1971 Alberta general election

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1971 Alberta general election

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75 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
38 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
SC
Leader Peter Lougheed Harry Strom Grant Notley
Party Progressive Conservative Social Credit New Democratic
Leader since 1965 December 12, 1968 1968
Leader's seat Calgary-West Cypress ran in Spirit River-Fairview
Last election 6 seats, 26.0% 55 seats, 44.6% 0 seats, 16.0%
Seats before 10 55 0
Seats won 49 25 1
Seat change Increase39 Decrease30 Increase1
Popular vote 296,934 262,953 73,038
Percentage 46.4% 41.1% 11.4%
Swing Increase20.4% Decrease3.5% Decrease4.6%

Alberta general election 1971 - Results by Riding.svg
Popular vote by riding. As this is a first-past-the-post election, seat totals are not determined by total popular vote, but instead by results in each riding.

Premier before election

Harry Strom
Social Credit

Premier after election

Peter Lougheed
Progressive Conservative

The 1971 Alberta general election was held on August 30, 1971, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Background[edit]

The Progressive Conservative Party, led by Peter Lougheed, won a large majority, thereby ending the Social Credit Party's 36-year run in government–one of the longest such runs at the provincial level in Canada at the time. Ernest C. Manning had resigned as Social Credit leader and premier in 1968 after 25 years in office, a year after leading the Socreds to their ninth consecutive majority government. His successor, Harry E. Strom, had been unable to revive a government increasingly seen as tired, complacent and old-fashioned. The Socreds had been in government for almost two generations, having won their first victory more than a decade before oil was found in a big way in Alberta.

The Progressive Conservatives, on the other hand, had significant momentum going into the 1971 election. Over the past four years, their caucus had increased from the six members elected in 1967 to ten, after two MLAs from other parties crossed the floor and the Tories won two by-elections (one in Manning's former riding). The collapse of the other opposition parties made the PCs the only credible challenger to the Socreds. The Tories took 46% of the popular vote and won 49 of the 75 seats in the legislature, enough for a strong majority government. This would be the first of twelve consecutive victories for the PCs; they would remain in government without interruption until their defeat in 2015, making them the longest serving political dynasty in Canadian history.[1] The 1971 election is considered a classic example of a political realignment.

Social Credit garnered a record number of votes in this election compared to previous elections, which had been plagued by low turn-outs. The party lost only a small share of their popular vote from 1967 and finished only five points behind the Tories. However, the Tories converted this slim lead into a large lead in seats due to their success in the province's two largest cities: Edmonton, where the Tories won every seat, and Calgary, where they took all but five. While many of the Social Credit losses came by small margins, those losses were enough to cost the party almost half of its caucus. Strom resigned as Social Credit leader a few months after the defeat.

The defeat sent Social Credit into headlong decline. Its membership in the Assembly shrank over the next ten years and disappeared altogether by 1982.

The Liberal Party was shut out of the legislature. One Liberal, Bill Dickie, had crossed the floor to the PCs. Another, William Switzer, died in 1969. The remaining Liberal, Michael Maccagno, resigned to run, unsuccessfully as it turned out, for the federal Parliament.

Alberta New Democratic Party leader Grant Notley was the only one in his party to win election. He sat as the only New Democrat in the legislature until 1982. His daughter Rachel would lead the NDP to victory over the Tories in 2015, ending its 44 years in office.

A number of electoral districts were redistributed following 1970 amendments to The Elections Act,[2] which were informed by the 1968 Report of the Alberta Committee on Redistribution Procedure written by the Special Committee on Redistribution chaired by SoCred member Frederick C. Colborne.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1967 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Progressive Conservative Peter Lougheed 75 6 49 +717% 296,934 46.40% +20.40%
  Social Credit Harry E. Strom 75 55 25 -54.5% 262,953 41.10% -3.5%
  New Democrats Grant Notley 70 - 1   73,038 11.42% -4.56%
Liberal Bob Russell 20 3 - -100% 6,475 1.01% -9.80%
  Independent 3 1 - -100% 462 0.07% -1.31%
Total 243 65 75 +15.4% 639,862 100%  
Source: Elections Alberta
Popular vote
PC
46.40%
Social Credit
41.10%
New Democratic
11.42%
Liberal
1.01%
Others
0.07%
Seats summary
PC
65.33%
Social Credit
33.33%
New Democratic
1.33%

Daylight saving time plebiscite[edit]

Daylight saving time plebiscite
August 30, 1971 (1971-08-30)

Do you favour province-wide daylight saving time?
LocationAlberta
Results
Response Votes %
Yes 386,846 61.47%
No 242,431 38.53%
Total votes 629,277 100.00%

Alberta voters also voted in a province-wide plebiscite whether or not to endorse a proposal to adopt daylight saving time (summer time). This time however it passed with a wide margin of 61.37% of the vote.

Background[edit]

In 1948, the Government of Alberta formally set the province's time zone with the passage of The Daylight Saving Time Act,[4] which mandated the entire province observe Mountain Standard Time, and prevented any municipality from observing daylight saving time or any other time zone. The bill came after Calgary (1946 and 1947), and Edmonton (1946) held municipal plebiscites which approved the move to daylight saving time.

Alberta's urban municipalities were largely in favour of daylight saving time and pressured the provincial government to hold a provincial plebiscite or permit municipalities to observe daylight saving time.[5] The effort in the Legislature was spearheaded by Liberal MLA and Calgary Alderman Bill Dickie, who in March 1964 brought forward a motion to permit municipalities to hold plebiscites on the issue; the motion was defeated by the Social Credit government. At the time, Social Credit MLA William Patterson describing daylight saving time as "that fandangled thing", and Minister Allen Russell Patrick stating municipal daylight saving time would be difficult for tourists to understand.[6]

The Social Credit government finally gave into the request for a provincial plebiscite on daylight saving time, approving a motion by Bill Dickie put forward in February 1966.[7] the government responded on March 29, 1966, Minister Alfred Hooke introduced An Act to amend The Daylight Saving Time Act (Bill 75) which amended the Daylight Saving Time Act[8] to permit the government to hold a plebiscite on the issue. Alberta voters were asked the question "Do you favour Province-wide Daylight Saving Time?", during the 1967 Alberta general election. A narrow majority of 51.25 per cent of voters rejected daylight saving time, which were primarily located in rural areas, while strong support for daylight saving time was seen in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.

Across Canada, by 1967, each province besides Alberta and Saskatchewan had adopted daylight saving time. Many Alberta businesses provided for modified summer hours, including the Alberta Stock Exchange which started at 7 a.m. to align with exchanges in Toronto and Montreal. Air Canada released a statement expressing the difficulty of distributing flight schedules with flights in Alberta.[9]

After 25 years as Premier, Social Credit leader Ernest Manning stepped down officially on December 12, 1968, and his successor Harry Strom was sworn in as Premier. Only a few months later in April 1969, the Strom announced Albertans would once again be asked to vote on daylight saving time in conjunction with the next scheduled provincial general election. During the announcement Strom stated he was neutral on the topic and did not have a preference one way or another.[10]

Campaign[edit]

Once again Calgary residents and businessmen Bill Creighton and David Matthews led a campaign for daylight saving times, just as they did in 1967, arguing the benefits of an additional hour of late sunlight for sports.[11] Creighton learned from the successful and well funded "no" campaign on 1967 led by the Alberta Council for Standard Time and Calgary lawyer and drive-in movie operator R. H. Barron. Creighton and Matthews formed the "Yes for Daylight Saving Society" to advocate during the leadup to the 1971 plebiscite, mirroring the organized approach of the no campaign during 1967.[12][13] The Edmonton chapter had a $1,000 budget for advertising and even crowned "Miss Daylight Saving Time", who made appearances throughout Edmonton.[13] The arguments made for daylight saving time were similar to 1967, more amateur sport time, saving 150 hours of electricity each summer and fixing the time difference between Alberta and the 8 other provinces which observed daylight saving time.[13]

The primary opposition to daylight saving time was described by members of the "Yes for Daylight Saving Society" as farmers, housewives and drive-in movie operators. In the 1967 campaign, the Alberta Council for Standard Time was able to raise $30,000 for advertisements, but were much less vocal during the 1971 campaign. Unifarm, an agricultural organization opposed the move but was not willing to spend significantly on a campaign against daylight saving time.[14]

Aftermath[edit]

The 1971 plebiscite on daylight saving time resulted in an overwhelming majority of the Alberta population approving the transition. A statement from Unifarm, a farmer representative organization which opposed daylight saving time admitted that the organization anticipated the proposal would pass, but also downplayed the consequences for farmers.[15] The new Progressive Conservative government highlighted the change to observe daylight saving in the Speech from the Throne in early March 1972,[16] and Attorney-General Merv Leitch announced on March 14, 1972 that Alberta will official observe daylight saving time, with the start date set for April 30, 1972, and lasting until October 29, 1972.[17]

Results[edit]

Do you favour province-wide daylight saving time?
For Against
386,846   61.47% 242,431   38.53%
Do you favour province-wide daylight saving time?
For
61.47%
Against
38.53%

For break down of results see individual districts

Results by riding[edit]

Electoral district Candidates Incumbent
Social Credit PC Liberal NDP Other
Athabasca Allan Gerlach
2,585
36.76%
Frank Appleby
3,261
46.37%
Peter E. Opryshko
1,136
16.15%
Antonio Aloisio
Banff-Cochrane Slim Martin
2,647
37.52%
Clarence Copithorne
3,801
53.88%
Beverly Coulter
420
5.95%
Clarence Copithorne
Barrhead Simon Tuininga
1,651
29.10%
Hugh F. Horner
3,360
59.23%
Herman Burke
643
11.33%
Bonnyville Lorne Mowers
2,355
43.31%
Donald Hansen
2,523
46.40%
Claire Gaines
539
9.91%
Romeo B. Lamothe
Bow Valley Fred T. Mandeville
3,584
67.66%
Don Murray
1,674
31.60%
Calgary-Bow Roy Wilson
5,539
47.84%
Bill Wearmouth
4,563
39.41%
Fred Spooner
1,407
12.15%
Calgary-Buffalo Don Luzzi
5,238
42.31%
Ronald H. Ghitter
5,705
46.09%
Jane Ann Summers
1,364
11.02%
Calgary-Currie Frederick C. Colborne
4,679
43.43%
Fred H. Peacock
5,255
48.78%
Margaret I. Jackson
791
7.34%
Calgary-Egmont Pat O'Byrne
5,503
40.94%
Merv Leitch
6,791
50.52%
Ron Stuart
1,060
7.89%
Calgary-Elbow L.A. Thorssen
4,480
41.63%
David J. Russell
5,547
51.54%
Dolores LeDrew
688
6.39%
Calgary-Foothills Jay Salmon
5,885
39.30%
Len F. Werry
7,693
51.38%
James Staples
1,370
9.15%
Calgary-Glenmore Raymond A. Kingsmith
5,122
37.21%
William Daniel Dickie
7,658
55.64%
George C. McGuire
806
5.86%
William Daniel Dickie
Calgary-McCall George Ho Lem
5,116
43.70%
John Kushner
4,187
35.76%
Natalie Chapman
151
1.29%
Ted Takacs
1,984
16.95%
Calgary-McKnight Jim Richards
5,368
41.60%
Calvin E. Lee
6,134
47.54%
Philip T. Keuber
246
1.91%
Walter H. Siewert
1,097
8.50%
Calgary-Millican Arthur J. Dixon
4,539
48.74%
Norman Kwong
2,973
31.93%
Carole Walter
153
1.64%
Clarence Lacombe
1,543
16.57%
Calgary-Mountain View Albert W. Ludwig
4,990
51.11%
George Swales
3,533
36.19%
E.C. Baldwin
1,149
11.77%
Calgary-North Hill Robert A. Simpson
4,900
42.88%
Roy Alexander Farran
4,961
43.41%
Barry Pashak
1,341
11.74%
Carl L. Riech (Ind.)
121
1.06%
Calgary-West Charles Grey
4,319
33.68%
Peter Lougheed
7,049
54.96%
Brian Stevenson
333
2.60%
Joe Yanchula
1,066
8.31%
Peter Lougheed
Camrose Laurence Rhierson
3,965
41.52%
Gordon Stromberg
4,552
47.67%
Keith Boulter
988
10.35%
Chester I. Sayers
Cardston Edgar W. Hinman
2,831
53.56%
Larry L. Lang
2,392
45.25%
Alvin F. Bullock
Clover Bar Walt A. Buck
4,041
48.86%
J. Devereux
3,468
41.93%
A. Karvonen
736
8.90%
Walt A. Buck
Cypress Harry E. Strom
2,777
60.15%
Dave Berntson
1,635
35.41%
Tony de Souza
196
4.25%
Harry E. Strom
Drayton Valley Thomas Johnson
1,304
26.62%
Rudolph Zander
2,603
53.14%
Alvin Harmacy
963
19.66%
Drumheller Gordon Edward Taylor
5,044
63.56%
Wayne Ohlhauser
2,285
28.79%
Dick Hehr
547
6.89%
Edmonton-Avonmore Joe G. Radstaak
3,681
39.87%
Horst A. Schmid
3,913
42.39%
John Kloster
257
2.78%
Bill McLean
1,303
14.11%
Edmonton-Belmont Werner G. Schmidt
4,052
33.42%
Albert Edward Hohol
6,018
49.63%
Gordon S.B. Wright
1,960
16.16%
Edmonton-Beverly Lou W. Heard
3,050
28.95%
Bill W. Diachuk
4,471
42.44%
John Lambert
185
1.76%
Barrie Chivers
2,769
26.28%
Edmonton-Calder Edgar H. Gerhart
3,653
32.03%
Tom Chambers
5,931
52.01%
Bill Glass
1,772
15.54%
Edmonton-Centre Gerry Mulhall
2,622
28.91%
Gordon Miniely
5,281
58.23%
Leonard Stahl
197
2.17%
Linda Gaboury
931
10.27%
Ambrose Holowach
Edmonton-Glenora Lou Letourneau
4,001
31.09%
Lou Hyndman
7,661
59.53%
Sol Estrin
322
2.50%
Mary Lou Pocklington
848
6.59%
Edmonton-Gold Bar William F. Young
3,778
35.31%
William Yurko
5,789
54.10%
Tom Hennessey
1,082
10.11%
Edmonton-Highlands Ambrose Holowach
2,748
38.05%
David T. King
2,848
39.43%
Gerald Lorente
154
2.13%
Leroy Pearch
1,368
18.94%
Edmonton-Jasper Place John B. Ludwig
3,789
33.72%
Leslie Gordon Young
5,758
51.25%
Edwin Robert Daniels
241
2.15%
Kenneth Joseph Kerr
1,402
12.48%
John William Horan
Edmonton-Kingsway Ethel Sylvia Wilson
3,535
30.92%
Kenneth R.H. Paproski
6,316
55.25%
Roderick Woodcock
199
1.74%
Paulette Atterbury
1,290
11.28%
Edmonton-Meadowlark Alexander Romaniuk
3,839
34.05%
Gerard Joseph Amerongen
6,371
56.52%
Alan J. Idiens
1,035
9.18%
Edmonton-Norwood Irene Domecki
3,618
35.80%
Catherine Chichak
4,334
42.89%
Sam Lee
1,954
19.34%
William Tomyn
Edmonton-Ottewell Ronald Penner
4,188
32.73%
John G. Ashton
7,009
54.77%
Donald Haythorne
1,314
10.27%
Edmonton-Parkallen Gordon V. Rasmussen
3,875
35.84%
Neil S. Crawford
5,300
49.02%
Vic Yanda
221
2.04%
Hart Horn
1,311
12.13%
Edmonton-Strathcona Joseph Donovan Ross
2,973
32.55%
Julian Koziak
4,541
49.72%
Timothy Christian
1,574
17.23%
Edmonton-Whitemud Donald Murray Hamilton
4,690
33.06%
Donald Ross Getty
8,201
57.81%
James N. Tanner
235
1.66%
Joseph Mercredi
936
6.60%
Edson Rollie Mohr
1,947
28.58%
Robert W. Dowling
3,900
57.24%
Walter Seewitz
749
10.99%
Robert W. Dowling
Grande Prairie William Bowes
4,104
38.42%
Winston Backus
4,553
42.63%
Arthur Macklin
1,992
18.65%
Ira McLaughlin
Hanna-Oyen Clinton Keith French
2,231
45.58%
John Edward Butler
2,216
45.27%
Gordon Snell
414
8.46%
Highwood Edward P. Benoit
2,941
47.82%
Eldon C. Couey
2,789
45.35%
D. Larry McKillop
389
6.33%
Innisfail William Kenneth Ure
2,915
46.95%
Clifford L. Doan
3,235
52.10%
Lac La Biche-McMurray Dan Bouvier
2,679
52.97%
Elmer Roy
1,927
38.10%
Kenneth B. Orchard
414
8.19%
Lacombe Ivan Stonehocker
2,582
42.02%
John William Cookson
3,094
50.36%
Ragnar Johanson
452
7.36%
Allan Russell Patrick
Lesser Slave Lake Dennis Barton
1,830
40.98%
Garth Roberts
1,434
32.11%
Stan Daniels
246
5.51%
Marie Carlson
670
15.00%
Allan Crawford (Ind.)
231
5.17%
Lethbridge-East John V. Anderson
5,341
50.27%
Richard Barton
4,374
41.17%
Douglas Poile
805
7.58%
Lethbridge-West Richard David Gruenwald
4,169
54.39%
R.J. Gray
2,751
35.89%
Klaas Buijert
670
8.74%
Little Bow Raymond Albert Speaker
3,400
58.42%
John C. Green
2,114
36.32%
Edward H. Rodney
295
5.07%
Raymond Albert Speaker
Lloydminster Campbell A. Hancock
2,585
42.95%
James Edgar Miller
2,774
46.09%
Lloyd Robertson
635
10.55%
Macleod Leighton E. Buckwell
3,399
50.67%
Danny Le Grandeur
2,808
41.86%
Sid J. Cornish
470
7.01%
Leighton E. Buckwell
Medicine Hat-Redcliff William Wyse
6,447
48.68%
James Horsman
4,140
31.26%
Theodore Anhorn
462
3.49%
Frank Armstrong
2,128
16.07%
Olds-Didsbury Robert Curtis Clark
4,346
59.36%
Rudolf Pedersen
2,578
35.21%
William C. McCutcheon
366
5.00%
Robert Curtis Clark
Peace River Robert H. Wiebe
2,437
38.04%
Al (Boomer) Adair
3,188
49.77%
Hans Jorgensen
722
11.27%
Robert H. Wiebe
Pincher Creek-Crowsnest Charles Duncan Drain
2,379
42.82%
Morgan Johnson
1,791
32.24%
Clarence W. Smith
1,355
24.39%
Charles Duncan Drain
Ponoka Neville S. Roper
2,695
43.69%
Donald J. McCrimmon
2,712
43.96%
Bernice Luce
142
2.30%
Ed Nelson
598
9.69%
Neville S. Roper
Red Deer Fulton Rollings
3,627
34.79%
James L. Foster
4,994
47.90%
Len Patterson
761
7.30%
Ethel Taylor
1,022
9.80%
William Kenneth Ure
Redwater-Andrew Michael Senych
2,271
34.67%
George Topolnisky
3,277
50.02%
Norman T. Flach
968
14.78%
Rocky Mountain House Harvey Staudinger
2,472
40.01%
Helen Hunley
3,014
48.78%
David Elliot
657
10.63%
Alfred J. Hooke
Sedgewick-Coronation Ralph A. Sorenson
2,272
47.51%
Herb Losness
2,005
41.93%
Ron Chalmers
489
10.23%
Jack C. Hillman
Smoky River Bernard Lamoureux
1,604
26.88%
Marvin Moore
2,254
37.77%
Victor Tardif
2,074
34.76%
Spirit River-Fairview Adolph O. Fimrite
2,246
35.99%
Don Moore
1,439
23.06%
Grant W. Notley
2,400
38.46%
Michael Zuk (Ind.)
110
1.76%
St. Albert Keith Everitt
3,592
33.36%
William Ernest Jamison
4,623
42.94%
Robert A. Russell
1,660
15.42%
Elsie McMillan
878
8.15%
Keith Everitt
St. Paul Raymond Reierson
2,041
35.07%
Mick Fluker
2,661
45.72%
Lawrence P. Coutu
209
3.59%
Laurent (Jeff) Dubois
898
15.43%
Raymond Reierson
Stettler Galen C. Norris
2,631
47.10%
Jack G. Robertson
2,925
52.36%
Galen C. Norris
Stony Plain Ralph A. Jespersen
2,788
40.12%
William Frederick Purdy
3,348
48.17%
Michael Crowson
770
11.08%
Ralph A. Jespersen
Taber-Warner Douglas Miller
4,077
54.48%
Robert Bogle
3,367
45.00%
Douglas Miller
Three Hills Raymond Ratzlaff
2,970
47.93%
Allan Warrack
2,978
48.06%
K. Robert Friesen
220
3.55%
Raymond Ratzlaff
Vegreville Alex W. Gordey
2,191
32.05%
John S. Batiuk
3,042
44.49%
W.B. Welsh
1,537
22.48%
Vermilion-Viking Ashley H. Cooper
2,420
46.68%
Tom Newcomb
2,232
43.06%
Harry E. Yaremchuk
507
9.78%
Wainwright Henry A. Ruste
3,311
63.04%
Clifford Silas Smallwood
1,366
26.01%
Gary Luciow
547
10.42%
Henry A. Ruste
Wetaskiwin-Leduc James D. Henderson
5,334
47.25%
Emanuel Pyrcz
4,590
40.66%
Lionel Udenberg
1,336
11.83%
Whitecourt Clyde Feero
2,125
33.76%
Peter Trynchy
3,096
49.19%
Arthur Yates
101
1.60%
Robert Price
929
14.76%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alberta PCs win historic 12th straight majority". CTV Calgary. April 23, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  2. ^ The Election Act, RSA 1970, c. C-117
  3. ^ Special Committee on Redistribution (1968). Report of the Alberta Committee on Redistribution Procedure. Edmonton, Alberta: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  4. ^ An Act Respecting the use of Daylight Saving Time within the Province, SA 1948, c 18, retrieved from CanLII on July 21, 2021
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  10. ^ Bell, Bob (April 17, 1969). "Alberta to get DST plebiscite". Edmonton Journal. p. 29. ProQuest 2397475495.
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  12. ^ Thomson, Stuart (March 9, 2017). "Daylight saving time pioneers oppose move to scrap twice-yearly clock shift in Alberta". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  13. ^ a b c "'Beat that night life - vote for DST'". Edmonton Journal. August 19, 1971. p. 53. ProQuest 2397691439.
  14. ^ Volkart, Carol (August 13, 1971). "DST: controversy that fizzled". Edmonton Journal. pp. 1, 6. ProQuest 2397601564.
  15. ^ Hull, Ken (August 31, 1971). "Alberta lets more sun in". Calgary Herald. p. 1. ProQuest 2258311130.
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