8th Alberta Legislature

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The 8th Alberta Legislative Assembly lasted from 1935 to 1940. The Social Credit party swept to power forming the third government of Alberta under the leadership of William Aberhart. The United Farmers of Alberta lost every seat.

Composition at election[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940
Aug 22 Oct 5 Oct 8 Nov 4 Mar 2 Jun 22 Sep 7 Dec 7 ? May 1 ? Aug 9 Oct 7 Sep 2 Dec 2 ? ? Nov 7 Apr 2 Jul 19 Feb 5 ? ?
     Social Credit 56 55 54 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 51 50 49 48 47
Liberal 5 4 5 4 5 4 5 6
     Conservative 2
     Independent 0 1 2 3
     Independent Social Credit 0 1 0
     Independent Progressive 0 1 2 3 4
Total members 63 62 61 63 62 63 62 63 62 63 62 63 62 63 62
Vacant 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
Government Majority 49 48 47 49 50 49 50 49 47 45 46 44 43 42 41 40 38 39 38 36 34 32
Membership changes in the 8th Assembly
Date Member Name District Party Reason
  August 22, 1935 See List of Members Election day of the 8th Alberta general election
     October 5, 1935 William Morrison Okotoks-High River Social Credit Resigned to make room for the Premier.[1]
     October 8, 1935 Clarence Tade Athabasca Social Credit Resigned to make room for a cabinet minister.[2]
     November 4, 1935 William Aberhart Okotoks-High River Social Credit Acclaimed in a by-election
     November 4, 1935 Charles Ross Athabasca Social Credit Acclaimed in a by-election
     March 2, 1936 William Howson Edmonton Liberal Appointed to the Supreme Court of Alberta[3]
     June 22, 1936 Walter Morrish Edmonton Liberal Elected in a by-election
     September 7, 1936 Leonidas Giroux Grouard Liberal Died with an undisclosed illness at Mayo Clinic.[4]
     December 7, 1936 Joseph Tremblay Grouard Liberal Elected in a by-election
     ? James Hansen Taber Independent
     May 1, 1937 William Chant Camrose Independent Forced out of Ministerial position by Order in Council.[5]
     1937 George Van Allen Edmonton Liberal Died
     August 9, 1937 John Hugill Calgary Independent Resigned as Attorney General and sits as an Independent
     October 7, 1937 Edward Gray Edmonton Liberal Elected in a by-election
     September 2, 1937 Hans Wight Lethbridge Social Credit Resigned seat to accept private sector job.[6]
     December 2, 1937 Peter Campbell Lethbridge Unity Elected in a by-election
     1938 Charles Ross Athabasca Social Credit Died
     < March 1938 Samuel Barnes Edmonton Independent Social Credit Left the Social Credit caucus
     November 7, 1938 Clarence Tade Athabasca Social Credit Elected in a by-election
     April 2, 1939 William Hayes Stony Plain Social Credit Died from heart seizure.
     July 19, 1939 Alban MacLellan Innisfail Independent Progressive Nominated as an Independent Progressive candidate[7]
     February 5, 1940 Samuel Barnes Edmonton Independent Progressive Picked as President of the Independent Progressives[8]
     ? Charles Cockroft Stettler Independent Progressive Joined the Independent Progressives
     ? William Chant Camrose Independent Progressive Joined the Independent Progressives

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morrison Resignation Brings Rift". Vol XXVIII No 255. The Lethbridge Herald. October 11, 2010. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Denies Compulsion Used To Oust Social Credit Candidate". Vol XXVIII No 252. The Lethbridge Herald. October 8, 2010. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Liberal Leader Now Mr. Justice Howson". Vol XXIX No 252. The Lethbridge Herald. March 3, 1936. pp. 1–2. 
  4. ^ "L.A. Giroux is Dead; Member For Grouard Seat". Vol XXIX No 228. The Lethbridge Herald. September 8, 1936. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Chant Is Ousted By Order In Council". Vol XXX No 119. The Lethbridge Herald. May 1, 1937. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Resignation Notice Has Not Been Received". Vol XXX No 223. The Lethbridge Herald. September 2, 1937. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Ex-S.C. Member Gets Nomination As Progressive". Vol XXXII No 185. The Lethbridge Herald. July 20, 1939. p. 14. 
  8. ^ "Barnes President Alta. Independent Progressive Assn.". Vol XXXIII No 47. The Lethbridge Herald. February 5, 1940. p. 2. 

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