1963 Alberta general election

The 1963 Alberta general election was the fifteenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on June 17, 1963, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

1963 Alberta general election

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63 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
32 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Ernest Manning.jpg
Leader Ernest Manning Dave Hunter Milt Harradence
Party Social Credit Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since May 31, 1943 January 14, 1962 1962
Leader's seat Strathcona East ran in Athabasca (lost) ran in Calgary-West (lost)
Last election 61 seats, 55.7% 1 seat, 13.9% 1 seat, 23.9%
Seats before 60 1 1
Seats won 60 2 0
Seat change ±0 Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 221,107 79,709 51,278
Percentage 54.8% 19.8% 12.7%
Swing Decrease0.9% Increase5.9% Decrease11.2%

Premier before election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

Premier after election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

The Social Credit Party, led by Ernest C. Manning, won its eighth consecutive term in government, winning roughly the same number of seats in the legislature and share of popular vote that it had in the 1959 election.

Some Social Credit supporters were so confident of their party's chances that they talked of winning "63 in '63", i.e., all 63 seats in the legislature in the 1963 election. They fell short of this goal, but still had an overwhelming majority, reducing the opposition to only three MLAs in total. Indeed, as a share of the overall seats available, this represented Social Credit's greatest victory in its 36-year reign.

Much of the opposition vote shifted away from the Progressive Conservative Party, now led by Milt Harradence, resulting in the party losing its sole seat.

The Liberal Party was a partial beneficiary of the PC Party's decline, but picked up only one additional seat, for a total of two, despite winning almost 20% of the popular vote.

1963 was the last year in Alberta provincial politics when an MLA was acclaimed with the acclamation of Leonard Halmrast in Taber-Warner.

After the PCs won power, they would later speak of "79 in '79".


Party Party Leader # of
Seats Popular Vote
1959 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Social Credit Ernest C. Manning 63 61 60 −1.6% 221,107 54.81% −0.88%
Liberal Dave Hunter 55 1 2 +100% 79,709 19.76% +5.88%
Coalition Frank Gainer 1 1 1 - 2,179 0.54% −0.01%
Progressive Conservative Milt Harradence 33 1 - −100% 51,278 12.71% −11.17%
  NDP1 Neil Reimer 56 - - - 37,133 9.45% +5.12%
  Independent 3 - - - 3,966 0.98% +0.10%
Independent Social Credit 6 1 - −100% 3,178 0.79% +0.21%
  Alberta Unity Movement 3 * - * 2,223 0.55% *
Progressive Conservative-Liberal Ross Ellis 1 * - * 1,134 0.28% *
Communist2 4 - - - 527 0.13% −0.08%
Total 225 65 63 −3.1% 403,444 100%  
Source: Elections Alberta


1 The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation adopted the name "New Democratic Party" for the 1963 and subsequent elections.

2 The "Labour Progressive Party" returned to its original "Communist Party of Alberta" name for the 1963 and subsequent elections.

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Popular vote
Social Credit
New Democratic
Seats summary
Social Credit

Members electedEdit

For complete electoral history, see individual districts.

15th Alberta Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
  Alexandra Anders Aalborg Social Credit
  Athabasca Antonio Aloisio Social Credit
  Banff-Cochrane Frank Gainer Coalition
  Bonnyville Romeo Lamothe Social Credit
  Bow Valley-Empress William Delday Social Credit
  Calgary Bowness Charles Johnston Social Credit
  Calgary Centre Frederick C. Colborne Social Credit
  Calgary East Albert Ludwig Social Credit
  Calgary Glenmore Bill Dickie Liberal
  Calgary North Robert Simpson Social Credit
  Calgary Queens Park Lee Leavitt Social Credit
  Calgary South Arthur J. Dixon Social Credit
  Calgary West Donald S. Fleming Social Credit
  Camrose Chester Sayers Social Credit
  Cardston Edgar Hinman Social Credit
  Clover Bar Floyd Baker Social Credit
  Cypress Harry Strom Social Credit
  Drumheller-Gleichen Gordon Taylor Social Credit
  Dunvegan Ernest Lee Social Credit
  Edmonton Centre Ambrose Holowach Social Credit
  Edmonton Jasper Place John Horan Social Credit
  Edmonton North Ethel Wilson Social Credit
  Edmonton North East Lou Heard Social Credit
  Edmonton North West Edgar Gerhart Social Credit
  Edmonton Norwood William Tomyn Social Credit
  Edmonton West Stanley Geldart Social Credit
  Edson Norman Willmore Social Credit
  Grande Prairie Ira McLaughlin Social Credit
  Grouard Roy Ells Social Credit
  Hand Hills-Acadia Clinton French Social Credit
  Lac La Biche Michael Maccagno Liberal
  Lac Ste. Anne William Patterson Social Credit
  Lacombe Allen Patrick Social Credit
  Leduc James Henderson Social Credit
  Lethbridge John Landeryou Social Credit
  Little Bow Raymond Speaker Social Credit
  Macleod James Hartley Social Credit
  Medicine Hat Harry Leinweber Social Credit
  Okotoks-High River Edward Benoit Social Credit
  Olds-Didsbury Robert Curtis Clark Social Credit
  Peace River Euell Montgomery Social Credit
  Pembina Robin Jorgenson Social Credit
  Pincher Creek-Crowsnest William Kovach Social Credit
  Ponoka Glen Johnston Social Credit
  Red Deer William Ure Social Credit
  Redwater Michael Senych Social Credit
  Rocky Mountain House Alfred Hooke Social Credit
  Sedgewick-Coronation Jack Hillman Social Credit
  Spirit River Adolph Fimrite Social Credit
  St. Albert Keith Everitt Social Credit
  St. Paul Raymond Reierson Social Credit
  Stettler Galen Norris Social Credit
  Stony Plain Cornelia Wood Social Credit
  Strathcona Centre Joseph Donovan Ross Social Credit
  Strathcona East Ernest Manning Social Credit
  Strathcona West Randolph McKinnon Social Credit
  Taber-Warner Leonard Halmrast Social Credit
  Three Hills Petrie Meston Social Credit
  Vegreville-Bruce Alex Gordey Social Credit
  Vermilion Ashley Cooper Social Credit
  Wainwright Henry Ruste Social Credit
  Wetaskiwin Albert Strohschein Social Credit
  Willingdon-Two Hills Nicholas Melnyk Social Credit

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