Originally Posted by lubicon
Whenever the next Premier decides to call it. Last one was (I think) about 2-3 years ago so we don't have to have one by law for another few years.
Last time around wasn't Stelmach in 3rd place after the first ballot? just because Mar is in first after the first doesn't necessarily mean a lot at the end.
The last election was March 3, 2008, so the next one will be no later than March 2013, but probably sooner.
It seems common in western democracies that there is a bit of a 'gentleman's agreement' that an election is called within 1 year of a change of leadership (Not just in Alberta), so as not to look like the role of Premier was filled without a mandate from all voters.
Yup, Stelmach was in 3rd. The only difference I see for Mar is that when Stelmach got the job, the front runner after the first vote had only 30% of the vote, while Mar has 40%. In the last leadership race, the candidates who did not make it to round 2 had a lot more power to ask their supporters to choose a different candidate. This time, the supporters of the bottom 3 would have to *all* choose Alison Redford, and she could barely win so long as no Mar voters changed their minds. I'm not sure if Horner could win with the supporters of the bottom 3 if no one else changed their mind.