Alberta general election, 1926

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Alberta general election, 1926
← 1921 June 28, 1926 (1926-06-28) 1930 →

60 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
31 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Leader John E. Brownlee Joseph Tweed Shaw
Party United Farmers Liberal
Leader since November 23, 1925 April 21, 1926
Leader's seat Ponoka Bow Valley
Last election 38 seats, 28.9% 15 seats, 34.1%
Seats before 40 9
Seats won 43 7
Seat change Increase3 Decrease2
Popular vote 71,967 47,450
Percentage 39.7% 26.2%
Swing Increase10.8% Decrease7.9%

  Third party Fourth party
  A A McGillivray.jpg
Leader Fred J. White Alexander McGillivray
Party Dominion Labor Conservative
Leader since between 1921 & 1926 1925
Leader's seat Calgary Calgary
Last election 4 seats, 11.4% 0 seats, 11.0%
Seats before 3 0
Seats won 5 4
Seat change Increase2 Increase4
Popular vote 14,123 40,091
Percentage 7.8% 22.1%
Swing Decrease3.6% Increase11.1%

Premier before election

John E. Brownlee
United Farmers


John E. Brownlee
United Farmers

The Alberta general election of 1926 was the sixth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on June 28, 1926 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The writs of election were issued on May 10, 1926 allowing for an election period of 40 days.

After Herbert Greenfield had resigned as United Farmers leader and premier, John E. Brownlee accepted the position and led the UFA to a second election victory, significantly increasing the UFA's share of the popular vote.

1926 would mark the first election that Single Transferable Vote would be used in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton continued to be multi member districts, previously electing members in a plurality Block Vote, now electing members under the Hare Proportional Representation system. The rural areas continued being single member districts, but now members were elected under a system of Single Transferable Ballots (preferential voting).

This dual system of balloting would last until 1959 (although Medicine Hat reverted to a single-member constituency before that).


1926 Alberta provincial election[1]
Party Party Leader # of
Seats Popular Vote
1921 Elected % Change # % % Change
United Farmers John E. Brownlee 46 38 43 +13.2% 71,967 39.68% +10.76%
Liberal Joseph Tweed Shaw 54 15 7 -36.4% 47,450 26.17% -7.90%
Labour 12 4 5 +25.0% 14,123 7.79% -3.25%
Conservative Alexander McGillivray 56 - 4   40,091 22.10% +11.12%
Independent Labour 1 - 1   2,467 1.37% -1.69%
Independent Liberal 5 - -   2,728 1.51% 1.02%
Independent 3 4 - -100% 1,254 0.70% -8.96%
Independent UFA 5   -   999 0.55%  
Liberal–Progressive A. D. Campbell 1   -   252 0.13%  
Total 183 61 60 - 181,331 100%  

Members elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

6th Alberta Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
  Acadia Lorne Proudfoot United Farmers
  Alexandra Peter Enzenauer United Farmers
  Athabasca John Frame Liberal
  Beaver River John Delisle United Farmers
  Bow Valley Joseph Shaw Liberal
  Calgary Alexander McGillivray Conservative
  George Harry Webster Liberal
  John Irwin Conservative
     Fred J. White Dominion Labor
  Robert Parkyn Independent Labor
  Camrose Vernor Smith United Farmers
  Cardston George Stringam United Farmers
  Claresholm Gordon Walker United Farmers
  Cochrane Robert McCool United Farmers
  Coronation George Johnston United Farmers
  Cypress Perren Baker United Farmers
  Didsbury Austin Claypool United Farmers
  Edmonton John Lymburn United Farmers
  Charles Weaver Conservative
     Charles Gibbs Dominion Labor
  Warren Prevey Liberal
  David Milwyn Duggan Conservative
     Edson Christopher Pattinson Dominion Labor
  Empress William Smith United Farmers
  Gleichen John Buckley United Farmers
  Grouard Leonidas Giroux Liberal
  Hand Hills Gordon Forster United Farmers
  High River Samuel Brown United Farmers
  Innisfail Donald Cameron United Farmers
  Lac Ste. Anne Charles McKeen United Farmers
  Lacombe Irene Parlby United Farmers
  Leduc Douglas Breton United Farmers
     Lethbridge Andrew Smeaton Dominion Labor
  Little Bow Oran McPherson United Farmers
  Macleod William Shield United Farmers
  Medicine Hat Charles Pingle Liberal
  Nanton Daniel Harcourt Galbraith United Farmers
  Okotoks George Hoadley United Farmers
  Olds Nelson Smith United Farmers
  Peace River Hugh Allen United Farmers
  Pembina George MacLachlan United Farmers
  Pincher Creek Earle Cook* United Farmers
  Ponoka John Brownlee United Farmers
  Red Deer George Wilbert Smith United Farmers
  Ribstone William Farquharson United Farmers
     Rocky Mountain Philip Christophers Dominion Labor
  Sedgewick Albert Andrews United Farmers
  St. Albert Lucien Boudreau Liberal
  St. Paul Laudas Joly United Farmers
  Stettler Albert Sanders United Farmers
  Stony Plain Willard Washburn United Farmers
  Sturgeon Samuel Carson United Farmers
  Taber Lawrence Peterson United Farmers
  Vegreville Archie Matheson United Farmers
  Vermilion Richard Reid United Farmers
  Victoria Rudolph Hennig United Farmers
  Wainwright John Russell Love United Farmers
  Warner Maurice Conner United Farmers
  Wetaskiwin Evert Sparks United Farmers
  Whitford George Mihalcheon United Farmers

(* Cook's defeat of Liberal candidate Bossenberry is the only instance in this election where a candidate who led in the first count was not elected in a second round count, under the preferential balloting system.)

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "Alberta provincial election results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-13.