1954 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1954 municipal election was held October 13, 1954 to elect five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and three trustees each to sit on the public and separate school boards. The electorate also decided seven plebiscite questions. No election was held for mayor, as William Hawrelak was one year into a two-year term.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Harold Tanner (SS), Rupert Clare, Abe Miller, Charles Simmonds, and Cliffard Roy (SS) were all elected to two-year terms in 1953 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but four of the positions were already filled: Mary Butterworth (ss), William Cowley, James Falconer, and John Thorogood (SS) had been acclaimed to two-year terms in 1953 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Andre Dechene, Amby Lenon (SS), Catherine McGrath, and William Sereda were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 20,866 ballots cast out of 123,040 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 17.0%.

Results[edit]

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Edwin Clarke 14,258   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Ethel Wilson 10,774   Green tickY
Independent Frederick John Mitchell 10,764   Green tickY
Independent Giffard Main 9,607 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Laurette Douglas 9,362   Green tickY
Independent Duncan Innes 7,907 SS
Independent L. B. Nicholson 6,354 SS
Independent Thomas Graham 5,724
Independent Clifford Lee 5,686 SS
Independent Frank Cowles 4,554 SS
Independent Sidney Bowcott 4,409
Citizens' Committee Roy Jamha 2,749
Independent Tempest Aitken 2,507 SS
Citizens' Committee Alex Goruk 2,444
Independent Herbert Turner 2,187
Independent Julia Kiniski 1,758
Civic Reform Committee Rose Sarman 946 SS
Civic Reform Committee William Tuomi 707

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee William Roberts 12,723 Green tickY
Independent Donald Bowen 11,828 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Rex Stevenson 10,529 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Henry Peterson 5,122
Civic Reform Committee Rebecca Stilwell 4,989
Independent Delmer Dreger 3,414

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent James O'Hara 2,867 Green tickY
Independent Adrian Crowe 2,575 SS Green tickY
Independent John Kane 2,526 Green tickY
Independent Louis Blain n/a
Independent Marcel Lambert 2,514
Independent Napolean Forcade 1,554

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 $550,000 for the City share of standard paving of arterial and residential streets?

  • Yes - 10,749
  • No - 1,670

Asphalt Surfacing I[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $450,000 for the City share of paving means of asphalt surfacing on gravel?

  • Yes - 9,809
  • No - 2,004

Asphalt Surfacing II[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $150,000 for the City share of paving by means of asphalt surfacing on gravel?

  • Yes - 9,345
  • No - 2,097

Parks[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $100,000 for the rehabilitation and development of parks including new trees, new roads, sewers, drains, fences and general rebuilding?

  • Yes - 9,859
  • No - 2,112

Neighbourhood Beautification[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $91,500 for the completion of neighborhood beautification areas in various parts of the City including the beautification of small parcels of land owned within the City?

  • Yes - 8,808
  • No - 2,898

Playgrounds[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $61,000 for the improvement of playgrounds and the construction of playground shelters and wading pools and the erection of fencing at various City playgrounds?

  • Yes - 10,623
  • No - 1,677

Health Clinic[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $60,000 for the purpose of a health clinic to look after inoculations, also the supervision of babies and pre-school children and preventative dental services?

  • Yes - 10,623
  • No - 1,677

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