December 11, 2013.[1] The law applies only to negotiations with the province's largest public-sector union, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

In February 2014 Court of Queen's Bench Justice Denny Thomas granted an indefinite injunction against the Bill saying "the legislation could irreparably harm labour relations, guts the collective bargaining process and effectively emasculates the AUPE".[2]

On April 28, 2014, details emerged of a deal reached between the Hancock government and the AUPE. The tentative agreement called for a lump-sum payment of $1,850 the first year followed by pay increases totalling 6.75 per cent over three years. Members of the AUPE will vote on the agreement in June 2014 before the government ratifies it.[3]

The deal was announced Monday, the same day the government dropped its appeal of an injunction the union won against legislation that would have imposed an austere contract similar to ones that went into effect last year for Alberta physicians and teachers.[3]

Membership in the 28th Alberta Legislative AssemblyEdit

Member Party Constituency
  Rob Anderson Wildrose Airdrie
  Progressive Conservative
  Jeff Johnson Progressive Conservative Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater
  Ron Casey Progressive Conservative Banff-Cochrane
  Maureen Kubinec Progressive Conservative Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock
  Doug Griffiths Progressive Conservative Battle River-Wainwright
  Genia Leskiw Progressive Conservative Bonnyville-Cold Lake
  Jonathan Denis Progressive Conservative Calgary-Acadia
  Alana DeLong Progressive Conservative Calgary-Bow
  Kent Hehr Liberal Calgary-Buffalo
  Yvonne Fritz Progressive Conservative Calgary-Cross
  Christine Cusanelli Progressive Conservative Calgary-Currie
  Moe Amery Progressive Conservative Calgary-East
  Alison Redford Progressive Conservative Calgary-Elbow
  Gordon Dirks Progressive Conservative
  Heather Forsyth Wildrose Calgary-Fish Creek
  Len Webber Progressive Conservative Calgary-Foothills
  Jim Prentice Progressive Conservative
  Wayne Cao Progressive Conservative Calgary-Fort
  Linda Johnson Progressive Conservative Calgary-Glenmore
  Manmeet Bhullar Progressive Conservative Calgary-Greenway
  Jason Luan Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hawkwood
  Ric McIver Progressive Conservative Calgary-Hays
  Kyle Fawcett Progressive Conservative Calgary-Klein
  Dave Rodney Progressive Conservative Calgary-Lougheed
  Neil Brown Progressive Conservative Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill
  Darshan Kang Liberal Calgary-McCall
  David Swann Liberal Calgary-Mountain View
  Sandra Jansen Progressive Conservative Calgary-North West
  Teresa Woo-Paw Progressive Conservative Calgary-Northern Hills
  Jeff Wilson Wildrose Calgary-Shaw
  Progressive Conservative
  Rick Fraser Progressive Conservative Calgary-South East
  Donna Kennedy-Glans Progressive Conservative Calgary-Varsity
  Progressive Conservative
  Ken Hughes Progressive Conservative Calgary-West
  Mike Ellis Progressive Conservative
  Gary Bikman Wildrose Cardston-Taber-Warner
  Progressive Conservative
  Bruce McAllister Wildrose Chestermere-Rocky View
  Progressive Conservative
  Drew Barnes Wildrose Cypress-Medicine Hat
  Diana McQueen Progressive Conservative Drayton Valley-Devon
  Rick Strankman Wildrose Drumheller-Stettler
  Hector Goudreau Progressive Conservative Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley
  Deron Bilous NDP Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
  David Eggen NDP Edmonton-Calder
  Thomas Lukaszuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Castle Downs
  Laurie Blakeman Liberal Edmonton-Centre
  Janice Sarich Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Decore
  Naresh Bhardwaj Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Ellerslie
  Heather Klimchuk Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Glenora
  David Dorward Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Gold Bar
  Brian Mason NDP Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
  Peter Sandhu Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Manning
  Progressive Conservative
  David Xiao Progressive Conservative Edmonton-McClung
  Raj Sherman Liberal Edmonton-Meadowlark
  Gene Zwozdesky Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Mill Creek
  Sohail Quadri Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Mill Woods
  Steve Young Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Riverview
  Fred Horne Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Rutherford
  Matt Jeneroux Progressive Conservative Edmonton-South West
  Rachel Notley NDP Edmonton-Strathcona
  Dave Hancock Progressive Conservative Edmonton-Whitemud
  Stephen Mandel Progressive Conservative
  Don Scott Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Conklin
  Mike Allen Progressive Conservative Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
  Progressive Conservative
  Jacquie Fenske Progressive Conservative Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  Everett McDonald Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie-Smoky
  Wayne Drysdale Progressive Conservative Grande Prairie-Wapiti
  Danielle Smith Wildrose Highwood
  Progressive Conservative
  Kerry Towle Wildrose Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
  Progressive Conservative
  Shayne Saskiw Wildrose Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills
  Rod Fox Wildrose Lacombe-Ponoka
  Progressive Conservative
  George Rogers Progressive Conservative Leduc-Beaumont
  Pearl Calahasen Progressive Conservative Lesser Slave Lake
  Bridget Pastoor Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-East
  Greg Weadick Progressive Conservative Lethbridge-West
  Ian Donovan Wildrose Little Bow
  Progressive Conservative
  Pat Stier Wildrose Livingstone-Macleod
  Blake Pedersen Wildrose Medicine Hat
  Progressive Conservative
  Bruce Rowe Wildrose Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
  Progressive Conservative
  Frank Oberle Progressive Conservative Peace River
  Mary Anne Jablonski Progressive Conservative Red Deer-North
  Cal Dallas Progressive Conservative Red Deer-South
  Joe Anglin Wildrose Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre
  Cathy Olesen Progressive Conservative Sherwood Park
  Doug Horner Progressive Conservative Spruce Grove-St. Albert
  Stephen Khan Progressive Conservative St. Albert
  Ken Lemke Progressive Conservative Stony Plain
  Dave Quest Progressive Conservative Strathcona-Sherwood Park
  Jason Hale Wildrose Strathmore-Brooks
  Progressive Conservative
  Richard Starke Progressive Conservative Vermilion-Lloydminster
  Robin Campbell Progressive Conservative West Yellowhead
  Verlyn Olson Progressive Conservative Wetaskiwin-Camrose
  George VanderBurg Progressive Conservative Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Seating planEdit

As of March 2014Edit

Casey Khan Xiao Anglin Bikman Fox Rowe Strankman Stier Webber Allen Kennedy-Glans
Jablonski Kubinec Olesen Barnes Pedersen McAllister Towle Saskiw Donovan Kang Swann Eggen Bilous
Rogers Amery Jeneroux Wilson Anderson Smith Forsyth Hale Sherman Blakeman Hehr Mason Notley
Drysdale Oberle Hughes McIver J. Johnson Horne Horner Campbell Redford Hancock McQueen Klimchuk Olson Dallas Bhullar Denis Lukaszuk
Fritz Fraser Rodney Quest Griffiths Starke Dorward VanderBurg Jansen Woo-Paw Weadick Fawcett Scott Bhardwaj Pastoor
Goudreau Lemke Cao Quadri Calahasen Sandhu McDonald Fenske L. Johnson Leskiw Cusanelli Brown DeLong Luan Sarich Young

Official Seating Plan (Retrieved March 17, 2014)

In the final year of the 28th Assembly, the seating plan changed drastically due to floor-crossing and new party leaders for all four recognized parties.

As of March 2015Edit

Leskiw Fritz Goudreau Anderson Rowe Pastoor Cao Anglin
Jablonski Dallas Hale DeLong Horne Kennedy-Glans Barnes Stier Strankman Sherman Kang Mason Bilous
Rogers Brown Young Weadick Quest Amery Forsyth Saskiw Blakeman Swann Hehr Notley Eggen
Khan Drysdale J. Johnson Fawcett Klimchuk Dirks Mandel Campbell Prentice Denis McQueen Oberle Bhullar Olson Scott Kubinec McIver
Sarich Starke Olesen Bhardwaj Dorward Woo-Paw McAllister Lemke VanderBurg Jansen Rodney Smith Fraser Cusanelli Quadri Fox
Allen Wilson Lukaszuk Pedersen Casey Donovan Calahasen Jeneroux L. Johnson Ellis Fenske McDonald Xiao Towle Bikman Luan Sandhu

Official Seating Plan (Retrieved March 10, 2015)

Standings changes since the 28th general electionEdit

Number of members
per party by date
2012 2013 2014 2015
Apr 23 May 14 Jul 16 Dec 10 Mar 12 Mar 17 Jul 7 Aug 6 Sep 15 Sep 17 Sep 29 Oct 27 Nov 2 Nov 24 Dec 17 Jan 26 Jan 31
Progressive Conservative 61 60 59 60 59 58 59 58 57 58 57 61 63 72 71 70
Wildrose 17 16 14 5
Liberal 5
New Democratic 4
Alberta Party 0
Independent 0 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 1
  Total members 87 86 85 83 87 86 85
Vacant 0 1 2 4 0 1 2
  Government Majority 35 33 31 33 31 29 31 30 29 31 35 39 57 56 55

After the defections of 11 Wildrose MLA's, the Liberals and Wildrose were tied at 5 seats each, but the Speaker ruled that Wildrose would continue as the Official Opposition, a status that carries additional funding and privileges.[4]

Membership changes in the 28th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  April 23, 2012 See list of members Election day of the 28th Alberta general election
  May 14, 2013 Peter Sandhu Edmonton-Manning Independent Left Progressive Conservative caucus[5]
  July 16, 2013 Mike Allen Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Independent Left Progressive Conservative caucus[6]
  December 10, 2013 Peter Sandhu Edmonton-Manning Progressive Conservative Rejoined Progressive Conservative caucus[7]
  March 12, 2014 Len Webber Calgary-Foothills Independent Left Progressive Conservative caucus[8]
  March 17, 2014 Donna Kennedy-Glans Calgary-Varsity Independent Left Progressive Conservative caucus[9]
  July 7, 2014 Mike Allen Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Progressive Conservative Rejoined Progressive Conservative caucus[10]
  August 6, 2014 Alison Redford Calgary-Elbow Progressive Conservative Resigned seat[11]
  September 15, 2014 Dave Hancock Edmonton-Whitemud Progressive Conservative Resigned seat[12]
  September 17, 2014 Donna Kennedy-Glans Calgary-Varsity Progressive Conservative Rejoined Progressive Conservative caucus[13]
  September 29, 2014 Len Webber Calgary-Foothills Independent Resigned seat[14]
  September 29, 2014 Ken Hughes Calgary-West Progressive Conservative Resigned seat[14]
  October 27, 2014 Gordon Dirks Calgary-Elbow Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election[15]
  October 27, 2014 Jim Prentice Calgary-Foothills Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election[15]
  October 27, 2014 Mike Ellis Calgary-West Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election[15]
  October 27, 2014 Stephen Mandel Edmonton-Whitemud Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election[15]
  November 2, 2014 Joe Anglin Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Independent Left Wildrose caucus[16]
  November 24, 2014 Kerry Towle Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus[17]
  November 24, 2014 Ian Donovan Little Bow Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus[17]
  December 17, 2014 Danielle Smith Highwood Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Rob Anderson Airdrie Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Gary Bikman Cardston-Taber-Warner Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Rod Fox Lacombe-Ponoka Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Jason Hale Strathmore-Brooks Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Bruce McAllister Chestermere-Rocky View Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Blake Pedersen Medicine Hat Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Bruce Rowe Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  December 17, 2014 Jeff Wilson Calgary-Shaw Progressive Conservative Joined Progressive Conservative caucus
  January 26, 2015 Doug Griffiths Battle River-Wainwright Progressive Conservative Resigned seat[18]
  January 31, 2015 Doug Horner Spruce Grove-St. Albert Progressive Conservative Resigned seat[19]


  1. ^ "Bill 46: Public Service Salary Restraint Act (Horner)". assembly.ab.ca. Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Wood, James (February 18, 2014). "Redford says she won't back down on labour law allowing mandatory settlements". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Details emerge on 4-year AUPE deal". CBC News. The Canadian Press. April 29, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/12/23/wildrose-stays-as-official-opposition-in-alberta
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Sarah (May 14, 2013). "Edmonton Conservative MLA withdraws from caucus while ethics investigation underway". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Alberta MLA quits PC caucus after U.S. prostitution arrest". CBC News. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "MLA Peter Sandhu back in PC caucus". CBC News. December 10, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Wood, James (March 12, 2014). "MLA won't remain a Tory 'with her as leader of the party'". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Berrett, Jessica (March 18, 2014). "Associate minister leaves Tories, blaming culture of entitlement". Calgary Herald. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  10. ^ Mertz, Emily (July 7, 2014). "Alberta MLA Mike Allen back in PC Caucus". Global News. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Kleiss, Karen (August 6, 2014). "Alison Redford resigns seat, leaves politics". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  12. ^ Bennett, Dean (September 12, 2014). "Outgoing Alberta premier Dave Hancock resigns MLA seat". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kennedy-Glans returns to Alberta PC caucus". Global News. September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Howell, Trevor (September 30, 2014). "Prentice to run in Calgary-Foothills as four byelections called". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  15. ^ a b c d "Alberta byelections swept by Jim Prentice's Progressive Conservative Party". CBC News. October 27, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Joe Anglin quits Wildrose caucus, will sit as independent". CBC News. November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Wildrose MLAs leave party to join PCs". Global Edmonton. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  18. ^ "Raj Sherman stepping down as Alberta Liberal leader". CBC News. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  19. ^ "Doug Horner resigning as MLA at end of January". CBC News. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.

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