Edmonton municipal election, 1947

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The 1947 municipal election was held November 5, 1947 to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on the public school board (Weldon Bateman, Joseph Gallant, Thomas Malone, and Joseph Pilon were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board). Voters also voted on two plebiscites, one of which approved two-year mayoral terms. Accordingly, Harry Ainlay's election made him the first mayor of Edmonton to serve a two-year term.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Sidney Bowcott, Athelstan Bissett, Sidney Parsons, James Ogilvie, Frederick John Mitchell were all elected to two-year terms in 1946 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: James MacDonald, John Morrison, and Robert Rae had been elected to two-year terms in 1946 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Adrian Crowe, Francis Killeen, and James O'Hara were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 18676 ballots cast out of 76112 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 24.5%.


(bold indicates elected, italics indicate incumbent)


Party Candidate Votes  %
Civic Democratic Alliance Harry Ainlay 16,948 91.60%
Independent Frederick Speed 1,554 8.40%


Party Candidate Votes
     Citizens' Committee Armour Ford 10,998
     Citizens' Committee Harold Tanner 10,909
     Citizens' Committee James McCrie Douglas 10,730
     Citizens' Committee Charles Gariepy 9,398
     Citizens' Committee George Gleave 8,229
Civic Democratic Alliance Percy Gwynne 7,031
Civic Democratic Alliance John Gillies 6,953
Civic Democratic Alliance Charles Willis 6,135
Civic Democratic Alliance Norman Finnemore 5,451
Civic Democratic Alliance Charles Gilbert 5,105
Independent Arthur Hamelin 3,373
Independent Julia Kiniski 2,133
Independent Amy Speed 1,133

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Citizens' Committee Mary Butterworth 10,490
     Citizens' Committee George Brown 10,390
     Citizens' Committee Stewart Graham 8,697
     Citizens' Committee William Morrow 8,617
Civic Democratic Alliance Elizabeth Haynes 7,463
Civic Democratic Alliance Reta Rowan 5,344
Civic Democratic Alliance Robert Boutilier 4,701
Civic Democratic Alliance William Chmiliar 4,031
Independent Frederick Speed 1,416

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Weldon Bateman, Joseph Gallant, Thomas Malone, and Joseph Pilon were acclaimed.


Mayoral Term[edit]

Are you in favour of a two-year term for Mayor?

  • Yes - 9959
  • No - 8312

Civic Auditorium/Art and Recreation Centre[edit]

Shall the Council pass a bylaw to create a debt in the sum of $1,500,00.00 for the purpose of constructing, within the City of Edmonton, a municipal building to be used as a Civic Auditorium and an Art and Recreation Centre and issue serial debentures in the sum not exceeding 30 years with interest not exceeding 4% payable semi-annually?

  • Yes - 4362
  • No - 4105


City of Edmonton: Edmonton Elections