Bonnyville (provincial electoral district)

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Bonnyville was a provincial electoral district in north east Alberta, Canada. It elected members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from its creation in 1952 until 1997 when the riding was renamed Bonnyville-Cold Lake, to more accurately reflect the two largest population centres in the constituency. It was created in 1952 from the northern part of the St. Paul electoral district.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)[edit]

  Name Party Elected Left Office
  Laudas Joly Social Credit 1952 1955
     Jake Josvanger Liberal 1955 1959
  Karl Nordstrom Social Credit 1959 1961
  Romeo Lamothe Social Credit 1961 1971
     Donald Hansen Progressive Conservative 1971 1979
     Ernie Isley Progressive Conservative 1979 1993
     Leo Vasseur Liberal 1993 1997

Plebiscite results[edit]

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Bonnyville[1]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
Yes 1,716 66.05%
No 882 33.95%
Total Votes 2,598 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 31
6,988 Eligible Electors, Turnout 37.62%

On October 30, 1957 a stand alone plebiscite was held province wide in all 50 of the then current provincial electoral districts in Alberta. The government decided to consult Alberta voters to decide on liquor sales and mixed drinking after a divisive debate in the Legislature. The plebiscite was intended to deal with the growing demand for reforming antiquated liquor control laws.[2]

The plebiscite was conducted in two parts. Question A asked in all districts, asked the voters if the sale of liquor should be expanded in Alberta, while Question B asked in a handful of districts within the corporate limits of Calgary and Edmonton asked if men and woman were allowed to drink together in establishments.[1]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Bonnyville voted in favour of the proposal by an overwhelming majority. The district recorded a poor voter turnout, falling well below the province wide average of 46%.[1]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[1] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding.[3] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[4]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the Plebiscite were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones, business owners that wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order to be granted a license.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2,247–2,249. 
  2. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273 (The Lethbridge Herald). October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2. 
  3. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267 (The Lethbridge Herald). October 24, 1957. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72 (The Lethbridge Herald). March 5, 1958. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40. 

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Coordinates: 54°15′14″N 110°31′26″W / 54.254°N 110.524°W / 54.254; -110.524