Francis A. Walker (politician)
Francis Austin Walker (November 17, 1871 – May 29, 1956) was a Canadian politician who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1905 until 1921. Born in Lucan, Ontario, on November 17, 1871, he moved west to Alberta, becoming a pioneer in the area east of Edmonton.
Francis Austin Walker
Walker in military uniform in 1918
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
November 9, 1905 – July 18, 1921
|Preceded by||Jack Shera (in Victoria)|
|Succeeded by||William Fedun|
|Born||November 17, 1871|
|Died||May 29, 1956 (aged 84)|
Vancouver, British Columbia
In the 1905 provincial election, Alberta's first as a province, Walker ran as the Liberal candidate in the district of Victoria. He was elected by a wide margin to the 1st Alberta Legislature over his opponent Jack Shera who had previously represented the district in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. He was re-elected by acclamation in the 1909 election, and was easily re-elected in the 1913 election. Prior to the 1917 election, the legislature passed an act re-electing all of its members serving in the First World War; as Walker was at this time a lieutenant in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he was thus "re-elected" without need of an election.
In the 1921 Alberta general election Walker was defeated by William Fedun of United Farmers of Alberta. In that election the Liberal party was swept from power. Walker contested the Victoria seat once again in the 1926 Alberta general election, but was defeated by United Farmers candidate Rudolph Hennig.
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