Alfred Speakman (August 24, 1880 – November 4, 1943) was a politician from Alberta, Canada.
|Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons|
|Preceded by||Michael Clark|
|Succeeded by||Eric Joseph Poole|
|Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta|
January 29, 1942 – March 19, 1942
|Preceded by||James H. Walker|
|Succeeded by||James Mahaffy|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
March 21, 1940 – November 4, 1943
|Preceded by||Alfred Hooke|
|Succeeded by||David Ure|
|Born||August 24, 1880|
|Died||November 4, 1943 (aged 63)|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Political party||United Farmers of Alberta (until 1935)|
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (1935)
Independent Movement (1937-1943)
|Residence||Red Deer, Alberta|
Federal political careerEdit
Speakman was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1921 federal election in the district of Red Deer under the banner of the United Farmers of Alberta. He was re-elected in 1925, 1926 and 1930.
Provincial political careerEdit
Speakman was instrumental in the Unity Movement which united Alberta's opposition parties against the Social Credit government. On October 12, 1937 Speakman, as a long-serving Member of Parliament, brought delegates from the United Farmers, Conservatives, Liberals and some disillusioned Social Crediters to a conference in Red Deer that brought the Unity coalition together.
Speakman ran as an independent in Red Deer in the 1940 Alberta general election and was elected with a comfortable vote margin after ballot transfers. Speakman served as an independent in the Unity caucus until his death in 1943.
- "Speakman makes plea for unification of all political parties". Grand Prairie Herald. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- "Speakers Corner, Leaders of the Official Opposition, Alberta Hansard" (PDF). Alberta Legislative Assembly. 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2007-07-31.