This chair is a reproduction of the first Speaker's
chair used in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The office of the Speaker is linked directly with
the Speaker's chair which symbolizes the long history and varied duties of the
position. The Legislative Assembly does not sit unless the Speaker or
deputy Speaker is in the chair, and any disrespect shown to the occupant of this
chair is viewed as disrespect of the Assembly and Parliamentary traditions in
In Alberta there is no particular style for
Speaker's chairs, and over the years several have been used in the Assembly.
The chair used in the Legislature of the North-West Territories was large and
throne-like. When Alberta became a province and elected its first
Legislature, a new chair was purchased. Reproduced here, it resembled an
elaborate office chair. The first Speaker, Hon. Charles W. Fisher, MLA for
Banff, occupied this chair, and it remained in the House until it was replaced
in 1911. The present chair dates from 1936, when Nathan Eldon Tanner, MLA for
Cardston, became Speaker.