Edmonton municipal election, 1957

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The 1957 municipal election was held November 3, 1957 to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and four trustees to sit on the public school board (Michael O'Byrne, Orest Demco, Catherine McGrath, and Joseph Moreau were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board). The electorate also decided seven plebiscite questions.

The election would normally have fallen on October 16 (the third Wednesday in October), but was delayed because of the provincial plebiscite on October 30.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: Frederick John Mitchell, Ethel Wilson, Laurette Douglas, Giffard Main, and Donald Bowen were all elected to two-year terms in 1956 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but three of the positions were already filled: J. Percy Page, John Thorogood, and William Orobko were elected to two-year terms in 1956 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Vincent Dantzer, John Bernard Kane, and Leo Lemieux were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 49955 ballots cast out of 141532 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 35.3%.

Results[edit]

(bold indicates elected, italics indicate incumbent)

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes  %
Citizens' Committee William Hawrelak 32,312 65.15%
Independent Edwin Clarke 13,003 26.22%
Edmonton Voters Association Charles Simmonds 4,282 8.63%

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Cliffard Roy 25,459 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee William Connelly 25,100   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Hu Harries 24,833 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Reginald Easton 24,545   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee James Falconer 23,101   Green tickY
Edmonton Voters Association Charles Thompson 13,001
Independent Ivor Dent 12,503 SS
Edmonton Property Owners Association Edith Rogers 8,794
Edmonton Voters Association David Graham 8,240
Independent Julia Kiniski 7,444
Edmonton Voters Association Orval Allen 7,072 SS
Independent Tempest Aitken 6,744
Independent Thomas Graham 6,333
Edmonton Property Owners Association Vincent McMahon 5,391 SS
Edmonton Voters Association George Rankel 4,215
Edmonton Property Owners Association James Bamber 3,785
Edmonton Property Owners Association Gustave Querengesser 3,560
Edmonton Property Owners Association Alfred Kynnersley 2,991 SS
Independent Stan Rogalski 2,483

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Citizens' Committee Ernest Hanna 20,477   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Angus MacDonald 20,690   Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Robert Johnson 17,527 SS Green tickY
Citizens' Committee Douglas Thomson 16,861 SS Green tickY
Edmonton Voters Association Oscar Krueger 14,200
Edmonton Property Owners Association Elizabeth Scott 9,913 SS
Edmonton Voters Association Frances Shore 8,751
Edmonton Voters Association Jack Hennig 8,607 SS
Edmonton Property Owners Association Clifford Hackett 6,341
Edmonton Voters Association John Lyon 6,123
Edmonton Property Owners Association Herbert Nichols 5,528

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes Elected
Independent Michael O'Byrne Acclaimed Green tickY
Independent Orest Demco Acclaimed Green tickY
Independent Catherine McGrath Acclaimed Green tickY
Independent Joseph Moreau Acclaimed Green tickY

Plebiscites[edit]

Fluoridation of Water[edit]

Shall fluorides, for the prevention of tooth decay, be added to the City water supply sufficient to bring the fluoride content of City water up to the level of one part fluoride to one million parts of water?

  • Yes - 30420
  • No - 16626

Paving[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $965,000.00 for the City share of standard paving of arterial and residential streets?

  • Yes - 22182
  • No - 5022

Parks[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $200,000.00 for the improvement of City parks and the commencement of work on unsubdivided park land, circles, buffer zones, ravine side boulevards and similar works?

  • Yes - 20202
  • No - 6479

Traffic Lights[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $100,000.00 in order to purchase and install additional traffic lights at various locations within the City?

  • Yes - 21048
  • No - 5692

Library[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $100,000.00 in order to construct and equip a branch of the Edmonton Public Library in a location within the City?

  • Yes - 15287
  • No - 10521

Royal Alexandra Hospital[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $250,000.00 to provide necessary renovations to the existing portion of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and equipment for the Hospital?

  • Yes - 21258
  • No - 5657

Fire Hall[edit]

Shall Council pass a bylaw creating a debenture debt in the sum of $245,000.00 in order to build and provide equipment for a Fire Hall at 98th Street and 101A Avenue?

  • Yes - 18418
  • No - 7696

References[edit]

City of Edmonton: Edmonton Elections