Lac La Biche (provincial electoral district)
Lac La Biche was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada. It was mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1952 to 1971. It replaced the riding of Beaver River and received the north-east parts of Athabasca, including the town of McMurray. It was replaced in 1971 by Lac La Biche-McMurray with minor boundary changes.
|See Beaver River 1913-1952 and Athabasca 1905-1952|
|12th||1952–1955||Harry Lobay||Social Credit|
|1968–1971||Damase Bouvier||Social Credit|
|See Lac La Biche-McMurray 1971-1986|
The district's first MLA was one-term member for the abolished riding of Beaver River, Harry Lobay, who sat with the Social Credit caucus in government. He was defeated in the 1952 election by Liberal Michael Maccagno.
Maccagno defended the riding in three successive elections, and was party leader between 1964 and 1968. He resigned his seat in that year, triggering a by-election which was won by Social Credit candidate Dan Bouvier.
|Alberta general election, 1952|
|Social Credit||Harry Lobay||1,832||50.55%|
|Total valid votes||3,624|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||184|
|Electors / Turnout||5,561||68.48%|
|Social Credit pickup new district.|
|Alberta general election, 1955|
|Social Credit||Harry Lobay||1,868||49.17%||-1.38%|
|Total valid votes||3,799|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||98|
|Electors / Turnout||5,263||74.05%||+5.57%|
|Liberal gain from Social Credit||Swing||+1.38%|
For the 1959 election, rural districts were elected by the first past the post method instead of the previous instant runoff voting. No second round had ever been needed in Lac La Biche, but this change can be seen in the dramatic drop in spoiled (incorrectly marked) ballots.
|Alberta general election, 1959|
|Social Credit||Elwin Woynarowich||1,518||41.44%||-7.73%|
|Progressive Conservative||Henry Thompson||411||11.22%|
|Total valid votes||3,663|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||15|
|Electors / Turnout||5,263||69.88%||-4.17%|
|Alberta general election, 1963|
|Social Credit||Elwin Woynarowich||1,479||36.15%||-5.29%|
|New Democratic||Henry Tomaschuk||297||7.26%|
|Progressive Conservative||Henry Thompson||260||6.36%||-4.86%|
|Independent Social Credit||Rudolph Michetti||246||60.1%|
|Total valid votes||4,091|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||5|
|Electors / Turnout||5,235||78.24%||+8.36%|
|Alberta general election, 1967|
|Social Credit||Harry Lobay||1,613||35.20%||-0.95%|
|New Democratic||Fred Ustina||758||16.54%||+9.28%|
|Total valid votes||4,583|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||130*|
|Electors / Turnout||7,165||63.96%||-14.28%|
|Alberta provincial by-election, August 20, 1968
upon the resignation of Michael Maccagno
|Social Credit||Damase Bouvier||2,765||56.87%||+21.67%|
|Progressive Conservative||J. Bergeron||1,238||25.46%|
|New Democratic||R. Stuart||206||4.24%||-12.30%|
|Total valid votes||4,862|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||-|
|Electors / Turnout||-||-||-|
|Social Credit gain from Liberal||Swing||-1.90%|
1957 liquor plebiscite
|1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Lac La Biche|
|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||9|
|4,678 Eligible Electors, Turnout 34.42%|
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.
Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Lac La Biche voted in favour of the proposal with a near landslide majority. Voter turnout in the district was poor, as it fell significantly below the province wide average of 46%.
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.
- "Heritage Community Foundation: Election results for Lac La Biche". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- "Elections Alberta: By-elections". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- 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, 1958. p. 1.
- "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.