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New Online Resource Provides Historical Member Profiles

Who served in the First Legislature? In which constituencies did they serve? Did an MLA run for office in previous elections? What legislative committees did the MLA sit on?

The answers to these questions and more can be found on the Member Profiles listed on assembly.ab.ca. In addition to the biographies for each current MLA, Profiles are now available on all 905 individuals who have served as MLAs since Alberta’s first general election in 1905. The information can be found under the Members of the Legislative Assembly tab on the site’s homepage.

“What we now have is a comprehensive online resource that details the legislative service of every MLA that has been elected in Alberta’s history,” said Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “The information has been verified using a variety of authoritative sources; anyone with an interest in parliamentary history or Alberta’s history in general will find these Profiles useful and interesting.”

Each MLA profile includes a photograph (if available); dates of service; contested elections and constituencies; party affiliation; offices and roles; and the legislative committee memberships each MLA held during their tenure.

Legislature Library staff referenced numerous sources to compile the information, including: historical Journals of the Legislative Assembly, newspapers and archives. The result is a comprehensive portal of basic facts about Members that will be updated continually.

The Member Profiles can be viewed by Legislature or searched by Member name or constituency. Additionally, fields within each profile can be sorted to suit the user’s needs and the results can be downloaded in PDF format.

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