Gleichen (electoral district)
The district was named after the town of Gleichen Alberta, that is situated north of Siksika Nation.
1905 general election
|1905 Alberta general election results||Turnout Unknown|
|Conservative||John W. Hayes||640||48.97%|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||Unknown|
1955 - 1959
|1959 Results||1955 Results|
|Social Credit||George Bell||2,061||57.78%||Social Credit||George Bell||1,912||51.73%|
|Progressive Conservative||A. John Van Wezel||754||21.14%||Liberal||Carman Ellis||1,784||48.27%|
1944 - 1952
|1952 Results||1948 Results||1944 Results|
|Social Credit||George Bell||2,061||68.49%||Social Credit||George Bell||2,354||64.37%||Social Credit||George Bell||2,032||50.22%|
|Liberal||Charles County||675||22.43%||Independent||Jonathan Wheatley||1,303||35.63%||Independent||Donald McKinnon||1,072||26.50%|
|C.C.F.||Aubrey Gibson||273||9.08%||C.C.F.||B.C. Henricks||942||23.28%|
1930 - 1940
|1940 Results||1935 Results||1930 Results|
|Independent||Donald McKinnon||2,255||51.46%||Social Credit||Isaac McCune||2,093||53.90%||United Farmers||John Buckley||1,565||59.42%|
|Social Credit||Isaac McCune||1,457||33.25%||United Farmers||John Buckley||895||22.64%||Independent||H.S.B. Chamberlain||1,069||40.58%|
|C.C.F.||J.H. Coldwell||670||15.29%||Liberal||Frank Lount||478||12.24%|
1917 - 1926
|1926 Results||1921 Results||1917 Results|
|United Farmers||John Buckley||1,585||56.91%||United Farmers||John Buckley||1,565||67.25%||Conservative||Fred Davis||762||42.76%|
|Conservative||Hugh Miller||722||25.92%||Liberal||H. Scott||762||32.75%||Liberal||John Peter McArthur||712||40.52%|
|Liberal||Frank Lount||478||17.17%||Independent||John Leedy||308||16.72%|
1910 - 1913
|1913 Results||1911 By-Election Results||1910 By-Election Results|
|Liberal||John Peter McArthur||641||52.67%||Conservative||Harold Riley||1,370||56.06%||Liberal||Archibald J. McArthur||1,119||54.91%|
|Conservative||George McElroy||576||47.33%||Liberal||John Peter McArthur||1,064||43.71%||Independent||Ezra Riley||919||45.09%|
1905 - 1909
|1909 Results||1906 By-Election Results|
|Liberal||Ezra Riley||770||59.46%||Liberal||Ezra Riley||560||56.28%|
|Conservative||James Shouldice||525||40.54%||Conservative||W.L. Walsh||435||43.72%|
1948 Electrification Plebiscite
District results from the first province wide plebiscite on electricity regulation.
|Option A||Option B|
|Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being continued by the Power Companies?||Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being made a publicly owned utility administered by the Alberta Government Power Commission?|
|2,007 56.04%||1,574 43.96%|
|Province wide result: Option A passed.|
1957 liquor plebiscite
|1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Gleichen|
|Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the|
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||13|
|4,885 Eligible Electors, Turnout 48.58%|
|Question B1: Should mixed drinking be allowed|
in beer parlours in Calgary and the surrounding areas?
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||0|
|19 Eligible Electors, Turnout 26.32%|
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.
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. Question B was slightly modified depending on which city the voters were in.
Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Gleichen voted overwhelmingly in favor of the plebiscite. The district recorded about average voter turnout, being a couple points above the province wide 46% average.
Gleichen also voted on question B1 with just 19 residents lying inside the electoral district within the corporate limits of Calgary. Only 5 residents showed up to vote, they unanimously voted to allow mixed drinking.
Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957. The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding. However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.
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.
- December 7, 1906—Appointment of Mr. Charles Stuart to the Judicial Bench.
- October 3, 1910—Resignation Ezra Riley in protest against leadership of his party.
- October 31, 1911—Death of Mr. Archibald J. McArthur.
- "Gleichen Official Results 1905 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
- Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2, 247–2, 249.
- "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2.
- "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1.
- "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1968. p. 1.
- "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.