16th Alberta Legislature

The 16th Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from February 15, 1968, to April 27, 1971, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 1967 Alberta general election held on May 23, 1967. The Legislature officially resumed on February 15, 1968, and continued until the fourth session was prorogued on April 27, 1971, and dissolved on July 22, 1971, prior to the 1971 Alberta general election.[1]

16th Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
February 15, 1968 – July 22, 1971
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Parliament leaders
Premier
(cabinet)
Ernest Charles Manning
(Manning cabinet)
May 31, 1943 – December 12, 1968
Harry Strom
(Strom cabinet)
December 12, 1968 – September 10, 1971
Leader of the
Opposition
Peter Lougheed
February 15, 1968 – April 27, 1971
Party caucuses
GovernmentSocial Credit Party
OppositionProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta
RecognizedAlberta Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Assembly
Arthur J. Dixon
March 26, 1963 – March 1, 1972
Government
House Leader
Frederick C. Colborne
December 18, 1968 – February 10, 1971
Edgar Gerhart
February 11, 1971 – April 27, 1971
Members65 MLA seats
Sovereign
MonarchElizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
Lieutenant
Governor
Hon. Grant MacEwan
January 26, 1966 – July 2, 1974
Sessions
1st Session
February 15, 1968 – May 2, 1968
2nd Session
February 13, 1969 – May 7, 1969
3rd Session
January 29, 1970 – April 15, 1970
4th Session
February 11, 1971 – April 27, 1971
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Alberta's sixteenth government was controlled by the majority Social Credit Party for the ninth time, led by Premier Ernest Manning, Alberta's longest serving Premier who would retire part way through the session, and be replaced by Harry Strom. The Official Opposition was led by Peter Lougheed of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, who would go on to win the 1971 election and become the 9th Premier of Alberta. The Speaker was Arthur J. Dixon.

Party standings after the 16th General ElectionEdit

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Standings changes in the 16th AssemblyEdit

Number of members
per party by date
1967 1968 1969 1971
May 23 May 27 Aug 20 Dec 11 Feb 10 Jun 30 Oct 28 Nov 23 Apr 15
     Social Credit 55 56 55
  Progressive Conservative 6 7 8 9 10
Liberal 3 2 1 0
     Independent 1 0
Total members 65 64 65 64 65 64 65
Vacant 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Government Majority 45 46 47 46 45 46 45
Membership changes in the 16th Assembly
Date Member Name District Party Reason
  May 27, 1968 Michael Maccagno Lac La Biche Liberal Resigned to run in the 1968 federal election
     August 20, 1968 Damase Bouvier Lac La Biche Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     December 11, 1968 Ernest Manning Strathcona East Social Credit Resigned
  February 10, 1969 William Yurko Strathcona East Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election
  June 30, 1969 William Switzer Edson Liberal Died
  October 28, 1969 Robert Dowling Edson Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election
  November 23, 1969 Bill Dickie Calgary Glenmore Progressive Conservative Crossed the floor from Liberals to the Progressive Conservatives
  April 15, 1971 Clarence Copithorne Banff-Cochrane Progressive Conservative Joined the Progressive Conservative caucus

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. 499. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved August 9, 2020.

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