Alberta Labor Representation League

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Alberta Labor Representation League
Leader William Irvine
Dissolved March 29, 1919 (1919-03-29)
Merged into Dominion Labor Party
Ideology Social Democracy
Political position Left
Politics of Alberta
Political parties
Elections

The Alberta Labor Representation League was a minor provincial political party in Alberta, Canada.

History[edit]

The Calgary Labour Representation League was formed and led by prominent Labor activist William Irvine before the 1917 provincial general election. The party was based at the Labor temple in Calgary, Alberta.

The Labor Representation League was small, the party fielded two candidates in the 1917 Alberta general election. Irvine was not successful in defeating Conservative Thomas Blow in the South Calgary electoral district.[1]

Alex Ross, the other LRL candidate in the election, ran in the electoral district of Centre Calgary. The League struck a deal with the Liberals not to run a candidate against Ross, in turn the League would not run a candidate in the North Calgary electoral district against Liberal candidate William McCartney Davidson.[2]

Both Davidson and Ross were elected to the Legislature.[3] The League disbanded and became part of the Dominion Labor Party in 1919.

Edmonton labour activists and reformers organized their Labour Representation League and it too disbanded with the creation of the DLP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Calgary results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Ald. M'Neill says he is a candidate in South Calgary". 4412 (Calgary Herald). May 2, 1917. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Centre Calgary results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved 2009-05-08.