Michael Maccagno

Michael "Rosa" Maccagno (July 15, 1914 – November 25, 2000) was a politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1955 to 1968, and leader of the Alberta Liberal Party from 1964 to 1968.

Michael Maccagno
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
February 13, 1964 – April 11, 1967
Preceded by5 year vacancy, (last Grant MacEwan)
Succeeded byPeter Lougheed
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
In office
Preceded byDave Hunter
Succeeded byAdrian Berry
In office
Preceded byAdrian Berry
Succeeded byJohn T. Lowery
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
June 29, 1955 – May 27, 1968
Preceded byHarry Lobay
Succeeded byDamase Bouvier
ConstituencyLac La Biche
Personal details
BornJuly 15, 1914
Piozzo, Piedmont, Italy
DiedNovember 25, 2000(2000-11-25) (aged 86)
Lac La Biche, Alberta
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Valentine Lebas
Occupationbusinessman, politician

Political careerEdit

Mr. Maccagno ran for a seat to the Alberta legislature in the 1955 provincial election as a candidate for the Alberta Liberals in the electoral district of Lac La Biche. He defeated incumbent Social Credit MLA Harry Lobay by less than 100 votes.[1] When he was re-elected in 1959, he was the only Liberal with a seat in the legislature.

In 1964, when Liberal leader Dave Hunter resigned after failing twice to win a seat in the legislature, Maccagno became interim leader of the Alberta Liberals as well as Leader of the Official Opposition. He became the first Italian Canadian to become head of a major political party in Canada.[2] In 1966 Calgary Alderman Adrian Berry was chosen as Liberal leader, but resigned shortly after, leaving Maccagno to resume the leadership.

Mr. Maccagno lead the Liberals into the 1967 general election. The party lost over 8% of its popular vote from the last election, but kept all three seats it held on dissolution. The Liberals became the third party after Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservatives.

Mr. Maccagno resigned his seat in the Alberta legislature on May 27, 1968 to run in that year's federal election. He ran for the federal Liberals in the electoral district of Athabasca and lost to Progressive Conservative candidate Paul Yewchuk by about 1,200 votes.[3] After the election he was appointed to the National Parole Board.[4]


  1. ^ "Lac La Biche results 1955". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Paul R. Magocsi (1999). Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples. University of Toronto Press. p. 820. ISBN 0-8020-2938-8.
  3. ^ "Athabasca results". Parliament of Canada. June 25, 1968. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Archival Photos". National Parole Board. Retrieved December 13, 2009.

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