1967 Alberta general election

The 1967 Alberta general election was the sixteenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on May 23, 1967, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

1967 Alberta general election
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65 seats in Legislative Assembly of Alberta
33 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
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Leader Ernest Manning Peter Lougheed Michael Maccagno
Party Social Credit Progressive Conservative Liberal
Leader since May 31, 1943 1965 January 28, 1967
Leader's seat Strathcona East Calgary-West Lac La Biche
Last election 60 seats, 54.8% 0 seats, 12.7% 2 seats, 19.8%
Seats before 57 0 3
Seats won 55 6 3
Seat change Decrease2 Increase6 ±0
Popular vote 222,270 129,544 53,847
Percentage 44.6% 26.0% 10.8%
Swing Decrease10.2% Increase13.3% Decrease9.0%

Premier before election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

Premier after election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

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
Seats Popular vote
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%
Liberal Michael Maccagno 45 2 3 3 +50.0% 53,847 10.81% -8.95%
  Independent 7 - - 1   6,916 1.38% +0.40%
  NDP Neil Reimer 65 - 1 - - 79,610 15.98% +6.53%
Coalition Frank Gainer 2 1 1 - -100% 3,654 0.73% +0.19%
  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%
Total 236 63 63 65 +3.2% 498,351 100%
Source: Elections Alberta


* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election

Popular vote
Social Credit
New Democratic
Seats summary
Social Credit

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?
For Against
236,555     48.75% 248,680     51.25%

For break down of results see individual districts

Members electedEdit

For complete electoral history, see individual districts.

16th Alberta Legislative Assembly
District Member Party
  Alexandra Anders Aalborg Social Credit
  Athabasca Antonio Aloisio Social Credit
  Banff-Cochrane Clarence Copithorne Independent
  Bonnyville Romeo Lamothe Social Credit
  Bow Valley-Empress Fred Mandeville Social Credit
  Calgary Bowness Len Werry Progressive Conservative
  Calgary Centre Frederick Colborne Social Credit
  Calgary East Albert Ludwig Social Credit
  Calgary Glenmore Bill Dickie Liberal
  Calgary North Robert A. Simpson Social Credit
  Calgary Queens Park Lee Leavitt Social Credit
  Calgary South Arthur Dixon Social Credit
  Calgary West Peter Lougheed Progressive Conservative
  Calgary Victoria Park David Russell Progressive Conservative
  Camrose Chester Sayers Social Credit
  Cardston Alvin Bullock Social Credit
  Clover Bar Walt Buck 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 Lou Hyndman Progressive Conservative
  Edson William Switzer Liberal
  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 Hugh Horner Progressive Conservative
  Lacombe Allen Patrick Social Credit
  Leduc James Henderson Social Credit
  Lethbridge John Landeryou Social Credit
  Little Bow Raymond Speaker Social Credit
  Macleod Leighton Buckwell Social Credit
  Medicine Hat Harry Leinweber Social Credit
  Okotoks-High River Edward Benoit Social Credit
  Olds-Didsbury Robert Clark Social Credit
  Peace River Robert Wiebe Social Credit
  Pembina Carl Muller Social Credit
  Pincher Creek-Crowsnest Charles Drain Social Credit
  Ponoka Neville Roper 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 Ralph Jespersen Social Credit
  Strathcona Centre Joseph Donovan Ross Social Credit
  Strathcona East Ernest Manning Social Credit
  Strathcona South Gerrit Radstaak Social Credit
  Strathcona West Don Getty Progressive Conservative
  Taber-Warner Douglas Miller Social Credit
  Three Hills Raymond Ratzlaff 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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