1956 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1956 municipal election was held October 17, 1956 to elect five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and three trustees to sit on each of the public and separate school boards. The electorate also decided nine plebiscite questions. There was no election 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: Abe Miller, Cliffard Roy, Hu Harries, James Falconer, and William Connelly were all elected to two-year terms in 1955 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but four of the positions were already filled: Mary Butterworth, Herbert Smith, James Hanna, and William Henning were elected to two-year terms in 1955 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Amby Lenon, Andre Dechene, Orest Demco, and Catherine McGrath were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 13360 ballots cast out of 133537 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 10.0%.

Results[edit]

(bold indicates elected, italics indicate incumbent)

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Frederick John Mitchell 9,984   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Ethel Wilson 9,284   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Laurette Douglas 9,233   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Giffard Main 8,838 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Donald Bowen 8,774 SS Green tickY
Labour David Graham 6,424
Labour Charles Gilbert 5,560 SS
Independent Tempest Aitken 4,329 SS
Independent Julia Kiniski 3,999

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee John Page 10,354 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee John Thorogood 8,942 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee William Orobko 7,220 Green tickY
Independent Rebecca Stillwell 5,882

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent Vincent Dantzer 2,068   Green tickY
Independent John Bernard Kane 1,846   Green tickY
Independent Leo Lemieux 1,813 SS Green tickY
Independent James O'Hara 1,739

Plebiscites[edit]

Paving[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $1,000,000.00 for the City's share of standard paving on arterial and residential streets?

  • Yes - 8673
  • No - 1193

Paving and Gravelling[edit]

Details of question no longer available.

  • Yes - 8483
  • No - 1197

Asphalt and Gravel[edit]

Details of question no longer available.

  • Yes - 8023
  • No - 1494

Parks[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $500,000.00 for the improvement of City parks, and the commencement of work on undeveloped parkland, circles, buffer zones, ravine side boulevards and similar works, including, necessary new roads, sewers and drains into parkland?

  • Yes - 8246
  • No - 1444

Health Clinic[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $60,000.00 for the purpose of a health clinic to provide inoculation services, supervision of babies and pre-school children and preventative dental services?

  • Yes - 8755
  • No - 1178

Royal Alexandra Hospital[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $350,000.00 to provide equipment and furnishings at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, miscellaneous improvements to the interior and exterior of the Hospital?

  • Yes - 7213
  • No - 2433

Traffic Lights[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $150,000.00 in order to purchase and install additional traffic lights at various locations within the City?

  • Yes - 7987
  • No - 1607

Fire Hall[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $125,000.00 for the purpose of constructing a fire hall in the vicinity of 97th Street and 127th Avenue?

  • Yes - 7645
  • No - 1741

Royal Alexandra Hospital - Nurses Residence[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $2,700,000.00 for the purpose of constructing at the Royal Alexandra Hospital nurses residence and training school?

  • Yes - 6921
  • No - 2695

References[edit]

City of Edmonton: Edmonton Elections