Lethbridge (provincial electoral district)
The riding has existed twice. The first incarnation was in 1905 when Alberta first became a province. Lethbridge covered a large patch of southern Alberta, It was broken into Lethbridge District and Lethbridge City in 1909. After Lethbridge District was broken up into Taber and Little Bow in 1913, Lethbridge City was all that remained, using the Lethbridge name; in 1921 Lethbridge was reformed after City was dropped from the name. In 1971 Lethbridge was split into two districts: Lethbridge-East and Lethbridge-West.
- 1 Election results
- 2 Plebiscite results
- 3 References
- 4 External links
1905 general election
|1905 Alberta general election results||Turnout Unknown|
|Rejected, Spoiled and Declined||Unknown|
|Conservative / Progressive Conservative||Wilfred Bowns
|Social Credit||John Landeryou
|C.C.F. / N.D.P.||Klaas Buijert
Single transferable vote, 1926–1940, 1944
|1944||2nd||John Landeryou||Social Credit||2,692|
|1944||1st||John Landeryou||Social Credit||2,367|
|1st||B.F. Tanner||Cooperative Commonwealth||1,464|
|1st||Eugene Scully||Progressive Labour||219|
1926 - 1930
|1930||2nd||Andrew Smeaton||Labour||2,238||1926||2nd||Andrew Smeaton||Labour||1,962|
|2nd||W.D.L. Hardie||Independent||1,978||2nd||R.R. Davidson||Conservative||1,713|
|1930||1st||Andrew Smeaton||Labour||2,036||1930||1st||Andrew Smeaton||Labour||1,584|
|1st||W.D.L. Hardie||Independent||1,598||1st||R.R. Davidson||Conservative||1,459|
|1st||Robert Barrowman||Independent||1,005||1st||W.S. Galbraith||Liberal||1,225|
1906, 1921, 1935 - 1940
|Social Credit||A.E. Smith
|Frank Henry Sherman
|Unity||Peter M. Campbell
|Independent||Peter M. Campbell
|John Smith Stewart
1923 prohibition plebiscite
|Options presented on the ballot||Votes||%|
|(a) Prohibition - Meaning thereby a continuance and development of present Liquor Legislation; that is, meaning the Abolition of the Sale of all Liquors excepting for strictly Medicinal Sacramental, Manufacturing and Scientific Purposes.||1,342||%|
|(b) Licensed Sale of Beer - Meaning thereby, the Sale of Beer in Licensed Hotels and other Premises, as provided in the proposed Temperance Act.||56||%|
|(c) Government Sale of Beer - Meaning thereby, the Sale of Beer by or through Government Vendors for consumption in Private Residences under Government Control and Regulations - other Liquors to be sold through Doctor's Prescription for Medicinal Purposes.||53||%|
|(d) Government Sale of All Liquors - Meaning thereby, the Sale of all Liquors by or through Government Vendors. Beer to be consumed on Licensed Premises and in Private Residences. Wines and Spirits to be purchased in limited quantities under permit issued by the government, under Government Control and Regulations.||3,157||%|
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?|
|4,237 64.90%||2,291 35.10%|
|Province wide result: Option A passed.|
1957 liquor plebiscite
|1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Lethbridge|
|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||66|
|15,974 Eligible Electors, Turnout 51.32%|
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.
Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Lethbridge and Wetaskiwin were the only cities in Alberta to vote against the proposal. It was defeated by the narrowest margins with polls showing a clear split between the north and south sections of the city. The voter turnout in the district was well above the province wide average of 46% with well over half the electors turning out to vote.
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 such as Lethbridge 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.
- "Lethbridge Official Results 1905 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- "Official Referendum Vote In Lethbridge". Lethbridge Daily Herald. November 16, 1923. p. 1.
- 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.