This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Alberta’s new premier, Jim Prentice, has relinquished all speculations regarding the upcoming four by-elections in the province with his announcement on Monday morning. Prentice revealed that by-elections in one Edmonton and three Calgary constituencies will take place on October 27, including namely seats for Edmonton-Whitemud, Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-West and Calgary-Foothills. All of these seats are vacant after their respective MLAs stepped down in recent months.
Former premier and long-time MLA, Dave Hancock, resigned in Edmonton riding in mid-September, announcing that he was leaving provincial politics after Prentice was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Former premier and MLA, Alison Redford, gave up her seat from Calgary-Elbow in early August amid a cloud of scandal. Whereas, the remaining two seats from Calgary-West and Calgary-Foothills were vacated by the respective MLAs, Len Webber and Ken Hughes, on Monday as they vowed to leave provincial politics.
Apart from announcing the by-election date, Prentice unveiled the PC candidates to run for those seats. The party named Health Minister Stephen Mandel to run in Edmonton-Whitemud, Education Minister Gordon Dirks to run in Calgary-Elbow, Mike Ellis in Calgary-West and Prentice in Calgary-Foothills. On the other hand, the New Democrats also announced their four candidates to run in each constituencies on Monday. The NDP named Dr. Bob Turner for Edmonton-Whitemud, Stephanie McLean for Calgary-Elbow, Jennifer Burgess in Calgary-Foothills and Brian Malkinson in Calgary-West. Earlier, the Wildrose Party announced that Tim Grover would challenge Mandel and Turner for the seat in Edmonton-Whitemud, while John Fletcher is the party’s candidate in Calgary-Elbow.