Camrose (provincial electoral district)

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Camrose is a former Alberta provincial electoral district.

Election results (partial)[edit]

Alberta general election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes %
United Farmers Vernor Smith 3,040 55.97%
Liberal George P. Smith 2,391 44.03%
Turnout 86.6%
Source: "Election results for Camrose, 1921". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
Alberta provincial by-election, December 9, 1921
Party Candidate Votes
United Farmers Vernor Smith Acclaimed
Source: "Past By-Elections". Elections Alberta. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
Alberta general election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes %
United Farmers Vernor Smith 2,872 71.96%
Liberal W. A. Cunningham 567 14.21%
Conservative J. A. Code 300 7.52%
Liberal Progressive A. D. Campbell 252 6.31%
Turnout 58.3%
Source: "Election results for Camrose, 1926". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
Alberta general election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes %
United Farmers Vernor Smith 3,137 58.07%
Liberal S. M. Westvick 2,086 41.93%
Turnout 78.1%
Source: "Election results for Camrose, 1930". Alberta Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
1944 Alberta general election results[1] Turnout 72.06%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  Social Credit Chester Sayers 2,763 55.53%
     Cooperative Commonwealth C.E. Boulter 1,590 31.95%
  Independent William Chant 623 12.52%
Total 4,976 100%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 26

Plebiscite results[edit]

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Camrose[2]
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 %
No 2,818 67.16%
Yes 1,378 32.84%
Total votes 4,196 100%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 12
7,721 eligible electors, turnout 54.50%

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.[3]

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 women were allowed to drink together in establishments.[2]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Camrose voted heavily against it. The district recorded the second best turnout in the province. It was well above the province wide average of 46%.[2]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[2] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not consider the results binding.[4] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[5]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the plebiscite such as Camrose were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones, business owners who wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order to be granted a license.[6]


  1. ^ "Camrose results 1944". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2,247–2,249. 
  3. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2. 
  4. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1968. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40. 

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