Sedgewick (provincial electoral district)

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Sedgewick was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada from 1909 until 1963

MLAs[edit]

The district elected the following members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta:

  Name Party Elected Left Office
  Charles Stewart Liberal 1909 1922
  Albert Andrews United Farmers 1922 1935
  Albert Fee Social Credit 1935 1952
  Jack Hillman Social Credit 1952 1963

Results[edit]

July 10, 1922 by-election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
United Farmers Albert Andrews Acclaimed
1921 Alberta general election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
  Liberal Charles Stewart Acclaimed
1917 Alberta general election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
  Liberal Charles Stewart 1,657 63.1%
  Conservative John R. Lavell 971 36.9%
1913 Alberta general election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
  Liberal Charles Stewart 889 70.1%
  Conservative W. Watson 371 29.9%
1912 by-election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
  Liberal Charles Stewart 2,022 67.7%
  Conservative William John Blair 963 32.3%
1909 Alberta general election results (Sedgewick)[1] Turnout N.A.
  Liberal Charles Stewart Acclaimed

Plebiscite results[edit]

1957 liquor plebiscite[edit]

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Sedgewick[2]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
No 1,706 55.61%
Yes 1,362 44.39%
Total Votes 3,068 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 9
5,921 Eligible Electors, Turnout 51.97%

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.[3]

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.[2]

Province wide Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts while Question B passed in all five districts. Sedgewick voted against the proposal by a comfortable margin. The voter turnout in the district was just well above the province wide average of 46%.[2]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[2] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not considered the results binding.[4] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[5]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the Plebiscite such as Sedgewick 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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mardon, Ernest; Mardon, Austin (1993). Alberta Election Results 1882–1992. Edmonton: Documentary Heritage Society of Alberta. p. 117.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Mardon_117" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2,247–2,249. 
  3. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2. 
  4. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1968. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.