3rd Alberta Legislature

The 3rd Alberta Legislative Assembly was in session from September 16, 1913, to April 5, 1917, with the membership of the assembly determined by the results of the 1913 Alberta general election held on April 17, 1913. The Legislature officially resumed on September 16, 1913, and continued until the fifth session was prorogued on April 17, 1917 and dissolved on May 14, 1917, prior to the 1917 Alberta general election.[1]

3rd Alberta Legislature
Majority parliament
September 16, 1913 – April 5, 1917
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Parliament leaders
Arthur Sifton
(Sifton cabinet)
May 26, 1910 – October 30, 1917
Leader of the
Edward Michener
November 10, 1910 – April 5, 1917
Party caucuses
GovernmentLiberal Party
OppositionConservative Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Charles W. Fisher
March 15, 1906 – May 15, 1919
Members56 MLA seats
MonarchGeorge V
May 6, 1910 – January 20, 1936
Hon. George Hedley Vicars Bulyea
September 1, 1905 – October 20, 1915
Hon. Robert George Brett
October 20, 1915 – October 29, 1925
1st Session
September 16, 1913 – October 25, 1913
2nd Session
October 7, 1914 – October 22, 1914
3rd Session
February 25, 1915 – April 17, 1915
4th Session
February 24, 1916 – April 19, 1916
5th Session
February 6, 1917 – April 5, 1917
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Alberta's second government was controlled by the majority Liberal Party led by Premier Arthur Sifton. The Official Opposition was the Conservative Party led by Edward Michener. The Speaker was Charles W. Fisher who continued in the role from the 1st and 2nd assembly, and would served in the role until his death from the 1918 flu pandemic in 1919.

The total number of seats in the assembly was increased from 41 contested in the 1913 election to 56.

The standings changed little during the 3rd legislature only 4 by-elections 3 of which resulted in the return of new members and no floor crossings occurred.


During the fifth sitting of the 3rd Legislature, the Assembly would pass An Act amending The Election Act respecting Members of the Legislative Assembly on Active Service (Bill 58) which acclaimed members of the assembly in the 1917 election who were serving in armed forces during the First World War. The Act listed eleven members of the assembly and provided those members were deemed nominated and elected as a member of the 4th Alberta Legislature. The bill was assented to on April 5, 1917.[2]

Sitting datesEdit

  • 1st session September 16, 1913 - October 25, 1913
  • 2nd session October 7, 1914 - October 22, 1914
  • 3rd session February 25, 1915 - April 17, 1915
  • 4th session February 24, 1916 - April 19, 1916
  • 5th session February 6, 1917 - April 5, 1917

Members election in the 1913 general electionEdit


  District Member Party Portfolio Notes
  Vermilion Arthur Lewis Sifton Liberal Premier of Alberta
Provincial Treasurer
  Bow Valley Charles R. Mitchell Liberal Minister of Public Works
Provincial Treasurer
Elected in a by-election June 12, 1913
Appointed Provincial Treasurer November 28, 1913
  Olds Duncan Marshall Liberal Minister of Agriculture
  Sedgewick Charles Stewart Liberal Minister of Municipal Affairs
Minister of Public Works
Appointed Minister of Public Works November 28, 1913
  Beaver River Wilfrid Gariépy Liberal Minister of Municipal Affairs Elected in a by-election December 15, 1913
Appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs November 28, 1913
Edmonton Charles Wilson Cross Liberal Attorney General
  Sturgeon John R. Boyle Liberal Minister of Education
  Taber Archibald J. McLean Liberal Provincial Secretary

Private membersEdit

  District Member Party
  Acadia John McColl Liberal
  Athabasca Alexander Grant MacKay Liberal
  Bow Valley George Lane Liberal
  Camrose George P. Smith Liberal
  Cardston Martin Woolf Liberal
  Claresholm William Moffat Liberal
  Clearwater Henry William McKenney Liberal
  Cochrane Charles W. Fisher Liberal
  Coronation Frank H. Whiteside Liberal
  Didsbury Joseph Stauffer Liberal
  Gleichen John Peter McArthur Liberal
  Grouard Jean Côté Liberal
  Hand Hills Robert Eaton Liberal
  Lac Ste. Anne Peter Gunn Liberal
  Lacombe William Puffer Liberal
  Leduc Stanley Tobin Liberal
  Little Bow James McNaughton Liberal
  Nanton John M. Glendenning Liberal
  Pembina Gordon MacDonald Liberal
  Ponoka William A. Campbell Liberal
  Redcliff Charles Pingle Liberal
  Ribstone James Gray Turgeon Liberal
  St. Albert Lucien Boudreau Liberal
  Stettler Robert L. Shaw Liberal
  St. Paul Prosper-Edmond Lessard Liberal
  Vegreville Joseph S. McCallum Liberal
  Victoria Francis A. Walker Liberal
  Warner Frank Leffingwell Liberal
  Wetaskiwin Charles H. Olin Liberal
  Whitford Andrew Shandro Liberal
  District Member Party
     Alexandra James R. Lowery Conservative
     North Calgary Samuel Bacon Hillocks Conservative
     South Calgary Thomas Blow Conservative
     Centre Calgary Thomas Tweedie Conservative
     Edmonton Albert Ewing Conservative
     Edmonton South Herbert Crawford Conservative
     High River George Douglas Stanley Conservative
     Innisfail Fred W. Archer Conservative
     Lethbridge City John Smith Stewart Conservative
     Macleod Robert Patterson Conservative
     Medicine Hat Nelson Spencer Conservative
     Okotoks George Hoadley Conservative
     Peace River Alphaeus Patterson Conservative
     Pincher Creek John Kemmis Conservative
     Red Deer Edward Michener Conservative
     Rocky Mountain Robert Campbell Conservative
     Stony Plain Conrad Weidenhammer Conservative
     Wainwright George LeRoy Hudson Conservative


  District Member Party Reason for By-Election
  Bow Valley Charles R. Mitchell Liberal June 12, 1913—Resignation of George Lane
  Beaver River Wilfrid Gariépy Liberal December 15, 1913— Wilfrid Gariepy appointed to cabinet.
  Wetaskiwin Hugh John Montgomery Liberal November 17, 1914— Death of Charles H. Olin.
  Whitford Andrew Shandro Liberal March 15, 1915— Election of Andrew Shandro declared void


  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. 494. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  2. ^ An Act amending The Election Act respecting Members of the Legislative Assembly on Active Service., SA 1917, c. 38

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