Alberta liquor plebiscite, 1915

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The 1915 Alberta liquor plebiscite was held on July 21, 1915 to ask Albertans to vote on ratifying the new liquor act. The vote was the first province wide referendum held under the Direct Plebiscite Act. It would be the first of three province wide plebiscites related to liquor in Alberta.

Aftermath[edit]

The province voted by a large majority in favor of the new liquor act which enforced prohibition on the province effective July 1, 1916. This was the second era of prohibition in Alberta, since the first era of prohibition was lifted when Alberta was still part of the North-West Territories in 1892.[1] The results of the plebiscite were binding.

Tabulation of Results[edit]

Province Wide Returns
Option Votes[2] %
Yes 58,295 61.01%
No 37,259 38.99%
Total 95,554 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 1,649
Returns by district[3]
District Yes % No % Total Yes/No
Acadia 1,660 % 359 % 2,019 Yes
Alexandra 811 % 346 % 1,157 Yes
Athabasca 397 % 512 % No
Beaver River 280 % 743 % No
Bow Valley 265 % 293 % No
Centre Calgary % % Yes
North Calgary % % Yes
South Calgary % % Yes
Camrose % % Yes
Cardston % % Yes
Claresholm % % Yes
Clearwater % % Yes
Cochrane % % Yes
Coronation % % Yes
Didsbury % % Yes
Edmonton % % Yes
Edmonton South % % Yes
Edson % % No
Gleichen % % Yes
Grouard % % No
Hand Hills % % Yes
High River % % Yes
Innisfail % % Yes
Lac Ste. Anne % % No
Lacombe % % Yes
Leduc % % Yes
Lethbridge City % % No
Little Bow % % Yes
Macleod % % Yes
Medicine Hat % % Yes
Nanton % % Yes
Okotoks % % Yes
Olds % % Yes
Peace River % % Yes
Pembina % % Yes
Pincher Creek % % No
Ponoka % % Yes
Red Deer % % Yes
Redcliff % % No
Ribstone % % Yes
Rocky Mountain 881 % 1,392 % 2,273 No
Sedgewick % % Yes
St. Albert % % No
Stettler % % Yes
St. Paul % % No
Stony Plain % % No
Sturgeon % % No
Taber % % Yes
Vegreville % % Yes
Vermilion % % Yes
Victoria 790 % 608 % No
Wainwright 903 % 542 % Yes
Warner 414 % 323 % Yes
Wetaskiwin 943 % 492 % Yes
Whitford 416 % 603 % No

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Majority For Liquor Act In Neighborhood of 20,000". 22nd Year No. 3867. The Calgary Daily Herald. July 22, 1915. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Alberta Gazette. Government of Alberta. 1915. pp. 609–610. 
  3. ^ "Tabulated Plebiscite Results". 14th Year No 4905. The Calgary Daily Herald. November 6, 1923. p. 18.