14th Alberta Legislature

The 14th Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from February 11, 1960, to May 9, 1963, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 1959 Alberta general election held on June 18, 1959. The Legislature officially resumed on February 11, 1960, and continued until the fifth session was prorogued on March 29, 1963, and dissolved on May 9, 1963, prior to the 1963 Alberta general election.[1]

14th Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
February 11, 1960 – May 9, 1963
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Parliament leaders
Premier
(cabinet)
Ernest Charles Manning
(Manning cabinet)
May 31, 1943 – December 12, 1968
Party caucuses
GovernmentSocial Credit Party
UnrecognizedAlberta Liberal Party
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
Coalition
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Assembly
Peter Dawson
February 25, 1937 – March 24, 1963
Arthur J. Dixon
March 26, 1963 – March 1, 1972
Members65 MLA seats
Sovereign
MonarchElizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
Lieutenant
Governor
Hon. John Percy Page
December 19, 1959 – January 6, 1966
Sessions
1st Session
February 11, 1960 – April 11, 1960
2nd Session
February 16, 1961 – April 12, 1961
3rd Session
November 28, 1961 – November 29, 1961
4th Session
February 15, 1962 – April 5, 1962
5th Session
February 14, 1963 – March 29, 1963
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Alberta's fourteenth government was controlled by the majority Social Credit Party for the seventh time, led by Premier Ernest Manning who would go on to be the longest serving Premier in Alberta history. The was no Official Opposition as three parities and one independent made up the four non-government house seats. The Speaker was Peter Dawson who would serve until his death on March 24, 1963. Dawson would be replaced as Speaker by Arthur J. Dixon, who would remain the speaker until the fall of the Social Credit government after the 1971 Alberta general election. This was the first assembly elected after the Government of Alberta changed from Single Transferable Vote to First Past the Post.

Standings changes since the 14th general electionEdit

Number of members
per party by date
1959 1960 1961 1963
Jun 18 Sep 28 Oct 21 Nov 30 Jan 19 Sep 5 Oct 10 Oct 26 Nov 27 Mar 24
     Social Credit 61 60 59 60 61 60 59 60 61 60
Liberal 1
     Progressive Conservative 1
Coalition 1
     Independent Social Credit 1
Total members 65 64 63 64 65 64 63 64 65 64
Vacant 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 1
Government Majority 57 56 55 56 57 56 55 56 57 56
Membership changes in the 14th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  June 18, 1959 See List of Members Election day of the 14th Alberta general election
     September 28, 1960 James Owens Didsbury Social Credit Died from a Heart Attack.[2]
     October 21, 1960 Elizabeth Robinson Medicine Hat Social Credit Died from an undisclosed illness in Medicine Hat hospital.[2]
     November 30, 1960 Robert Clark Didsbury Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     January 19, 1961 Harry Leinweber Medicine Hat Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     September 5, 1961 William Gilliland Peace River Social Credit Died after prolonged illness related to a Heart Attack.[3]
     October 10, 1961 Karl Nordstrom Bonnyville Social Credit Died[4] after hospitalization for undisclosed illness.[5]
     October 26, 1961 Euell Montgomery Peace River Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     November 27, 1961 Romeo Lamothe Bonnyville Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     March 24, 1963 Peter Dawson Little Bow Social Credit Died

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perry, Sandra E.; Footz, Valerie L. (2006). Massolin, Philip A. (ed.). A Higher Duty: Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies. Edmonton, AB: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. p. 498. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Illness Proves Fatal to Mrs. Gladys Robinson". Vol LIII No 262. The Lethbridge Herald. October 21, 1960. p. 1.
  3. ^ "W.F. Gilliland Alberta MLA dies". Vol LIV No. 225. The Lethbridge Herald. September 6, 1961. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Deaths Yesterday". Vol LIV No 254. The Lethbridge Herald. October 11, 2010. p. 2-2.
  5. ^ "Alberta MLA Critically Ill". Vol LIV No 248. The Lethbridge Herald. October 3, 1961. p. 29.

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