Alberta Alliance Party

The Alberta Alliance was a right wing provincial political party in Alberta, Canada. Many of its members were supporters of the defunct Canadian Alliance federal political party and its predecessor, the Reform Party of Canada. Members also joined from such other provincial fringe parties as the Alberta First Party, the Alberta Party and Social Credit. Alliance supporters tended to view themselves as “true conservatives“, and believed the Progressive Conservative governments of PremiersRalph Klein and Ed Stelmach were out of touch with the needs of Albertans.

Political party in Canada

Alberta Alliance Party
Former provincial party
Leader Paul Hinman(2005-2008)
President Randy Thorsteinson(2007-2008)
Founded October 25, 2002
Dissolved January 31, 2008
Merged into Wildrose Alliance
Headquarters #3, 1303 44 Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Colours Blue & Green

Paul Hinman was elected the party’s leader at a leadership convention held on November 19, 2005.

On January 19, 2008, the party voted to change its name to the Wildrose Alliance Party when it absorbed the unregistered Wildrose Party of Alberta.

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The party was registered on October 25, 2002.[1] and its founding convention was held for two days beginning on February 14, 2003, in Red Deer, Alberta.[2]

Former Social Credit Party leader Randy Thorsteinson was selected as the first leader of the party on the second day of the founding convention on February 15, 2003. Thorsteinson had experience in Alberta politics as he was leader of Social Credit from 1992 to 1999.[2] He left the party in April 1999 in protest of an internal party proposal to limit the involvement of Mormons within the Party.[2]

The old logo 2002 to 2006

The Canadian Alliance (CA) never formed provincial wings or forged formal links with existing provincial parties. In the case of the CA’s predecessor, the Reform Party of Canada, an inactive Reform Party of Alberta had been formed by members of the federal party to keep the Reform name out of provincial politics. Unlike the Reform Party, the founders of the Alberta Alliance intended to form a very active party, and many members of the Alberta Alliance hoped the new party would be seen as the unofficial provincial wing of the CA.[3]

The new party never sought a formal link with the CA, and had it done so, the overture would likely have been rebuffed, since many Albertan CA members continued to support the Progressive Conservatives. However, the Alberta Alliance used the same blue-and-green colours used by the CA, and its logo bears a striking resemblance to that of the federal party. The Alberta Alliance continued to grow following the Canadian Alliance’s merger with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to form the new Conservative Party of Canada.

The Alliance gained its first Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (MLA) on June 29, 2004, when Gary Masykcrossed the floor, quitting the Progressive Conservative Party to protest Ralph Klein‘s handling of health care issues during the 2004 federal election. Masyk had represented the electoral district of Edmonton-Norwood since 2001.[4]

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