1959 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1959 municipal election was held October 14, 1959, to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on each of the public and separate school boards. The electorate also decided eleven plebiscite questions.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Frederick John Mitchell, George Prudham, Donald Bowen, Ethel Wilson, and Laurette Douglas were all elected to two-year terms in 1958 and were still in office (in fact, Mitchell was in office as mayor, having been appointed by council to replace the resigned William Hawrelak, but city bylaws allowed him to resume his aldermanic term once a new mayor was elected).

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: J. Percy Page, Robert Thorogood, and William Orobko were elected to two-year terms in 1958 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Leo Lemieux, Vincent Dantzer, and E D Stack were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 52357 ballots cast out of 150062 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 34.9%.

Results[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes %
Citizens' Committee and Civic Reform Association Elmer Roper 25,465 49.02%
Independent James Harper Prowse 19,318 37.19%
Independent William Pasternak 6624 12.75%
Independent John Thomas Bennett 542 1.04%

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee & Civic Reform Association William Henning 27,825 SS Green tickY
Civic Reform Association Angus McGugan 22,711 SS Green tickY
Civic Reform Association Ed Leger 21,372 SS Green tickY
Civic Reform Association Gordon McClary 19,269 Green tickY
Citizens' Committee McKim Ross 17,950 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Cliffard Roy 17,172 SS
Citizens' Committee Morris Weinlos 16,769
Civic Reform Association J. Les Bodie 15,077
Citizens' Committee Robert McDonald 14,592
Independent Ivor Dent 13,870 SS
Edmonton Voters Association Julia Kiniski 9,703
Independent Allan Welsh 8,824
Independent Orval Allen 7,671 SS
Independent Charles Simmonds 7,629 SS
Independent Stan Rogalski 3,787
Edmonton Voters Association E. J. (Slim) Powell 3,050
Edmonton Voters Association Walter Doskoch 2,639

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee & Civic Reform Association Angus MacDonald 26,928   Green tickY
Civic Reform Association Edith Rogers 24,893   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee & Civic Reform Association Vernon Johnson 22,467 SS Green tickY
Civic Reform Association Murray Stewart Cooke 20,707
Citizens' Committee Ernest Hanna 18,685
Citizens' Committee Douglas Thomson 14,742 SS Green tickY
Independent David Graham 12,641
Edmonton Voters Association John Rawluk 3,685

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent Joseph Moreau 7,165   Green tickY
Independent Orest Demco 6,215   Green tickY
Independent Catherine McGrath 6,158   Green tickY
Independent Henry Carrigan 5,952 SS Green tickY
Independent Russell Burke 5,892 SS

Plebiscites[edit]

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

Fluoridation of Water[edit]

Shall fluorides, for the prevention of tooth decay, be added to the City water supply sufficient to bring the fluoride content of City water up to the level of one part fluoride to one million parts of water?

  • Yes - 27946
  • No - 22166

Landfill[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $75,000.00 for the purchase of land to be used as a refuse disposal area employing the sanitary fill method?

  • Yes - 20803
  • No - 8925

Traffic Lights[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $160,000.00 in order to purchase and locate traffic lights on certain highway intersections within the City?

  • Yes - 22886
  • No - 7128

Paving[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $250,000.00 for the City share of standard paving of arterial and residential streets?

  • Yes - 24502
  • No - 5528

Parks[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $750,000.00 for constructing or improving park areas or playgrounds and circles, buffer zones, ravine side boulevards, small parks and triangles?

  • Yes - 21718
  • No - 8154

Railway Underpass[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $300,00.00 for the City share of constructing an underpass of the Canadian National Railway tracks at the crossing of 127 Street at 126 Avenue?

  • Yes - 21420
  • No - 9218

Bridge over Mill Creek Ravine[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $500,000.00 for the City share of constructing a four lane bridge to replace the existing structure over Mill Creek Ravine at 82nd Avenue?

  • Yes - 23490
  • No - 6729

Royal Alexandra Hospital Expansion[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $3,000,000.00 so that the patient bed capacity of the new Royal Alexandra Hospital approved in 1958 may be increased by 300 beds and to buy equipment?

  • Yes - 25018
  • No - 5911

Swimming Pool[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $350,000.00 for the City share of constructing an indoor swimming Pool at Eastglen Composite High School situated at 114th Avenue and 68th Street?

  • Yes - 13842
  • No - 15577

Youth Shelter[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $175,000.00 for the purpose of constructing an Emergency Receiving Home for neglected children?

  • Yes - 25703
  • No - 4802

Bridges over MacKinnon and MacKenzie ravines[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $1,000,000.00 for the purpose of constructing two 4 lane bridges to replace the existing structures located at 142 Street and MacKinnon Ravine, and 142 Street and MacKenzie Ravine?

  • Yes - 16743
  • No - 12645

References[edit]

City of Edmonton: Edmonton Elections