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%


Labour = Labour Representation League [1]

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%


  1. ^ Edmonton Bulletin, December 15, 1917