Garth Turcott

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Garth A. Turcott
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
October 6, 1966 – May 23, 1967
Preceded byWilliam Kovach
Succeeded byCharles Drain
ConstituencyPincher Creek-Crowsnest
Personal details
Born(1930-07-30)July 30, 1930
Northern Ontario
DiedJanuary 11, 2018(2018-01-11) (aged 87)
High River, Alberta
Political partyAlberta NDP
Occupationlawyer, politician

Garth-Alphonse Turcott (born July 30, 1930) is a lawyer and a former provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1966 to 1967 sitting as the first member of the New Democratic Party to be elected in Alberta and the only member of its caucus at that time.[1]

Early life[edit]

Turcott went to the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 1956.

Political career[edit]

Turcott ran for a seat to the Alberta legislature in a by-election held on October 6, 1966 in the electoral district of Pincher Creek-Crowsnest. The by-election was hotly contested by all four candidates. Turcott ended up winning by just over 100 voters over Social Credit candidate J.H. Hanrahan.[2] This was the first election won by a candidate running under the Alberta NDP banner,[3] although members of the NDP's predecessor, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation sat in the legislature continuously from 1942 to 1959.

During the by-election and continuing after he took his seat Turcott along with NDP Leader Neil Reimer leveled accusations of corruption against the Social Credit government, specifically that Edgar Hinman and Alfred Hooke used their offices for personal gain.[4]

The 1967 Alberta general election would be called less than a year after Turcott was elected. He would run for a second term but was defeated finishing second to Social Credit candidate Charles Drain.[5]

Late life[edit]

Turcott runs a legal practice in Pincher Creek, Alberta. He is also on the board of directors for the Pincher Creek Co-op Association.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "By-elections 1905-1973". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  3. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help) (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. November 16, 2005. p. 1672.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Manning Orders Probe Made On Charges Against Members". The Montreal Gazette. May 12, 1967. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Pincher Creek-Crowsnest results 1967". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Pincher Creek CO-OP 2008 AGM" (PDF). Pincher Creek CO-OP. April 7, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2010.

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