1951 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1951 municipal election was held November 7, 1951 to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on the separate school board, while four trustees were acclaimed to the public board. The electorate also decided four plebiscite questions.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Edwin Clarke, Duncan Innes (SS), Richmond Francis Hanna, Frederick John Mitchell, and Athelstan Bissett (SS) were all elected to two-year terms in 1950 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: Harry Fowler, Robert Rae, and Charles Cummins had been acclaimed to two-year terms in 1950 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Adrian Crowe (SS), Francis Killeen, and James O'Hara were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 41,515 ballots cast out of 98,882 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 41.0%.

Results[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes %
Citizens' Committee William Hawrelak 26,858 65.03%
Independent Sidney Parsons 8,537 20.67%
Independent George Gleave 5,909 14.31%

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Harold Tanner 27,067 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Abe Miller 22,035 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Rupert Clare 21,565 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Violet Field 21,061 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Al Larson 16,648 SS Green tickY
Independent Sidney Bowcott 12,332
Independent Thomas Andrew Graham 10,389
Independent Charles Simmonds 9,147
Independent Mack Lyle 8,827 SS
Labour Ethel Wilson 8,516
     Independent labour Tom Steele 7,126
Labour Daniel Smith 6,705
Independent Julia Kiniski 5,045

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee William Webber Acclaimed Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Mary Butterworth Acclaimed SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee J. W. K. Shortreed Acclaimed Green tickY
Citizens' Committee John Thorogood Acclaimed SS Green tickY

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent Andre Dechene 3,832 Green tickY
Independent William Sereda 3,744 Green tickY
Independent Catherine McGrath 3,343 Green tickY
Independent Amby Lenon 3,008 SS Green tickY
Independent Joseph Pilon 2,995
Independent Robert Garneau 2,705
Independent Terence Hughes 2,100

Plebiscites[edit]

  • Financial plebiscite items required a minimum two-thirds "Yes" majority to bring about action

Paving[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a sinking fund debenture debt in the sum of $1,060,000 for the City share of paving of residential and arterial streets?

  • Yes - 16,027
  • No - 3,039

Incinerator Upgrades[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $300,000 for the purpose of modernization and enlarging the capacity of the present city incinerator?

  • Yes - 13,827
  • No - 4,217

Equipment for the City Engineers' Department[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $200,000 to purchase construction and scavenging equipment and traffic light equipment for the City Engineers’ Department?

  • Yes - 15,072
  • No - 3,248

Building Extensions[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $65,000 for extensions to Engineers’ yard and shop buildings?

  • Yes - 10,794
  • No - 6,553

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