1919 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1919 municipal election was held December 8, 1919 to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on the public school board. T P Malone, Paul Janvrin, T S Magee, and Joseph Henri Picard were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board. In the election's only plebiscite, Edmontonians rejected a proposal to pay their aldermen.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Charles Hepburn, Samuel McCoppen, Henri Martin, John McKenzie, and Andrew McLennan were all elected to two-year terms in 1918 and were still in office.

With the election of Labour candidates Clarke, Kinney, East and Sheppard plus the continuing alderman McCoppen, Labour held five of the 11 seats on council following this election. Mayor Joe Clarke had pro-labour leanings so was generally a sympathetic force in city hall proceedings.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: Joseph Duggan, Frank Crang, and William Rea had all been elected to two-year terms in 1918 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where J J Murray, Joseph Driscoll, and Joseph Gariépy were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

11213 voters cast ballots. There were 15378 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 72.9%.



Party Candidate Votes %
  Labour Joseph Clarke 6,509 59.52%
Citizens' Committee Matthew Easdale 4,427 40.48%


Each voter could cast up to five votes.

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Labour James Kinney 5,513 Green tickY
Labour James East 4,847 Green tickY
Labour Rice Sheppard 4,644 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Percy Abbott 4,233 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee John Bowen 4,093 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee George H. Scott 3,835
  Labour James Findlay 3,775
  Labour J. J. Murray 3,696
Citizens' Committee Valentine Richards 3,524
Citizens' Committee Charles Grant 3,230
  Independent Charles G. Davidson 2,982
  Independent Joseph Adair 2,356

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
  Labour J. A. McPherson 5,682
  Labour Samuel Barnes 5,669
  Labour J. W. H. Williams 4,099
  Labour Frank Scott 4,012
  Independent Mrs. Howey 3,945
  Independent Henry Douglas 3,944
  Independent Walter Ramsey 3,829
  Independent E. T. Bishop 3,278

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
  Independent Thomas Malone acclaimed
  Independent Paul Janvrin acclaimed
  Independent T. S. Magee acclaimed
  Independent Joseph Henri Picard acclaimed


Are you in favour of paying each member of the Council the sum
of $10.00 for each meeting of the Council attended by him
during his term of office, and for each Committee meeting so
attended $5.00. Provided that the total sum payable to any
member shall not be greater than $1,000.00 during any year,
nor more than $100.00 during any month.
Votes %
Yes 4,152 41.84%
No 5,771 58.16%