1968 Edmonton municipal election
The 1968 Edmonton municipal election was held on October 16, 1968, to elect a mayor and twelve aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and seven trustees to sit on each of the public and separate school boards. The electorate also decided three plebiscite questions.
On May 2, 1968, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta passed the Municipal Elections Act. this Act had three major effects: first, it standardized municipal terms as being three years in all Alberta municipalities. Second, it standardized the date on which municipal elections in Alberta would be held – the nomination deadline would be the third Monday of September and the election would be four weeks later. Third, it allowed for the election of aldermen by ward, rather than at large.
This election was conducted under the new Act, and included a plebiscite to move to a ward system. It was approved by the electorate, and the 1968 election was the last in which aldermen were elected at large (although a 1970 by-election also elected an alderman at large, before the ward system was introduced in the 1971 election).
In addition to choosing members for City Council, citizens were asked to vote on three plebiscites. One plebiscite was on whether to switch to wards for election of city councillors. Another was whether or not council should have control over hours of operation of retail stores.
One plebiscite was related to a question rejected by voters in 1963, asking if the city should purchase land and build a combined sports and convention complex. The 1968 plebiscite saw voters agree to "construction of a Trade Convention and Sports Complex" in downtown Edmonton. Two years later, voters later rejected the specific, 50% more costly, Omniplex project plebiscite. The single-site sports and convention concept was later served by the distributed Northlands Coliseum (opened 1974), Commonwealth Stadium (1978), and Edmonton Convention Centre (1983, a few metres south of the 1963 site).
There were 93,129 ballots cast out of 238,828 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 39%.
(bold indicates elected, italics indicate incumbent)
- Ivor Dent – 34,722
- Reginald Easton – 27,365
- John Leslie Bodie – 26,951
- Morris Weinlos – 49,527
- James Bateman – 45,685 (his family ran a chain of grocery stores)
- Una Evans – 44,025 (reformer, husband was Art Evans, Edmonton Journal writer
- Ed Leger – 42,636
- Cec Purves – 40,699
- Neil Crawford – 39,190 (later Conservative MLA)
- Kenneth Newman – 37,607
- Ches Tanner – 36,191
- Julia Kiniski – 35,760
- Terry Nugent – 34,451
- Kathleen McCallum – 34,059
- David Ward – 29,770
- Bev Booker – 29,652
- Terry Cavanagh – 28,981
- Norbert Berkowitz – 28,394
- Pat Shewchuk – 26,395
- Catherine Chichak – 24,835
- G Dale Newcombe – 24,403
- Bill McLean – 24,185
- Don Ross – 21,837
- Ron Hayter – 21,511
- G A (Pat) O'Hara – 18,310
- A Terry Laing – 16,155
- Lila Fahlman – 15,485
- John Matlock – 12,543
- John Lakusta – 11,965
- Douglas Tomlinson – 10,189 (member of the Communist Party)
- Charles Jenkins – 9543
- Walter Makowecki – 7962
- Wilson Arthur Stewart – 7951
- Bernard Mazurewicz – 6848
- Abner Abraham Rubin – 5339
Public school trustees
|Better Education Association||Jackson Willis||38,496|
|Better Education Association||John Bracco||31,844|
|Quality Education Council||Edith Rogers||29,404|
|Better Education Association||Milton Lazerte||27,422|
|Better Education Association||Warren Edward (Ted) Smith||25,922|
|Better Education Association||Lois Campbell||23,976|
|Quality Education Council||Richard Jamieson||17,981|
|Better Education Association||David Ellis||16,578|
|Better Education Association||Alan Robertson||16,419|
|Quality Education Council||Robert Dunseith||14,346|
|Quality Education Council||Joseph Boehm||10,388|
|Quality Education Council||Albert Bourcier||9,378|
|Quality Education Council||John Poppit||6,739|
|Quality Education Council||John Fuga||5,744|
Separate (Catholic) school trustees
|Independent||B. J. Gagnon||7,041|
|Independent||D. A. McKay||6,657|
Are you in favour of the City being divided into areas known as wards, of not less than three (3) and not more than ten (10) in number for the holding of elections of Alderman to City Council at future elections?
- Yes – 45938
- No – 28594
Convention and Sports Complex
Do you favour the construction of a Trade Convention and Sports Complex containing facilities such as a covered Football stadium and Ice Arena, and a Trade & Convention Centre, at an estimated capital cost of Twenty-three Million Dollars ($23,000,000.00) and to be operated at an estimated annual deficit of not more than two million?
- Yes – 57568
- No – 21458
Council Control of Store Hours
Do you want shop hours in the City of Edmonton to be controlled by City Council?
- Yes – 24672
- No – 55489
If shop hours are controlled, which do you favour: (a.) six days and two evenings – 58533 (b.) five days and two evenings – 8539 (c.) five and one-half days and one evening – 11776