Drumheller (provincial electoral district)

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Drumheller was a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of Alberta represented in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1930 to 1963 and again from 1971 to 1997.


The electoral district was created during the 1930 Alberta general election from the north section of the Bow Valley provincial electoral district and the southwest section of the Hand Hills provincial electoral district. In the 1963 Alberta general election it was merged with the Gleichen riding to form the short lived Drumheller-Gleichen district.

After redistribution again in the 1971 Alberta general election the Gliechen portion was dropped to expand Little Bow and the riding was once again Drumheller. The riding remained until redistribution in the 1997 Alberta general election when Drumheller and neighboring Chinook merged to form Drumheller-Chinook.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)[edit]

  Name Party Elected Left Office
  Fred Moyer Independent 1930 1935
  Herbert Ingrey Social Credit 1935 1940
Gordon Taylor Social Credit 1940 1963
1971 1975
  Independent Social Credit 1975 1979
  Progressive Conservative 1979 1979
  Lewis Clark Progressive Conservative 1979 1986
  Stanley Schumacher Progressive Conservative 1986 1997

Plebiscite results[edit]

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Drumheller[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 1,597 62.70%
No 950 37.30%
Total Votes 2,547 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 14
5,377 Eligible Electors, Turnout 47.63%

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. Drumheller voted in favour of the proposal by a solid margin. Voter turnout in the district was almost even with 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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