Didsbury (provincial electoral district)

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Didsbury is a former provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. The electoral district returned a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1909 to 1963.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)[edit]

  Name Party Elected Left Office
See Rosebud 1905-1909
  Joseph Stauffer Liberal 1909 1917
  Henry B. Atkins Liberal 1917 1921
  Austin Claypool United Farmers 1921 1935
  Edward P. Foster Social Credit 1935 1940
  Ernest M. Brown Independent 1940 1944
  Howard Hammell Social Credit 1944 1955
  James Lawrence Owens Social Credit 1955 1960
  Robert Curtis Clark Social Credit 1960 1963
See Olds-Didsbury 1963-1997

Election results[edit]

1944 general election[edit]

1944 Alberta general election results[1] Turnout 69.01%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
  Social Credit Howard Hammell 2,485 59.46%
  Independent C.C. Gillespie 966 23.12%
     Cooperative Commonwealth R.C. Bell 728 17.42%
Total 4,179 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined Unknown

Plebiscite results[edit]

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Didsbury[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 1,961 59.12%
Yes 1,356 40.88%
Total Votes 2,429 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 34
6,535 Eligible Electors, Turnout 51.28%

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 woman 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. Didsbury voted against the proposal by a wide margin. The voter turnout in the district was well above the province wide average of 46% with well over half the electors turning out to vote.[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 considered 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 Didsbury 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.[6]


  1. ^ "Didsbury Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  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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