Ernest Watkins

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Ernest Shilston Watkins
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
October 2, 1957 – June 18, 1959
Preceded by Arthur Ryan Smith
Succeeded by District abolished
Constituency Calgary
In office
June 18, 1959 – June 17, 1963
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Bill Dickie
Constituency Calgary Glenmore
Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader
In office
Preceded by Cam Kirby
Succeeded by Milt Harradence
Personal details
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation politician

Ernest Shilston Watkins (June 18, 1902 – 1982) was a provincial politician and author from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1957 to 1963.

Political career[edit]

Watkins was elected in a by-election held in the Calgary provincial electoral district October 2, 1957. He won nearly half the popular vote defeating four other candidates.[1] This was first election held using the first past the post method of voting since 1921.[2]

Watkins was re-elected in the 1959 Alberta general election for the new electoral district of Calgary Glenmore. The race for Calgary Glenmore was tight with Watkins winning by just over 200 votes.[3]

Watkins was the only Progressive Conservative candidate elected in 1959. He became interim leader of his party replacing Cam Kirby. Watkins held the leadership until 1962 when he was replaced by Milt Harradence.


  1. ^ "Past By-Election results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Voters Go To Polls Wednesday - In Calgary". Vol L No. 248. The Lethbridge Herald. October 1, 1957. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Calgary Glenmore results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 

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