1917 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1917 municipal election was held December 10, 1917, to elect a mayor and seven aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on each of the public and separate school boards. There were also two plebiscite questions asked.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but three of the positions were already filled: George Pheasey, William Martin, and Charles Grant were all elected to two-year terms in 1916 and were still in office. Thomas Bellamy and James Macfie MacDonald were also elected to two-year terms in 1916, but both resigned to run for mayor; accordingly, Samuel McCoppen and Henri Martin were elected to one-year terms.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: Joseph Duggan, C. Frost, and William Rea had all been elected to two-year terms in 1915. The same was true of the separate board, where Joseph Gariépy, M. J. O'Farrell, and G. W. Curtis were all continuing.

The five mayoral candidates were the most in Edmonton's history up to that point.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 7895 ballots cast out of 11271 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 70.0%.



Party Candidate Votes %
     Independent Harry Marshall Erskine Evans 3,799 50.10%
     Independent Joseph Clarke 1,791 23.62%
     Independent Samuel Barnes 788 10.39%
     Independent Thomas Bellamy 757 9.98%
     Independent James Macfie MacDonald 448 5.91%


Party Candidate Votes
     Independent Matthew Esdale 4,199
     Labour James Kinney 4,190
     Independent Charles Wilson 4,000
     Labour Samuel McCoppen 3,578
     Independent Henri Martin 3,327
     Independent Warren Prevey 3,022
     Independent Orlando Bush
(South Side)
     Labour T. Scott 2,258
     Labour S. W. Field 2,068
     Labour J. E. White 1,791
     Independent S. Freeman 990

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Independent Henry Douglas 4,854
     Independent J. A. McPherson 3,815
     Independent Arthur Cushing 3,121
     Independent E. T. Bishop 2,894
     Labour Alfred Farmilo 2,147
     Independent A. L. Marks 1,916
     Independent Joseph Clarke 1,502

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Independent M. Kelly 497
     Independent F. A. French 490
     Independent Joseph Henri Picard 417
     Independent H. J. Roche 387
     Independent Richard Crossland 178


Votes %
Are you in favour of the assessment of
buildings and improvements at a percentage
value not exceeding 25 percent?
For 1,552 46.12%
Against 1,813 53.88%
Are you in favour of a business assessment
equal to the full amount of rental value
of the premises wherein business is carried?
For 3,555 61.36%
Against 2,239 38.64%