Alexandra (provincial electoral district)

Alexandra was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1909 to 1971.[1]

Alexandra
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1909
District abolished1971
First contested1909
Last contested1967

HistoryEdit

The Alexandra electoral district was formed from the Vermilion electoral district prior to the 1909 Alberta general election. The Acadia electoral district would be abolished and the Lloydminster electoral district would be formed in its place prior to the 1971 Alberta general election.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)Edit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Acadia
Assembly Years Member Party
See Vermilion electoral district from 1905-1909
2nd  1909–1913     Alwyn Bramley-Moore Liberal
3rd  1913–1917     James R. Lowery Conservative
4th  1917–1921
5th  1921–1926     Peter J. Enzenauer United Farmers
6th  1926–1930
7th  1930–1935
8th  1935–1940     Selmer A. Berg Social Credit
9th  1940–1944
10th  1944–1948
11th  1948–1952 Andres O. Aalborg
12th  1952–1955
13th  1955–1959
14th  1959–1963
15th  1963–1967
16th  1967–1971
See Lloydminster electoral district from 1971-1993

Election resultsEdit

1909 general electionEdit

1909 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alwyn Bramley-Moore 771 64.63%
Conservative James R. Lowery 422 35.37%
Total 1,193
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,555 N/A
Liberal pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1909 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1913 general electionEdit

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James R. Lowery 478 41.39% -23.24%
Liberal N. C. Lyster 470 40.69% 5.32%
Independent W. H. Anderson 207 17.92%
Total 1,155
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,368 84.43%
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -14.28%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1917 general electionEdit

1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James R. Lowery Acclaimed
Total N/A
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
One of eleven Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta acclaimed under The Elections Act Section 38, which stipulated that any member of the 3rd Alberta Legislative Assembly would be guaranteed re-election, with no contest held, if the member joined for wartime service in the First World War.
An Act amending The Election Act respecting Members of the Legislative Assembly on Active Service., SA 1917, c. 38

1921 general electionEdit

1921 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Peter J. Enzenauer 2,195 88.62%
Liberal Theodore H. Currie 282 11.38%
Total 2,477
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,381 73.26%
United Farmers gain from Conservative Swing N/A
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1921 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1926 general electionEdit

1926 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Peter J. Enzenauer 1,653 71.04% -17.58%
Conservative I. F. Crossley 421 18.09%
Liberal M. Alsager 253 10.87% -0.51%
Total 2,327
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 169
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,781 66.01% -7.25%
United Farmers hold Swing -12.14%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1930 general electionEdit

1930 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Peter J. Enzenauer 1,725 72.66% 1.63%
Liberal F. H. Dunstan 649 27.34% 16.47%
Total 2,374
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 140
Eligible electors / Turnout 4,635 54.24% -11.77%
United Farmers hold Swing -3.81%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1930 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1935 general electionEdit

1935 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Selmer A. Berg 2,479 56.82%
United Farmers Peter J. Enzenauer 924 21.18% -51.48%
Liberal Norman McClellan 561 12.86% -14.48%
Conservative T. B. MacKay 202 4.63%
Communist C. W. Springford 197 4.52%
Total 4,363
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 181
Eligible electors / Turnout 5,800 78.34% 24.11%
Social Credit gain from United Farmers Swing -4.84%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1935 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1940 general electionEdit

1940 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
First Count
Social Credit Selmer A. Berg 2,215 46.70% -10.12%
Co-operative Commonwealth C. Cairns 1,273 26.84%
Independent A. E. Peterson 1,255 13.91%
Total 4,743
Ballot Transfer Results
Social Credit Selmer A. Berg 2,326 54.36%
Co-operative Commonwealth C. Cairns 1,953 45.64%
Total 4,279
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 208
Eligible electors / Turnout 6,774 73.09% 18.25%
Social Credit hold Swing N/A
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1940 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1944 general electionEdit

1944 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Selmer A. Berg 2,212 57.20% 10.50%
Co-operative Commonwealth Gordon I. Clark 1,504 38.89% 12.05%
Labor–Progressive C. W. Springford 151 3.90%
Total 3,867
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 82
Eligible electors / Turnout 5,994 65.88% -7.21%
Social Credit hold Swing N/A
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1948 general electionEdit

1948 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 2,034 52.49% -4.71%
Co-operative Commonwealth George Henry Davies 1,190 30.71% -8.18%
Liberal James Edgar Miller 651 16.80%
Total 3,875
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 281
Eligible electors / Turnout 7,205 57.68% -8.20%
Social Credit hold Swing 1.74%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1948 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1952 general electionEdit

1952 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 2,412 69.25% 16.76%
Co-operative Commonwealth James Magill 1,071 30.75% 0.04%
Total 3,483
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 250
Eligible electors / Turnout 6,410 58.24% 0.55%
Social Credit hold Swing 8.36%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1955 general electionEdit

1955 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 2,143 50.38% -18.87%
Liberal Russell Robertson 1,420 33.38%
Co-operative Commonwealth Mrs. Lois Karlsson 590 13.87% -16.88%
Conservative Alan Ronaghan 101 2.37%
Total 4,254
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 259
Eligible electors / Turnout 6,696 67.40% 9.16%
Social Credit hold Swing -10.75%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1959 general electionEdit

1959 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 2,354 59.44% 9.07%
Progressive Conservative Dr. A. H. Sweet 1,248 31.52%
Liberal Hilda A. Cross 358 9.04% -24.34%
Total 3,960
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 11
Eligible electors / Turnout 6,240 63.64% -3.76%
Social Credit hold Swing 5.47%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1963 general electionEdit

1963 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 3,284 66.38% 6.94%
Conservative-Liberal W. Slim Thorpe 1,134 22.92%
New Democratic John C. Sandercock 529 10.69%
Total 4,947
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 6
Eligible electors / Turnout 8,305 59.64% -4.00%
Social Credit hold Swing 7.77%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1967 general electionEdit

1967 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Andres O. Aalborg 2,880 58.08% -8.31%
Progressive Conservative Kenneth E. Oates 940 18.96%
New Democratic Lester A. Lindgren 835 16.84% 6.14%
Liberal Charles F. Swan 304 6.13%
Total 4,959
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 19
Eligible electors / Turnout 7,839 63.50% 3.86%
Social Credit hold Swing -2.17%
Source(s)
Source: "Alexandra Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Plebiscite resultsEdit

1957 liquor plebisciteEdit

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Alexandra[2]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
No 1,083 54.40%
Yes 908 46.60%
Total Votes 1,991 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 20
5,963 Eligible Electors, Turnout 33.73%

On October 30, 1957, a stand-alone plebiscite was held province wide in all 50 of the then current provincial electoral districts in Alberta. The government decided to consult Alberta voters to decide on liquor sales and mixed drinking after a divisive debate in the Legislature. The plebiscite was intended to deal with the growing demand for reforming antiquated liquor control laws.[3]

The plebiscite was conducted in two parts. Question A asked in all districts, asked the voters if the sale of liquor should be expanded in Alberta, while Question B asked in a handful of districts within the corporate limits of Calgary and Edmonton asked if men and woman were allowed to drink together in establishments.[2]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Alexandra was divided on the issue, but voted against it. The district recorded a really low voter turnout. It was well below the province wide average of 46%.[2]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[2] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding.[4] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[5]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the Plebiscite such as Alexandra were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones, business owners that wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order to be granted a license.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results for Alexandra". abheritage.ca. Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2, 247–2, 249.
  3. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1968. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.

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