The Representative Party of Alberta
was a provincial political party in Alberta
formed by Raymond Speaker
in 1984. The party was right of center, conservative in ideology and considered a modern version of Social Credit without the monetary reforms.
Roots of the Party
Prior to the 1982 Alberta election
, Raymond Speaker
and Walt Buck
left the Alberta Social Credit Party
and ran as Independents, despite being elected successfully to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
they were denied Official Opposition status by the Speaker of Legislature and funding reserved for political parties.
The party was created in response to this decision, and Raymond Speaker was elected leader in November of that year.
Collapse of the Alberta Political Alliance
In 1985 the Social Credit Party along with the Western Canada Concept
and Heritage Party of Alberta
began a merger movement that resulted in the Alberta Alliance Political Association
The merger was short lived and broke apart, collapsing the parties involved. many candidates and supporters moved to support the Representative Party which became the primary right wing alternative party for that election.
1986 general election
In the provincial election of 1986
, the Representative Party ran 46 candidates in Alberta’s 79 ridings
, but only its two founding MLAs were elected. The party received 36,656 votes, or 5.14% of the popular vote.
The final years of the party
After marginal success of the party in the 1986 election, Walt Buck later retired and Raymond Speaker ended up crossing the floor to the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party
. The Representative party remained registered but did not run candidates in the 1989
It was disbanded a short time later