1953 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1953 municipal election was held October 14, 1953 to elect six aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on the separate school board, while the mayor and four trustees for the public school board were acclaimed. The electorate also decided five plebiscite questions.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but four of the positions were already filled: Edwin Clarke, James MacDonald, Frederick John Mitchell, and Ethel Wilson were all elected to two-year terms in 1952 and were still in office. Richmond Francis Hanna (SS) had also been elected to a two-year term in 1952, but had been elected to the House of Commons of Canada and had resigned; consequently, Hu Harries (SS) was elected alderman for a one-year term to complete his term.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: Charles Cummins, Robert Rae, and Harry Fowler had been acclaimed to two-year terms in 1952 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Francis Killeen, James O'Hara, and Adrian Crowe (SS) were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 12,146 ballots cast out of 107,687 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 11.2%.

Results[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
Citizens' Committee William Hawrelak Acclaimed

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Harold Tanner 11,267 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Rupert Clare 10,936   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Abe Miller 9,845   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Charles Simmonds 8,362   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Cliffard Roy 8,334 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Hu Harries 7,889 SS Green tickY
Independent Sidney Bowcott 7,395
Independent Phoebe McCullough 5,377
Independent Julia Kiniski 3,471

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Mary Butterworth Acclaimed SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee William Cowley Acclaimed Green tickY
Citizens' Committee James Falconer Acclaimed Green tickY
Citizens' Committee John Thorogood Acclaimed SS Green tickY

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent Andre Dechene 2,305   Green tickY
Independent William Sereda 1,869   Green tickY
Independent Amby Lenon 1,680 SS Green tickY
Independent Catherine McGrath 1,662   Green tickY
Independent John Kane 1,401

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 debenture debt in the sum of $1,250,000 for the City share of paving arterial and residential streets?

  • Yes - 8,271
  • No - 757

Engineering Equipment[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $200,000 for the purpose of buying Engineers Department Equipment, consisting of scavenging equipment, oil distributor, front end loaders, oil and gas tenders, sweepers and other construction equipment?

  • Yes - 7,720
  • No - 1,090

Swimming Pool Renovations[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $75,000 for providing new filtration system and reconstructing dressing rooms and sun deck area in Borden Park Swimming Pool?

  • Yes - 6,413
  • No - 2,067

Playgrounds[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $50,000 to develop public playgrounds, playground shelters, wading pools and to provide other public recreation facilities?

  • Yes - 7,410
  • No - 1,270

New Building at the Royal Alexandra Hospital[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $355,000 being part of the cost of construction of a building to contain kitchen and dining room, storage and other facilities, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital?

  • Yes - 7,299
  • No - 1,439

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