Alberta Politics

alberta candidate nomination update – october 2011 (part 2)

I have updated the list of declared and nominated candidates standing for the next Alberta provincial general election. By my count, the parties have now nominated the following number of candidates out of 87 constituencies in the next election: Alberta Party 11/87, Liberal 20/87, New Democratic Party 49/87, Progressive Conservative 39/87, Wildrose 53/87.

Here are some of the recent additions to the list:

Chestermere-Rockyview – Global Television host Bruce McAllister is the new Wildrose candidate in this Calgary area constituency. Disappearing from the Wildrose candidate roster is Chestermere Town Councillor Heather Davies, who was nominated as the Wildrose candidate in May 2011.

Drumheller-Stettler: Rick Strankman was nominated as the Wildrose candidate after defeating jeweller Doug Wade in a contested race. A third candidate, past-candidate Dave France called foul against his party after he was disqualified from the nomination at the last minute.

Calgary-Hays: Former Libertarian Party of Canada leader Dennis Young also says he was unfairly disqualified from the Wildrose nomination in this sprawling south east Calgary constituency.

Calgary-Currie: Calgary businessman Norval Horner, a cousin of Deputy Premier Doug Horner, was nominated as the Liberal Party candidate in this constituency, which elected Liberal-turned-Alberta Party MLA Dave Taylor in 2004 and 2008. It is also expected that 2008 Progressive Conservative candidate Arthur Kent may run in this constituency as an Independent candidate.

Calgary-Klein: The Liberal Party nomination scheduled for October 15 was postponed. Candidates seeking the nomination included Vincent St. Pierre and Matthew Moody. Mr. Moody unexpectedly withdrew from the contest at the last minute.

Grande Prairie-Wapiti: Ethane Jarvis is the nominated Wildrose candidate.

Edmonton-Glenora – Former MLA Bruce Miller was nominated as the Liberal Party candidate in this constituency. Liberal insiders say that local restauranteur and artist Sheri Somerville was heavily courted to run, but declined to seek the Liberal nomination. Reverend Miller was first elected in 2004 with 35% of the vote in a close three way contest between himself, high-profile NDP candidate Larry Booi, and PC MLA Drew Hutton, and he was defeated by now-Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk in 2008 by 104 votes.

Edmonton-Strathcona: NDP MLA Rachel Notley was nominated as her party’s candidate at a meeting attended by Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies. Ms. Notley was first elected as the MLA for this constituency in 2008, earning 49% of the vote.

Red Deer-South: On October 25, the NDP are expected to nominate former five-term City Councillor Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer as their candidate.

9 replies on “alberta candidate nomination update – october 2011 (part 2)”

“Ethane” Jarvis. You must be screwing with us;-). with a name like that, she should run for the WRP, as they apparently love everything hydrocarbon…

A note to make: Vincent St. Pierre is the President of Calgary-Klein’s Liberal board… so is it possible for him to be president while running for the candidate nomination? Or am I missing something?

Is that the same Bruce Miller that tried to start his own political party several years ago, because he was disgruntled with the Libs? His quote at the time was: “it’s obvious that the Liberal brand doesn’t work.”


Hi Dan,

Yes, I can hold the position of President and run for the candidacy. The booking of rooms, regulation of the election, and the minutae of the race would need to be passed on, however, to a neutral third party: like the Calgary regional chair or my Vice President.

Such nonsense Brent on the “his own … party…”. There was significant interest in many people to find some common ground in left of centre politics. As a social activist he was part of the movement which was approved by caucus and a slim majority of the Liberal Party. But with the ND’s firmly rejecting it, the concept has died. Change is not a dirty word and there’s plenty of it in the air, including in the Liberal Party.

What I find most interesting is how far ahead of the pack the Wildrose & NDP both are; WR have nominated or declared candidates in 61% of constituencies, and the NDP in 56%, while the PC are at 45%, the Libs are at 23% and the AP is at 13%. The Tories’ slowness could be explained by the number of incumbents possibly considering retirement, but what about the Liberals’?

So when is Laurie Blakeman going to announce her floor crossing to the NDP? I wonder if she’s hoping to quietly make that switch just before the election, or if it will come as part of this fall session.

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