1967 Alberta general election
65 seats in Legislative Assembly of Alberta
33 seats were needed for a majority
Ernest C. Manning led the Social Credit Party to its ninth consecutive majority government, winning 55 of the 65 seats in the legislature, despite getting less than 45% of the popular vote. Although it was not apparent at the time, this proved to be an ominous sign for the party. The Socreds had not won less than half the popular vote since 1955.
The once-moribund Progressive Conservatives, led by young lawyer Peter Lougheed, emerged as the main opposition to Social Credit. They won over a quarter of the popular vote and six seats, mostly in Calgary and Edmonton. Social Credit was slow to adapt to the changes in Alberta as its two largest cities gained increasing influence.
Despite losing close to half of the share of the popular vote they had won in the 1963 election, the Liberals managed to increase their number of seats from two to three as a result of the decline in the Social Credit vote.
Voters also decided upon the adoption of daylight saving time, in a province-wide plebiscite. It was defeated by a very slim margin with 51.25% voting against.
This was the first Alberta election in which Treaty Indians had the right to vote.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1963||Dissolution||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||Ernest C. Manning||65||60||57||55||-8.3%||222,270||44.60%||-10.21%|
|Progressive Conservative||Peter Lougheed||47||-||-||6||129,544||26.00%||+13.29%|
|Independent Progressive Conservative||2||*||-||-||*||1,118||0.22%||*|
|Liberal/Progressive Conservative||Ross Ellis||1||-||-||-||-||699||0.14%||-0.14%|
|Independent Social Credit||2||-||1||-||-||693||0.14%||-0.65%|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election
Daylight saving time plebisciteEdit
The Province of Alberta voted on its fifth provincial plebiscite. Voters were asked to endorse a proposal to adopt daylight saving time (summer time). The proposal was rejected by a very slim margin. The question was asked again in the next election, and passed at that time.
|Do you favour province-wide daylight saving time?|
|236,555 48.75%||248,680 51.25%|
For break down of results see individual districts
For complete electoral history, see individual districts.