Warner (provincial electoral district)

Warner was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada, mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1913 to 1963.[1]

Warner
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1913
District abolished1963
First contested1913
Last contested1959

HistoryEdit

The Warner electoral district was formed prior to the 1913 Alberta general election from the eastern portion of the Cardston electoral district and a small portion of the Lethbridge District.

The Warner electoral district would be abolished prior to the 1963 Alberta general election, and the territory would be split between the Taber-Warner and Cypress electoral districts.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)Edit

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Warner
Assembly Years Member Party
See Lethbridge District from 1909-1913
and Cardston electoral district from 1905-1913
3rd  1913–1917     Frank S. Leffingwell Liberal
4th  1917–1921
5th  1921–1926     Maurice J. Conner United Farmers
6th  1926–1930
7th  1930–1935
8th  1935–1940     Solon Earl Low Social Credit
9th  1940–1944     James H. Walker Independent Movement
10th  1944–1948     Solon Earl Low Social Credit
11th  1948–1952 Leonard C. Halmrast
12th  1952–1955
13th  1955–1959
14th  1959–1963
See Taber-Warner electoral district from 1963-1997
and Cypress electoral district from 1963-1986


Election resultsEdit

1913 general electionEdit

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frank S. Leffingwell 314 43.67%
Independent William T. Patton 268 37.27%
Conservative W. H. Scott 137 19.05%
Total 719
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,055 68.15%
Liberal pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Warner Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1917 general electionEdit

1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frank S. Leffingwell 706 64.89% 21.22%
Conservative Hy. Jas. Tennant 382 35.11% 16.06%
Total 1,088
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,820 59.78% -8.37%
Liberal hold Swing 11.69%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1921 general electionEdit

1921 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Maurice J. Conner 755 60.64%
Liberal Frank S. Leffingwell 490 39.36% -25.53%
Total 1,245
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,665 74.77% 14.99%
United Farmers gain from Liberal Swing -4.25%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Maurice J. Conner 741 64.10% 3.46%
Liberal Frank S. Leffingwell 225 19.46% -19.89%
Conservative G. N. Giles 190 16.44%
Total 1,156
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 77
Eligible electors / Turnout 1,614 76.39% 1.62%
United Farmers hold Swing 11.68%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Maurice J. Conner 1,342 65.43% 1.33%
Liberal R. W. Risinger 709 34.57% 15.10%
Total 2,051
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 77
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,010 70.70% -5.70%
United Farmers hold Swing -6.89%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Solon Earl Low 1,702 55.78%
United Farmers James H. Walker 588 19.27% -46.16%
Liberal Frank S. Leffingwell 534 17.50% -17.07%
Independent H. C. Moir 227 7.44%
Total 3,051
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 99
Eligible electors / Turnout 3,809 82.70% 12.00%
Social Credit gain from United Farmers Swing 2.82%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner Official Results 1935 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1940 general electionEdit

1940 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Movement James H. Walker 1,937 55.42% 36.15%
Social Credit Solon Earl Low 1,558 44.58% -11.21%
Total 3,495
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 98
Eligible electors / Turnout 4,327 83.04% 0.34%
Independent Movement gain from Social Credit Swing -12.83%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Solon Earl Low 1,621 51.54% 6.96%
Independent Movement James H. Walker 629 20.00% -35.42%
Single Tax W. Martin Madge 480 15.26%
Co-operative Commonwealth R. B. Eshorn 415 13.20%
Total 3,145
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 64
Eligible electors / Turnout 4,273 75.10% -7.94%
Social Credit gain from Independent Movement Swing 10.35%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Leonard C. Halmrast 1,691 73.88% 22.33%
Liberal William John Colliton 598 26.12%
Total 2,289
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 346
Eligible electors / Turnout 4,915 53.61% -21.49%
Social Credit hold Swing 8.10%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Leonard C. Halmrast 1,904 75.05% 1.17%
Liberal George S. Snow 633 24.95% -1.17%
Total 2,537
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 146
Eligible electors / Turnout 5,443 49.29% -4.32%
Social Credit hold Swing 1.17%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Leonard C. Halmrast 1,917 61.94% -13.11%
Liberal J. L. Evans 1,178 38.06% 13.11%
Total 3,095
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 143
Eligible electors / Turnout 5,808 55.75% 6.46%
Social Credit hold Swing -13.11%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner 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 Leonard C. Halmrast 2,430 72.65% 10.71%
Liberal Mark R. Stringam 915 27.35% -10.71%
Total 3,345
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 6
Eligible electors / Turnout 5,335 62.81% 7.06%
Social Credit hold Swing 10.71%
Source(s)
Source: "Warner Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

Plebiscite resultsEdit

1957 liquor plebisciteEdit

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Warner[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 1,399 64.74%
Yes 762 35.26%
Total votes 2,161 100%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 21
5,197 eligible electors, turnout 41.99%

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 women 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. Warner voted against the proposal with a heavy majority. The voter turnout in the district 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 consider 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 Warner 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 Warner". abheritage.ca. Wayback Machine: Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved 8 June 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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